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INSIGHT

MAURITIUS’ FIRST-EVER YOUTH NEWSPAPER, BY AND ABOUT THE YOUTH

VOL 7 • NO. 1

JANUARY 2017 – FREE EDITION

ISSN 1694­–2922

EDUCATION 191,600 CHILDREN RESUME CLASSES IN 2017 A total of 191 600 children, representing the student population of both primary (81 600) and secondary (110 000) education sectors, resumed school on 10 January 2017. // PAGE 3

EDUCATION

JOIN THE FORCE

DO YOU HAVE IT IN YOU?

11,163 NEEDY CHILDREN RECEIVE SCHOOL MATERIALS Children of pre-primary and primary schools were provided with a cash grant of Rs 1500, while children of secondary and pre-vocational schools had benefit from a cash grant of Rs 2000, said Mr Prithvirajsing Roopunin the National Assembly. // PAGE 4


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EDITORIAL

EDUCATION

191,600 CHILDREN RESUME CLASSES IN 2017

WE WANT TO HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY TO THE WORLD FROM THE EDITOR

Every time an attack happens or something devastating takes place, we assume the ‘I am…’ stance. It’s happened a lot over the last couple years and I doubt it will come to an end any time soon, sadly. The thing is, I understand the sentiment behind showing this kind of solidarity – however little it actually does in the end apart from show others in your social media networks that you are showing your solidarity with something that has happened thousands of kilometres from you. Don’t get me wrong, I am not made of cynicism alone. But I realised something which led me to this point. The world makes it really hard to see that good still exists. We hear of attacks on innocent people, heartless acts in the name of a supposed ‘greater good’ and closer to home we hear of such blatant brutality on our fellow countrymen and women. A woman gets beaten so badly that she is not only forced to go into emergency labour but that her child is born with bruises. It is really hard to process this and if something like this does not make you shiver then I sadly feel the world has indeed made us far too numb to function like normal human beings any more. I’d rather not go into detail about all the other horror stories we seem to be hearing of late on our

own shores because at the end of it all, it only leaves us with heavier hearts. The thing is, we can keep saying, pray for xyz, and adopt the ‘I am’ stance but honestly, the only thing I am right now is tired. I have tried to process all of the harshness and brutality, tried to find a logical explanation for it even tried to understand what would cause such hatred among people but I cannot anymore. INSIGHT launches this month on the premise that we want the youth to understand their role in society. You are young and have a voice, but sometimes it feels like no one wants to hear you, right? That is where we disagree. The publication is a chance for you to be informed about issues that are affecting the world and affecting our country and more importantly, that do not just affect the older generations around you. Is it not time you realised that your voices count too and that in order to be heard by others, you need to be well and truly informed? There are issues that we need to start addressing and talking about them and the more we are open about these kinds of things, the less they are going to divide us as a human race. There are issues that you, as the youth, need to start taking care of and not simply shrugging it off when you hear things happening. This is why INSIGHT features a variety of content both serious and lighter in topic to mirror as much of life as we can because it is not always all

ous Basic Education (NYCBE) – is being implemented.

This monthly publication is available, for free, in all tertiary institutions, 126 secondary schools and youth centres in Mauritius.

The core of the reform is the replacement of the CPE by the Primary School Achievement Certificate at the end of Grade 6 as from 2017 onwards.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATION Jawahar Lall Athal (Krishna) athalkrishna@gmail.com DIRECTOR OF MARKETING Pascale Alphonse myinsight.news@gmail.com

Under the NYCBE, the Proposed Education Structure will comprise 13 grades as follows:

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bad all the time and we need to remember this. Our publication aims to encourage engagement on topics. We want to hear what you have to say so that the content we provide satisfies the needs you have. Have something to say to us? Get in touch via facebook or email and tell us what you want to read about or what you think about what you have read. The world is becoming a harder place to understand and even on the days when I cannot fathom what we as humans are doing to each other – I still have that glimmer of hope within me that helps me keep on going. It’s not all bad all of the time and we’d do well to keep reminding each other of this for a greater good. 

