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Balaclava High School in St. Elizabeth is one of three schools lauded by the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), for being among the first to establish a Consumer Affairs Club at the school.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CAC, Dolsie Allen in her address at a media breakfast held recently at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in observance of World Consumer Rights Day, described the St. Elizabeth-based institution as pioneers in promoting the importance of consumerism in schools.
Kingsway High and Alpha Academy in Kingston are the other two schools that have taken on the challenge of educating its students on their rights and responsibilities as consumers.
The CEO explained that this thrust to have these clubs in schools is part of the Commission’s education programme, which is geared at informing and making all Jamaicans aware of their rights and roles as consumers.
“We believe that if we can inculcate in them (students) from early the importance of budgeting, conservation and being responsible individuals, we will go a long way in having responsible adults,” Mrs. Allen said.
She urged other schools to “catch the fever” and become a part of CAC’s initiative in educating consumers.
Mrs. Allen noted that the CAC would continue its drive to make consumers “knowledgeable, vigilant and assertive in order to make very informed and responsible decisions”.
The CEO informed that soon, the CAC would undertake an all-schools essay competition on the 2006 World Consumer Rights Day theme – ‘Energy: Sustainable Access for All Consumers’.
The CAC is an agency of the Ministry of Commerce, Science and Technology that is dedicated to protecting the interests of consumers through its consumer education programmes, complaints resolution service; and corporate services and affiliations.