Here is my weekly Blog, which will normally be published here and on Facebook on Saturday mornings.

MHK Blog 14th to 20th Sept 2020

On Monday afternoon it was confirmed that the Isle of Man had two further cases of Covid-19, which brought the current total to three on the island at the moment.

The Manx Government confirmed that none of the cases are related and that none of them were in the community, which is excellent news. However, it does once again highlight the importance of complying with all of the instructions and advice being published when returning to the Isle of Man, especially from certain areas in the UK at the moment, which still haven’t […]

MHK Blog 7th to 13th Sept 2020

When the Chief Minister, Howard Quayle, MHK and the Health Minister, David Ashford, MHK called a sudden press conference at 10am last Sunday morning I think most island residents knew the announcement being made wouldn’t be good news….

After 108 days without Coronavirus on our island, the Chief Minister confirmed that someone had been diagnosed with Covid-19 after returning to the island recently.

However, putting all of that into some form of context I think in the weeks and months to follow, I am certain that these announcements will become more common as this […]

MHK Blog 31st Aug to 6th Sept 2020

Blog 6 Sep 20After what felt like an eternity for many businesses located on Douglas Promenade, the Department of Infrastructure have announced that two way traffic will be re-introduced on the promenade from Tuesday 8th September.

It was originally proposed that the promenade wouldn’t go two ways until December, so the announcement this week will be welcome news to so many people and businesses located in that area, especially as we look towards schools re-opening again and for the run up to the Christmas holidays etc.

Summerhill […]

MHK Blog 24th to 30th August 2020

This week the Manx Government published its Coronavirus Household Survey (July 2020), which was an anonymous snapshot survey from around 606 households across the island.
The purpose of the survey was to investigate how individuals and households have responded to both the economic impact of the pandemic and the measures taken by the Manx Government and Employers in their response. I enclose a link to the survey report, which makes very interesting reading.

MHK Blog 17th to 23rd August 2020

Blog 23 Aug 20After many island students were left disappointed and upset last week with lower than predicted exam grades, it was fantastic news this week that Cambridge International and Ofqual have done a quick U-turn in respect of those exam results.

Due to the fact that Covid-19 had cancelled all exams in the 2020, the exam results were meant to take into account past performance, teachers‘ input and any mock exams results etc. Unfortunately, an exam results algorithm programme being used downgraded around 42% of island students’ exam results, which was greeted […]

MHK Blog 10th to 16th August 2020

Blog 16 Aug 20A number of parents have raised their concerns this week in respect of the exam grades awarded to some secondary students, and rightly so… This was after the Covid-19 pandemic cancelled all exams this year, and therefore grades would have to be determined by evidence based teachers‘ assessment of grades and statistical standardisation processes.

According to a press release by the Department of Education, Sport and Culture the results released by Cambridge International Assessment (CIA) give an incomplete picture for most results, and the Department is working with head teachers […]

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