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Minister of Education, Andrew Holness has said that the Ministry of Education will be doing more to tackle music that incites violence among school children.
He told dancehall artistes, Vybz Kartel and Mavado at a peace management initiative meeting at Jamaica House in Kingston this week that: “I think we should move very swiftly to deal with music that incites violence. It might impinge upon your creative space but at the same time we have a duty to protect the children.”
Minister Holness said what the Government wants to do is define what is appropriate for the public space so that there is a minimum standard that everyone agrees on. “…Being in charge of the Ministry of Education, I am going to move towards defining the public space where certain lyrics and behaviour will not be tolerated and we have already started to do that”, he said.
Some of the measures outlined which will be tackled more seriously are the selling of gears with artistes’ pictures, music in the buses, and lyrics that incite violence. He said that the ministry may have to start putting advisories on CDs and lyrics and other things that are being sold so that children will not have access.
“It would be far easier if you yourself, the creative geniuses behind the urban culture now which is very popular, change your acts. It would be far easier if you would advocate the separation of what is public space and what is adult space as well as sending positive social messages to young people” Minister Holness said.
Explaining the rationale for the meeting with the dancehall artistes, Minister with responsibility for information, Daryl Vaz said the Government felt the need to intervene to help ease the situation created by the Gully Gaza controversy which has resulted in tension between the fans of dancehall artistes Mavado and Vybz Kartel.

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