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President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Wentworth Gabbidon, has emphasised the need for all sectors of the society to combine their efforts to eliminate the problems of indiscipline and violence in schools.
Delivering the main address at the annual graduation ceremony of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), at Passley Gardens in Portland on November 25, Mr. Gabbidon said it was time for the society to send a clear message that the violence and indiscipline plaguing schools must end.
He pointed out that their continuation would only further erode the reputation of the country and destroy its ability to successfully confront the challenges of the future.
Mr. Gabbidon said the entire nation had to bear the blame for the indiscipline in schools as that situation was just mirroring what was happening in the wider society.
He said the society needed to accept that it was its failure to properly guide young people, which was the cause of this problem in schools, adding that parents and guardians have a responsibility to inculcate proper values and attitudes in children in order for them to be responsible and decent in their conduct.
The President said that failure on the part of parents to carry out their responsibility, placed a heavy burden on teachers who are forced to do so, in addition to performing their normal teaching obligations.
Commending CASE for the training it was providing for the young people of the country, Mr. Gabbidon commended the graduates for remaining focussed and disciplined in their effort to achieve success in their courses of study. He also exhorted them to use the knowledge they have acquired to place Jamaica on the cutting edge of technology and production. Also addressing the function was Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Errol Ennis, who emphasised that the Ministry was making every effort to forge closer links with the College and to involve it in the planning and decision-making process, in respect to the development of the agricultural sector.A total of 272 graduates were presented with Degrees, Associate Degrees and Diplomas.