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  • Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has called on responsible adults to help in ensuring the safety of children, even as he condemned the recent killing of adolescents.
  • He emphasised that all forms of crime must be condemned, and all the perpetrators must to be caught and brought to justice as soon as possible, while urging parents, guardians, teachers and “all adults to do their best to keep our children safe.”
  • The Governor-General also made a plea for young people to heed warnings that are given to them.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has called on responsible adults to help in ensuring the safety of children, even as he condemned the recent killing of adolescents.

“We are greatly disturbed because of the upsurge of violent crimes in Jamaica, in particular, the heartless cold blooded murder of our children,” the Governor-General said, while addressing students at the Excelsior Education Centre, in St. Andrew, on April 28.

He emphasised that all forms of crime must be condemned, and all the perpetrators must to be caught and brought to justice as soon as possible, while urging parents, guardians, teachers and “all adults to do their best to keep our children safe.”

The Governor-General also made a plea for young people to heed warnings that are given to them. “Children and youth, listen and obey your parents and adults when they are trying to guide you in the right way,” he implored.

Encouraging students to strive for greatness in their educational pursuit, the Governor-General said where they come from, or the financial status of their parents should not hinder their progress.

“What matters is that you see yourself as a person of great value, that you realize that you are created in God’s image, and you have immense potential to achieve great things. Be confident in your ability, and work hard towards effectively accomplishing your goals,” he told the students.

The Governor-General noted that past students from the institution have excelled in many spheres – academia, sport, Government and many other professions – and they can take inspiration from them.

“This noble school gave all these people the firm foundation for their success, a foundation comprised, not only of knowledge, but also of Christian values, and of community service,” he said.