MONTEGO BAY – Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has called on students to make the best use of what they are being taught, as when they excel, this with boost the development of the nation.
The Minister, who was delivering the keynote address at a Jamaica Day 2013 function, held on Thursday, February 22, at the Trelawny multi-purpose Stadium, in the parish, also highlighted the importance of patriotism.
“Thanks to all of the students and teachers who have made this special effort to recognise Jamaica Day. We do it because we love our country, and because we know who we are as a people. Today, we understand how we can use our music and our songs to become excellent in all of the other areas of life. I long for the day, at a Jamaica Day in the future, we celebrate our Mathematics and our science expertise,” he added.
Jamaica Day 2013, held under the theme: “Celebrating Jamaica: I am On It,” is aimed at strengthening the appreciation of the country’s independence; heightening citizens’ sense of identity; increasing commitment to Jamaica’s development; and renewing awareness of the connection between personal excellence, and the national good.
The day started with a Proclamation by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, read by Custos of Trelawny, Hon. Paul Muschette, which cited the reasons for Jamaica Day. This was followed by scores of students performing cultural pieces.