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Students of the Mandeville-based Church Teachers’ College have been urged to contribute to the country’s economic and social development, by continuing to pursue success, and maintaining civic pride.
The call came from head of Capital and Credit Financial Group, Ryland Campbell, as he addressed students and faculty members at the institution’s open lecture held on February 24.
He said much of the country’s dilemma is due not to failure to meet economic targets, but that, “The dilemma is largely (due to) the significant decline in our moral values, decline in discipline, wrapped up in the drug culture, the gun culture, the lewdness and the caricature of our women and other targets of uncouth attacks and vulgar expressions.”
He outlined that with trade barriers being broken down, and small economies forced to open their markets, “we should meet the challenge by seeking to exploit our rich cultural heritage in music, the arts and other areas in which our language and our geographical location provide advantages. We must educate for the citizen who can take a higher place anywhere in the world and not for the low level jobs in data entry processing and factory operatives,” he emphasized.
He urged the students to play their part in ensuring that a paradigm shift is made and to make the best of education, and do away with the negatives, which limit people’s capabilities.
“Eliminate the influence of the get rich quick mentality, which entice citizens away from the desire to pursue education as an option for social mobility and result in school drop outs, and the considerable expense in remediation at social and other social interventions,” he said.
He told the packed auditorium at the college that “we must restore family values, restore human values, restore mutual respect, restore civic pride and restore our passion for excellence such as we experienced over the extraordinary success of our athletes at the Beijing Olympics.”

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