People / Luzius Wirth to head Swissport UK & Ireland as Tommy Watt retires

first_imgMr Wirth takes up his new duties in June, which will focus on regional expansion of Swissport.In taking on the role, he will replace Tommy Watt, who announced his retirement after four years with the company following its acquisition of Servisair in 2013 – where Mr Watt worked as chief operating officer.Over a 40-year career, Mr Watt held numerous positions in the ground handling sector.Eric Born, group president and chief executive of Swissport International, described the UK and Ireland as important markets for the ground handler.“We are committed to ensure a smooth transition and to continue to deliver services to our valued customers with reliability, consistency and quality,” added Mr Born.“We all wish Tommy only the best for his future.” By Alexander Whiteman 14/03/2017 Swissport has appointed Luzius Wirth (pictured above) chief executive of its UK and Ireland operations.Mr Wirth has agreed to pair his new role with his existing job of executive vice president group services for the ground handler.Mr Wirth’s career has seen him work as a consultant for both IBM and PwC before moving on to McKinsey, where he took responsibility for project management.He then moved to US chemical company NCH Europe as head of strategy and planning but less than a year later moved to Swissport, where he has spent the past five years.last_img read more

Intensified Mathematics Programme to be Implemented in September

first_imgRelatedBursaries for 1,000 Tertiary Students in PATH Households FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsAn intensified Mathematics programme will be implemented to address the continued poor performance in the subjectBehind targets for Mathematics established in the National Education Strategic Plan40 per cent of the teachers at the secondary level are unqualified mathematics teachers Intensified Mathematics Programme to be Implemented in September EducationAugust 19, 2013Written by: Glenis A. Rose RelatedBack-To-School Treat for Hanover Childrencenter_img RelatedEducation Ministry/Spanish Jamaica Foundation Bring Spanish to Local TV Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has announced that come the start of the new academic year in September, an intensified Mathematics programme will be implemented to address the continued poor performance in the subject.“The central objective of the programme is to ensure that persons engaging our children in the teaching and learning of the content are most effective,” the Minister said.Rev. Thwaites was delivering the keynote address at the Ministry of Education, Region 4 Stakeholders’ Back-to-School Conference 2013, at the Grand Palladium Hotel and Resort in Lucea, Hanover, on August 15.The Minister indicated that in the Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) examination results which were released earlier this week, there was an increase in passes in some 25 of 35 subject areas.“There has been nearly a 5 per cent increase in Mathematics passes over last year’s outcome, which indicates that 42.2 per cent of candidates who took the exam passed.  This means that 1,100 more students passed than last year.  The Ministry is however, not satisfied with the outcomes relating to these passes in Mathematics as well as similar results in English, as they are both important for economic growth and development,” the Minister said.He said Jamaica has much ground to cover, if the country is to attain the targets for Mathematics established in the National Education Strategic Plan, which outlines 85 per cent mastery at Grade 4; 80 per cent of students attaining 65 per cent or more in Mathematics on the Grade 6 Achievement Test and 100 per cent of the Grade 11 cohort sitting CSEC Mathematics by 2016.“We are behind in these targets and our students continue to register poor performance in Mathematics due to several factors.  A significant cause is that many teachers at the primary and secondary levels of the education system are not fully equipped to effectively support the teaching and learning of the subject,” Rev. Thwaites said.“The results of the 2011 Ministry of Education census showed that only 9 per cent of teachers of mathematics at the secondary level are qualified to teach the subject to Grade 11, while some 40 per cent of the teachers at the secondary level are unqualified mathematics teachers, as they are trained in other areas of specialization; and 39 per cent of teachers at the primary level have no secondary mathematics certification,” the Minister noted.Rev. Thwaites  said the National Mathematics Policy Guidelines, scheduled to be implemented in September, is central to the Ministry’s response to the critical status of Mathematics in Jamaica.More than 300 Principals and Board Chairmen attended the Back-to- School Conference, which was held under the theme: ‘Leadership with a mission: Developing a culture of performance’. Advertisementslast_img read more