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  • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the family structure must be rebuilt as a matter of urgency, if the country is to prosper as a great nation and if citizens are going to be happy and prosperous as individuals.
  • The Minister was delivering the main address at the Montego Bay High School’s annual prize giving ceremony at the school, on November 27.
  • He noted that the recent survey of living conditions reveals that about 38 per cent of persons in Jamaica, particularly the young people, either don’t know who their father is or don’t have any relationship with him.

Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the family structure must be rebuilt as a matter of urgency, if the country is to prosper as a great nation and if citizens are going to be happy and prosperous as individuals.

“We have wrecked the notion of the family being the really tight hub and focus of growing our children and we have placed it very often on the schools. That breakdown of family structure is cramping our lives and cramping our country’s development right now, and this must be revisited and rebuilt,” Rev. Thwaites asserted.

The Minister was delivering the main address at the Montego Bay High School’s annual prize giving ceremony at the school, on November 27.

He noted that the recent survey of living conditions reveals that  about 38 per cent of  persons in Jamaica, particularly the young people, either don’t know who their father is or don’t have any relationship with him.

“I urge you then young ladies to hold yourselves together and make your choice for someone who is going to love and care for you and who is going to stay with you,” Rev. Thwaites said.

“We have to build back family life in Jamaica and it has to start with you,” the Minister told the students.

Rev. Thwaites congratulated them for their tremendous success in recent examinations and encouraged them never to look back, but continue to “record excellence along the path to the future.”

He commended the administrators for restarting the sixth form programme, and urged them to multiply the  numbers in the coming years.

The Minister also gave a commitment to provide the school with a state-of-the-art Science laboratory before September of 2015.

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