JIS News

Minister of Labour and Social Security, and Member of Parliament for North Central Clarendon, Hon. Pearnel Charles, is urging parents to make the education of their children a top priority.
He noted that providing young people with a solid academic foundation will empower them for lasting success. “The greatest investment that you can make is in your child. Don’t leave it on the will alone; leave it in their heads,” the Minister said.
He made the plea while addressing the annual North Central Clarendon Reading Competition held on Thursday (June 24) at the Donald Sangster Community Centre in the parish, where a number of schools walked away with trophies for winning in different categories.
Mr. Charles stated that the annual competition, which is targeted at students of basic, primary and all-age schools, has motivated students to make time for reading.
“Many teachers have said to me that just by coming to the reading competition, it is an inspiration to many children in their schools. It is not only good for their communities, it is good for their future and for Jamaica,” he emphasised.
The North Central Clarendon Reading Competition is managed by school principals, through funding from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
The contest started in late May, with 10 schools qualifying for the finals after two elimination rounds. Students competed in grade categories, with category one involving grades one and two students; category two – grades three and four; category five – grades five and six; category four – grades seven, eight and nine; and category five, involving basic school students.
Teacher at the Chapelton All-age School, Chris-Ann Gregory, which won the category one and four sections of the contest, credited the school’s success to the hard work and dedication of the students.
Head girl at the institution, Bridgette Palmer, who was adjudged ‘Most Outstanding Girl’ told JIS News that she reads widely. “Reading helps me to learn. I came to do my best, and my best was good enough. Persons should read as much as they can, because it helps to build your self confidence,” she stated.
Other winners were: Rock River Primary School – category two; Brixton Hill Primary School – category three, and Wood Hall Basic School – category five.