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More than 100 schools have so far confirmed their participation in the country's golden Jubilee Celebrations on August 6, Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, has informed.

"We have had good responses to the request to have school children gather with their teachers at their schools on Independence Day," he noted.

The Minister was addressing journalists on July 23, during a press briefing at Jamaica House, in Kingston.

He said as part of Jamaica 50 celebrations on Independence Day, students are being asked to report to the closest school to their homes to participate in a special two-hour ceremony from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. They are being asked to wear their school uniforms or the Jamaican bandana. The ceremony will be held under the theme: 'Jamaica 50, A Nation on a Mission'.

Rev. Thwaites said participation in the ceremony is not mandatory for students, but simply a request to get them involved in one of the most important celebrations in the country's history.

He pointed out that despite objections from some quarters, the Ministry has been getting very favourable responses. “We have been getting many requests for flags, programmes and souvenirs from schools," he informed. 

"There is nothing arbitrary or threatening about this. I wonder why anyone should have a question mark about the school, the centre of the community, putting on a celebration for our 50th anniversary," the Minister said.

"To my mind, the school ought to be the place to do this, and so, we invite communities to come together and join in with the school children," he urged.