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total of 191 600 children, representing the student population of both primary (81 600) and secondary (110 000) education sectors, resumed school on 10 January 2017. The number of pupils who have joined Grade 1, formerly Standard I (primary level), is 12 000, while 15 000 students have enrolled in the secondary education sector in Grade 7, previously Form I. The school calendar for the Primary and Secondary Education Sectors for Academic Year 2017, is as follows:

Term

Primary

1

Monday 9 January to Friday 7 April

Monday 9 January to Friday 7 April

2

Monday 24 April to Friday 14 July

Monday 24 April to Friday 14 July

3

Monday 14 August to Friday 3 November

Monday 7 August to Friday 27 October

Grade

Level of Education

1-6

Basic Education (Primary)

Primary Schools

7-9

Basic Education (Lower Secondary)

Regional Secondary Schools

10-11

Upper Secondary

Regional Secondary Schools

12-13

Upper Secondary

Regional Secondary Schools

Secondary

2017 – Transition year It is recalled that Academic Year 2017 is considered the transition year during which Government’s reform project for Mauritius’ learning sector - the Nine-Year Continu-

School Setting

Other amendments, under the NYCBE include: the introduction of a National Certificate of Education as from 2020 onwards; and the setting up of Academies which will run classes from Grades 10 to 13 and specialise in certain streams/ subjects, and of Polytechnics. The objectives are to provide equitable Learning for All opportunities for students to attain high levels of achievement, and inculcate in young people a sense of moral responsibility, patriotism and set of values. 


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EDUCATION

11,163 NEEDY CHILDREN RECEIVE SCHOOL MATERIALS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2017

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total of 11,163 needy children from some 6252 eligible households have benefit from a cash grant allowance under the School Materials Scheme during academic year 2017.

The grant was credited to the bank accounts of the eligible SRM households on 3 January 2017. Households, which did not have a bank account, were paid through the Mauritius Post as from 5 January 2017. Rs 1500 vs. Rs 2000 In fact, children of pre-primary and primary schools were provided with a cash grant of Rs 1500, while children of secondary and pre-vocational schools had benefit from a cash grant of Rs 2000, the Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun, said in the National Assembly. He further announced that the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has agreed that the School Materials Scheme be extended, on an exceptional basis,

Out of these households, a first batch of 6,385 households has been finalised and payment of the cash grant was effected through the Mauritius Post from 5 to 20 January 2017.

The National Empowerment Foundation is presently updating information on the remaining households and payment will be effected by the end of January 2017. 

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The cash grant is in accordance with the new poverty threshold worked out under the Social Register of Mauritius for the purchase of school materials for academic year 2017.

to the 13 267 eligible households under the previous register for academic year 2017.


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COVER STORY

COVER STORY

MPF recruits 340 Temporary Police Constables...

DO YOU HAVE IT IN YOU TO JOIN THE POLICE FORCE?

“The first and foremost duty of a police officer is to serve the nation and its people and also to be in the frontline to uphold law and order,” says Mrs Nirmala Boodhoo.

on mainland Mauritius, Rodrigues and other outer islands. It is headed by the Commissioner of Police and operates under the aegis of the Home Affairs Division of the Prime Minister’s Office.

The exercise, conducted by the Disciplined Forces Service Commission, aims at identifying and appointing qualified persons with the drive and skill for efficient performance. The selection, carried out in alphabetical order, kick-started on 10 January 2017 for male can-

The age limit has been extended from 25 years to 28 years old and the Body Mass Index criteria has been removed.

According to Mrs Boodhoo, these selection procedures form part of a rebranding strategy for the Mauritius Police Force to ensure transparency in the recruitment process. The first and foremost duty of a police officer is to serve the nation and its people and also to be in the frontline to uphold law and order, she added. Overview of the MPF The Mauritius Police Force (MPF) is the national law enforcement agency for the Republic of Mauritius. It is governed by the Police Act 1974 and responsible for policing

Police Act 1974

General nature

• Law enforcement • Civilian agency

Head-quarters

Line Barracks, Port Louis

Sworn members

12,475 (2013)

Elected officer responsible

Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius

Agency executive

Commissioner of Police, Mr Mario Nobin

Child agencies

• Special Mobile Force • Coast Guard of Mauritius

Divisions

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About the selection The recruitment exercise for Police Constables will be ongoing until 25 January 2017, while the process for Women Police Constables will

start on 30 January. Different stages are involved in this exercise, namely: briefing session on the procedures and the role of Police Constables; and, height screening test to select only those candidates who meet the minimum height requirement of 1m70, following which they can proceed to having their documents verified. Moreover, candidates are expected to possess the minimum academic requirements and to be computer literate. Only the best candidates undergo the physical aptitude tests for chest measurements and fitness. The selected candidates will then be called for medical examinations and interviews. It is to be noted that the selection process will also take place in Rodrigues in the coming months to allow qualified candidates join the Mauritius Police Force. 

