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  • Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is urging teachers to see themselves as “the educated leaders with the ability to fix what is wrong with Jamaica.”
  • The Governor-General reminded them of their commitment “to lead exemplary lives both in and out of the classroom.”
  • The violence being perpetrated against children, the Governor-General said, reflects a moral decay and depravity which call for strong and urgent action and demand that every well-thinking Jamaican unite and get into action to protect them.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is urging teachers to see themselves as “the educated leaders with the ability to fix what is wrong with Jamaica.”

“Jamaica needs a generation of teachers who will accept and faithfully discharge the responsibility of nurturing children and mentoring youth. Your leadership and mentoring is required also in the wider community. You are the educated leaders,” the Governor-General told teachers at the Valedictory Service for the first cohort of the four-year degree programme at Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College.

The service, which was held at Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay on May 28, saw 143 graduands being presented with their certificates.

The Governor-General reminded them of their commitment “to lead exemplary lives both in and out of the classroom.”

“This is very important in the calling and experience of a teacher, because the impact which a teacher has on people is almost comparable to that of a parent. This places a serious responsibility on the teacher in our society where children are having children and parenting skills tend to be poor in many communities,” he said.

The violence being perpetrated against children, the Governor-General said, reflects a moral decay and depravity which call for strong and urgent action and demand that every well-thinking Jamaican unite and get into action to protect them.

The graduands were told that like National Hero, Sam Sharpe (after whom their college is named), they should show courage to overthrow the forces of evil, particularly those attacking the children of the nation.

“I charge you to hold firmly to this belief, despite the frustrations you will inevitably experience. There is nothing wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed by what is right with Jamaica,” the Governor-General said.

Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce and Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, urged the graduates to be diligent in the execution of their duties and have excellence as their motto as they help to build their country.

Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams, who was joined by Principal, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, in launching the college’s 40th anniversary celebrations, announced her donation of $500,000 to the event.