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  • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the Government is looking to partner with alumni associations in Jamaica and the Diaspora to enhance the education process.
  • Rev. Thwaites said the “many hundreds” of alumni groups play a critical role in the education system.
  • Rev. Thwaites welcomed plans by the Mount Alvernia alumni association to expand the science programme at the St. James-based institution, through a refurbishing and extension project.

Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the Government is looking to partner with alumni associations in Jamaica and the Diaspora to enhance the education process.

Rev. Thwaites, who was addressing the fundraising gala of the Mount Alvernia High School alumni association’s Central Florida chapter, held on October 11 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, said the “many hundreds” of alumni groups play a critical role in the education system.

“There are more than 130 alumni associations of Jamaican schools on the eastern seaboard of the United States alone.  Every year (they), along with counterparts in Jamaica, contribute tens of millions of United States and Canadian dollars to the upliftment of their alma maters in Jamaica.  It is amazing that, however long people are away from this country, they never seem to forget where their educational navel strings have been buried,” he said.

“The Government craves partnership with you all and treats you with respect for your continuing faithfulness,” he added.

Rev. Thwaites welcomed plans by the Mount Alvernia alumni association to expand the science programme at the St. James-based institution, through a refurbishing and extension project.

“Your investment is well placed because it will allow many, many more students to gain the benefits that will equip them even more to take their place in the modern world,” Rev. Thwaites said.

The Education Minister said that of the 42,000 students at grade 11, only 6,000 do at least one science subject and the numbers must increase.

“Science is the gateway and the prism through which employment and development will take place in the 21st Century,” he contended.

The Education Minister also commended the principal of Mount Alvernia for placing focus on technical and vocational subjects, noting that this is in keeping with the policy of the Government that “no grade 11 student should graduate without a competence in English, Mathematics and at least in one marketable skill.”