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MAURITIUS POLICE FORCE Abbreviation

MPF

Motto

With you, making Mauritius safer AGENCY OVERVIEW

Formed

1 August, 1767

Legal personality

Governmental: Government agency

JURISDICTIONAL STRUCTURE National agency

Mauritius

Size

2,040 km2

Population

1,288,000

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n exercise for the recruitment of around 340 Police Constables and Women Police Constables to serve the Mauritius Police Force is currently underway at the Special Mobile Force Warriors’ Rest, in Vacoas.

didates. Present at the venue of the exercise on 11 January, the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission and the Disciplined Forces Service Commission, Mrs Nirmala Boodhoo described the selection process as revolutionary given that several changes have been brought to allow more candidates apply for the position.

Constituting instrument

OPERATIONAL STRUCTURE

The MPF is presently composed of about 12,500 Police officers posted Divisions and Branches which comprise, among others, an Anti Drug and Smuggling Unit (ADSU), Passport and Immigration Office (PIO), paramilitary units- Special Mobile Force (SMF) and Special Support Unit (SSU,) an air wing -Police Helicopter Squadron (PHS) and Maritime Air Squadron (MAS) and a naval wing-National Coast Guard (NCG). The Commissioner of Police is supported by Deputy Commissioners, Assistant Commissioners and Police Officers in various grades and is empowered to set rules and regulations, through standing orders, for an effective and sound management and functioning of the MPF and for a better delivery of service.

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OPPORTUNITY

STATISTICS

GRADUATE TRAINING FOR EMPLOYMENT SCHEME (GTES)

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he Graduate Training for Employment Scheme (GTES) is an initiative of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research developed jointly with the HRDC and Business Mauritius. GTES follows the Budget Speech 2015/2016 which announced measures to develop tailor-made crash courses in fields with high job prospects in order to improve the employability of unemployed graduates whose training does not match market requirements.

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Interested employers / group of employers / industry associations can identify skills gaps within their business, and enlist and train graduates on customised training through the following methods: • Courses mounted in-house by the employer to meet specific skills requirements of the business; • Courses mounted jointly by the employer and a

registered training provider; Courses mounted by a group of employers or through industry associations with a registered training provider; or Industry Certification programmes or professional courses.

Benefits for Unemployed Graduates Industry

Benefits for Employers / Group of Employers / Industry Associations Receive up to Rs 80,000 as Government funding for the cost of training per graduate. Mount customised courses to address your identified area of skills shortage. Select trainees from an available pool of graduates ready to fill the talent gap in your enterprise.

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Free training and development opportunities as well as hands- on work placement experience to gain industry-relevant skills. Possible employment upon successful completion of training. Receive a monthly stipend of Rs 6,000 for the duration of the training (course and placement), to be provided by HRDC.

Eligibility criteria •

Unemployed graduates who are not on work placement under the Youth Employment Programme (YEP). Interested candidates should possess at least a degree or equivalent from a recognised institution.

Duration of the programme Course and placement duration is 3 - 12 months.

“Interested?

How to take the first steps? Employers / group of employers / industry associations 1. 2.

3.

Register online at www. gtes.hrdc.mu Identify exactly what skills gap you have that a graduate may be able to fill in your business. Find out which tertiary education institution / training provider runs MQA / TEC approved courses which are tailored to your business requirements.

Graduates Eligible graduates can register online at www.gtes.hrdc.mu Application Forms and the Terms & Conditions are available at: www.gtes.hrdc.mu Contact For any further information, please contact Mrs Prema Imrit, Mr Phavind Jaddoo or Mrs Preetisha Gungadoo at: Tel: 454 4009 Email: gtes@hrdc.intnet.mu INSIGHT wishes you best of luck in your endeavour! 

ENQUÊTE SUR LE BUDGET DES MÉNAGES, 2017

Did you know

11% of people are left handed

Did you know

August has the highest percentage of births

Did you know

Unless food is mixed with saliva you can’t taste it

Le bureau des statistiques, STATISTICS MAURITIUS, entreprend de janvier à decembre 2017 une enquête sur le budget des ménages (Household Budget Survey).

Did you know

The average person falls asleep in 7 minutes

Did you know

A bear has 42 teeth

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An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain

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Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries

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8% of people have an extra rib

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85% of plant life is found in the ocean

Cet exercice est effectué chaque cinq ans à l’ile Maurice ainsi qu’à Rodrigues.

