In light of the release of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) results, it was evident that there was a gender gap with a greater number of females placing in the top one per cent of the country compared to the number of males.Education Minister Nicolette HenryOut of the 174 students who placed in the top one per cent, 104 were female, while 70 were male.The gender gap is an issue which Guyana has seen for a number of years as it relates to academic performances. At the announcement of the results last week, these numbers were addressed by Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who explained that there was approximately the same number of males and females at the primary level.However, the ratio is disrupted at the secondary level, where the number of males is reduced by half.Top student Naila RahamanShe stated, “At the primary level and nursery level, we have ratio of 1:1 of boys and girls. By the time they write CXC, we have two girls to every one boy. So, somewhere along the continuum, we’re losing them. That is data and enough reason for us to act.”She noted that male underachievement at these examinations required “strategic” intervention and hence, a symposium was organised last week by the Ministry in collaboration with the University of Guyana (UG); the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Caricom to begin work on bridging the gender divide.“These issues require evidence-based, scientific and proven strategies to address and, therefore, we’re bringing the experts. We have people who are from the international community, the regional community, our academic community, and other communities.”The NGSA results were announced on Thursday last with the top performer being Nalia Rahaman of Westfield Prep, who secured a perfect score of 529 marks.
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Values Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-02-15 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Report: Conditions Indicate Home Value Growth in 2013 Conditions are “”ripe”” for home values in 2013, according to data collected by “”Realtor.com””:http://www.realtor.com/.[IMAGE]Realtor.com’s national housing data for January 2013 shows last year’s trends are set to continue this year, creating opportunities in certain markets for both buyers and sellers.At the national level, listing inventories decreased 16.47 percent year-over-year in January, dropping to their lowest level since January 2007, when Realtor.com began collecting this data. On a monthly basis, the for-sale inventory was down 5.63 percent.””The significant year-over-year decline in homes for sale shows that the real estate market has worked through much of its excess inventory and, if these conditions continue, sellers are more likely to receive their asking price,”” Realtor.com said in a release.Sellers don’t appear to be taking advantage just yet, however: According to the data, the national median list price for single-family homes, condos, townhomes, and co-ops in January was $187,000, up only 0.80 percent year-over-year.The low inventory did apparently have an effect on the average amount of time that homes spent on the market. [COLUMN_BREAK]The median age of inventory of for-sale listings was 108 days in January, down 2.70 percent month-over-month and 9.24 percent year-over-year.These factors all point to continued gains in value for the next year, said Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Realtor.com operator “”Move, Inc.””:http://www.move.com/?source=web””If inventories remain low and list prices begin to rise over the next few months, as they did last year, conditions will be ripe for additional markets to appreciate in 2013,”” Berkowitz said.At the local level, Realtor.com also forecasts a continuation of 2012’s trends–for better and for worse.””States that were once at the center of the housing crisis, including Arizona, California and Washington, are continuing on upward trajectories. In several markets, particularly in California, home sellers are seeing a dramatic advantage when putting their homes on the market with some of the best prices in recent years,”” Realtor.com said.However, “”markets in the older industrialized parts of the Midwest and the East will likely continue to struggle without a significant turnaround in their local economies.””Realtor.com added that the recovery will continue to hinge upon a number of factors, including economic strength, cost and availability of financing, consumer expectations regarding price growth, and the success of loss mitigation efforts.In terms of market balance, sellers appear to have the greatest advantage in the West, with Sacramento, San Jose, San Francisco, and Phoenix taking four of the five top spots in Realtor.com’s 2013 Best Sellers Markets. The one outlier was Washington, D.C.Buyers, meanwhile, have it made in Asheville (North Carolina), Peoria (Illinois), Charleston (West Virginia), Philadelphia, and Cleveland. February 15, 2013 415 Views Share