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  • Forty of the nation’s distinguished educators are to be recognised for their outstanding contribution to the development of Jamaica in the field of Education.
  • The educators will be presented with the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to Education.
  • The Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to Education is awarded annually and presented to teachers with a minimum of 15 years service to education in Jamaica.

Forty of the nation’s distinguished educators are to be recognised by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller for their outstanding contribution to the development of Jamaica in the field of Education.

The educators will be presented with the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to Education, at a ceremony scheduled for the Lawns of Jamaica House on Thursday, June 12, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen will head the list of officials, which will include the Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites and President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Dr. Mark Nicely.

The Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to Education is awarded annually and presented to teachers with a minimum of 15 years service to education in Jamaica, and whose service is regarded as outstanding.

To be considered for the award, recipients must have shown evidence of community involvement, including participation in civic and club activities.

Educators involved with uniformed groups and programmes that foster the development of the community and, creativity in the service rendered, may also be considered for the award.

The award will be presented to persons who are citizens of Jamaica, but in exceptional circumstances, a person who is not a citizen may be recommended for the award.

The Jamaica Regiment Band, under the baton of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Winston Woolcock; the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission gold medal-winning Violinist, Jovani Williams; and tenor-baritone, DiMario McDowell, will provide the evening’s entertainment.

Veteran broadcaster, Fae Ellington will guide attendees through the event.  Prime Minister Simpson Miller will give the main address. Guests are asked to be seated by 5:30 p.m.