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  • Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the Ministry will seek to assist schools to either implement or strengthen homework programmes for students, where necessary, when the 2015/16 academic commences in September.
  • He also encourages schools whose students are deemed delinquent in completing homework assignments, to seek the Ministry’s intervention, in order to find the best solution.
  • Rev. Thwaites noted statistics which he said show that “40 per cent of our students do not do homework.”

Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the Ministry will seek to assist schools to either implement or strengthen homework programmes for students, where necessary, when the 2015/16 academic commences in September.

He also encourages schools whose students are deemed delinquent in completing homework assignments, to seek the Ministry’s intervention, in order to find the best solution.

“If you need help from the Ministry of Education, if we can offer some incentive for those who will supervise and assist, let us do it. (Because) if we don’t get the most out of (education), we won’t be able to advance as individuals (and) as a nation,” the Minister states.

He was speaking at state oil refinery, Petrojam Limited’s annual Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awards luncheon, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on Friday, July 31.

Rev. Thwaites noted statistics which he said show that “40 per cent of our students do not do homework.”

In noting that this, in part, is attributable to many youngsters not being exposed to a culture which encourages studying outside of the classroom, Rev. Thwaites urged that where this scenario occurs, schools should endeavour to “create a homework setting” for their students.

Nineteen students from Greenwich All Age and St. Andrew Primary Schools, which are located in close proximity to Petrojam, were honoured for outstanding performances in the 2015 GSAT.

They included: Garfield Simms and Shericka Mundell from Greenwich All Age, and St. Andrew Primary’s Daniel Berry and Galdamair Moore, who copped the Top Bay and Girl awards, by virtue of recording the highest scores, among their respective schools GSAT candidates.

Each received a five-year scholarship, valued at $60,000 per annum.

Awards were also presented to youngsters deemed: the most improved male and female student; most disciplined student; recording the best attendance; and most outstanding achiever in maths, visual arts, and sports.