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Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says whatever adjustments are to be made in the education system, will be done with consultation, understanding and respect.

The Minister was addressing the ceremony for the presentation of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education at Jamaica House on Monday, June 9, where more than 40 teachers from across the island were honoured.

Rev. Thwaites noted that the ultimate aim of the Ministry is quality education for all and in the process of achieving this, changes and adjustments are inevitable.

“I personally understand, and so does the Ministry, the issues facing the teachers. At this time, all of Jamaica is being called upon to make sacrifices; but you have been known to make personal sacrifices for your students and the nation. Though painful, this is what we have to all do now, for our benefit and that of future generations,” Minister Thwaites said.

He stated that the Ministry of Education and the Government are not far removed from the realities.

“We know that some of you have to relate to fractious parents and hostile communities. It seems that the profession of teaching is being bombarded,” Mr. Thwaites said.

The Education Minister congratulated the awardees for laying a professional path on which to build and gave the assurance that the Ministry will protect the interest of the nation’s children.

Instituted in 2005, the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education award is given to an educator who has served for a minimum of 15 years; displayed exceptional service in the teaching profession; and has shown evidence of community involvement, innovation and creativity in service.

Contact: Andrea Braham