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  • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the Ministry will be ensuring that students entering secondary school this year are placed in institutions close to where they live.
  • He said the aim is to cut down on travel time and the gathering of students at bus parks, which he said, encourages idleness, and other negative behaviours.

Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the Ministry will be ensuring that students entering secondary school this year are placed in institutions close to where they live.

He said the aim is to cut down on travel time and the gathering of students at bus parks, which he said, encourages idleness, and other negative behaviours.

“So this year, when the GSAT (Grade Six Achievement Test) selections come out, you are going to find that children are assigned more closer to their place of residence, because what is happening at the bus parks is out of order, not worth it,” he said.

He noted that while the preferences of parents will always be considered, the interest of children will be the deciding factor.

Rev. Thwaites was addressing a gathering of education stakeholders for region six, comprising the parishes of St. Catherine and Clarendon, held at the Cedar Grove Academy in St. Catherine on June 4.

During his address, the Minister called on the business community in the two parishes to increase support to schools, outside of the financial contributions they traditionally provide.

Acting on the call, the representatives of business entities in attendance, committed to forging stronger partnerships to provide support to schools in their areas.

The business people, drawn from the financial sector, electronics and appliances, building and construction, telecommunications, and other areas, pledged to visit with schools to assess their needs, and then respond.

Regional Director, Dr. Claudette Clarke, told JIS News that the public pledges by the business entities, speak to the “commitment and the importance that all of us share for education. We have some serious commitments, and the principals and the board chairs are all delighted.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Education Officer, Dorrett Campbell, said part of the objectives of the meeting was to encourage ownership of schools by communities.

“That relationship must be strengthened. It is the strong relationships that will build communities, and the strong nation,” Miss Campbell said.