Did you know

Ralph Lauren’s original name was Ralph Lifshitz

Did you know

Rabbits like licorice

Did you know

The Hawaiian alphabet has 13 letters

Le but principal de cette enquête est de recueillir des données sur les dépenses des ménages afin de mettre à jour le panier du consommateur.

Did you know

‘Topolino’ is the name for Mickey Mouse Italy

Did you know

A lobsters blood is colourless but when exposed to oxygen it turns blue

Did you know

A noter que ce panier est un outil de base pour le calcul de l’indice des prix à la consommation (Consumer Price Index, CPI) et par extension le taux d’inflation.

Armadillos have 4 babies at a time and are all the same sex

Did you know

Reindeer like bananas

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The longest recorded flight of a chicken was 13 seconds

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Birds need gravity to swallow

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The most commonly used letter in the alphabet is E

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The 3 most common languages in the world are Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and English

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Dreamt is the only word that ends in mt

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The first letters of the months July through to November spell JASON

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A cat has 32 muscles in each ear

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Perth is Australia’s windiest city

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Goldfish can see both infrared and ultraviolet light

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The smallest bones in the human body are found in your ear

Did you know

Cats spend 66% of their life asleep

Did you know

Switzerland eats the most chocolate equating to 10 kilos per person per year

Did you know

Money is the number one thing that couples argue about

L’exercice sera effectué auprès d’un echantillon de 7,000 ménages choisis scientifiquement de façon à représenter tous les ménages mauriciens. Chaque mois, quelques 580 ménages (540 à l’ile Maurice et 40 à Rodrigues) seront visités par des fonctionnaires employés par Statistics Mauritius. Ces officiers sont munis d’une carte d’identité delivrée par la Directrice leur autorisant à recueillir les informations appropriées. COMMUNIQUE STATISTICS MAURITIUS


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SPORTS NEWS

RENDEZ-VOUS

PREMIER LEAGUE: JANUARY FIXTURES

LA COMÉDIE MUSICALE SISTER ACT (LA REPRISE) DU 17 AU 19 FÉVRIER

L SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017 16:30

Liverpool

v

Swansea City

19:00

Crystal Palace

v

Everton

19:00

Middlesbrough

v

West Ham United

19:00

AFC Bournemouth

v

Watford

19:00

Stoke City

v

Manchester United

19:00

West Bromwich Albion

v

Sunderland

21:30

Manchester City

v

Tottenham Hotspur

a reprise de Sister Act au J & J Auditorium, les 17, 18 et 19 février est de nouveau d’actualité avec la mise en vente des billlets chez Otayo (Tel 466 9999) et la Cure de Notre Dame de Lourdes (Tel:4643422).

Achetez vos places dès maintenant. Une belle occasion de revenir voir le spectacle ou un beau cadeau à offrir à ceux que vous aimez! 

OSB CREW AU SAXO BEACH CLUB, FLIC EN FLAC LE 31 JANVIER

NOUVEL AN CHINOIS 2017 : LES SOIRÉES ET ÉVÈNEMENTS À NE PAS RATER Plusieurs évènements auront lieu à partir du vendredi 27 janvier pour accueillir l’année du coq. En effet, cette année le nouvel an chinois est célébré le samedi 28 janvier 2017. Découvrez une sélection ci-dessous: Casela Une soirée se tiendra le vendredi 27 janvier à partir de 22h. Plusieurs DJs enflammeront les deux pistes de danse qui seront à votre disposition. Les billets sont disponibles à partir de Rs 500. OMG night-club

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2017 16:00

Southampton

v

Leicester City

18:15

Arsenal

v

Burnley

20:30

Chelsea

v

Hull City

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017 0:00

Liverpool

v

Chelsea

23:45

AFC Bournemouth

v

Crystal Palace

23:45

Arsenal

v

Watford

23:45

Burnley

v

Leicester City

23:45

Middlesbrough

v

West Bromwich Albion

23:45

Sunderland

v

Tottenham Hotspur

23:45

Swansea City

v

Southampton

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SB Crew se produira en spectacle le mardi 31 janvier au Saxo Beach Club à Flic en Flac. La soirée débutera à partir de 21 heures pour prendre fin aux

petites heures du matin. Le prix des billets en prévente est à Rs 250 mais se vendront à Rs 300 à la porte. 

Chris Taylor, le DJ sud-africain, sera aux platines le vendredi 27 janvier à partir de 22h. Angsana Balaclava ‘High-Tea Experience’ de 15h00 à 17h00 le samedi 28 janvier.

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