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The Ministry of Education will be intensifying the promotion of uniformed groups in schools, in an effort to enhance discipline and socially acceptable behaviours among students.

“We will be introducing, with more vigor than ever before, the uniformed groups. There will be more cadet corps, more scout groups, more girl guides available to Jamaican schools,” said portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites.

“It is in these organised groups that our social habits and our love for country and its symbols are reinforced, and our personalities developed in a positive way,” he pointed out.

The Minister was addressing the passing out parade for Intake 105 of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), held on June 22 at the Moneague Training Camp in St. Ann.

He informed that training will be conducted for potential leaders of all the various uniformed groups during the summer holidays, and appealed to parents and teachers to encourage students to participate in the exercise.

Minister Thwaites, in the meanwhile, commended the work of the JDF, noting that the army’s cultural ideals of discipline, co-operation, hard work, loyalty and dedication to duty, are worthy of emulation.

He stated that while it is impossible for everyone to join the army, “it is necessary for the army to help the society to become more ordered, to recognise the values of co-operation and teamwork, to understand when it is necessary to repel the forces of crime and disorder, and to remain loyal to one’s family and nation.”

The JDF Intake 105 comprised come 130 recruits.

Contact: Bryan Miller