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  • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is urging teachers to offer their expertise to the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), to enhance the operations of the entity.
  • The Minister was speaking at the official launch of Parents’ Month 2014, at the Office of the Prime Minister, on October 31.
  • Established in 2013, the NPSC is the lead agency in the Ministry of Education that interfaces with parents and community stakeholders, and is tasked with providing a framework for supporting parents, and improving parental skills.

Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is urging teachers to offer their expertise to the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), to enhance the operations of the entity.

“The Ministry of Education has identified hundreds of teachers who are not fully deployed…and we are hoping that we can encourage many of them to transfer into service with the Parenting Commission,” he said.

The Minister was speaking at the official launch of Parents’ Month 2014, at the Office of the Prime Minister, on October 31.

Established in 2013, the NPSC is the lead agency in the Ministry of Education that interfaces with parents and community stakeholders, and is tasked with providing a framework for supporting parents, and improving parental skills.

Executive Director of the NPSC, Dr. Patrece Charles-Freeman, said the Commission is hoping to move its staff complement from three to 33. The entity has a Board, comprising seven Directors.

Activities for Parents’ Month are being spearheaded by the NPSC, which has planned a series of events at both the school and regional levels under the theme: ‘Building Circles of Involvement: Home, School and Community’.

The Month kicks off with a National Church Service, on November 1 at the Andrews Memorial Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kingston.

A parent rap session will be held at the Bridgeport High School in St. Catherine on November 6. Additionally, the NPSC will launch its first Parent Club and host a parent expo at the New Testament Church of God, Central Village, on November 9.

Several parent mentorship training sessions are to be held at the Caenwood Centre in Kingston, between November 11 and December 6. A parent seminar and symposium is also to be held at the Caenwood complex on November 17.

In addition, a stakeholders’ consultation is to be held at the Northern Caribbean University in Manchester on November 21; and a health/information fair will be held at the Paul Bogle High School in Morant Bay, St. Thomas, on November 28.