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  • Member of Parliament for Central St. James and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lloyd B. Smith, said he will be placing major emphasis on education in the constituency.
  • He said that while there are no major businesses in Central St. James, there are a number of schools which, he said, are the area’s greatest assets.
  • Mr. Smith said the institution is ranked highly among secondary schools across Jamaica, in terms of academic and extra-curricula achievements.

Member of Parliament for Central St. James and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lloyd B. Smith, said he will be placing major emphasis on education in the constituency.

He said that while there are no major businesses in Central St. James, there are a number of schools which, he said, are the area’s greatest assets.

“In my constituency, there are no hotels, no factories…what I have are schools and I regard that as the greatest asset that any constituency can have. Education is the only route out of poverty…and when I speak of poverty, I am not only speaking in terms of no money in your pockets…I am speaking of poverty of the mind…Marcus Garvey said we have to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery and the only way to achieve that emancipation is through education,” Mr. Smith said.

He was addressing the 2014 prize-giving of the Montego Bay High School for Girls held on Thursday, November 27, at the school’s Union Street location.

Mr. Smith, who donated $500,000 from his Constituency Development Fund (CDF) towards the school’s development programme earlier this year, said the institution is ranked highly among secondary schools across Jamaica, in terms of academic and extra-curricula achievements.

“Montego Bay High School stands among the best. This school has achieved so many wonderful distinctions…I don’t think it has gotten what it really deserves in terms of national recognition,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Mr. Smith congratulated the hundreds of students, who were presented with awards at the function, for outstanding achievement in various areas.

He urged them to continue on the path of excellence and encouraged others, who were not recognised, to draw inspiration from the efforts of the awardees.

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