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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has called on Jamaicans to take a firm stand against criminal elements in the society who invade and cause damage to schools.
  • At Wednesday’s, May 7, launch function for Workers Week and Labour Day 2014 at Jamaica House, the Prime Minister made reference to the recent incident at Tacky High School.
  • The Prime Minister called on Jamaicans to make the commitment to put an end to this scourge on our society.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has called on Jamaicans to take a firm stand against criminal elements in the society who invade and cause damage to schools, especially at a time when students are sitting examinations.

In a speech delivered by Hon. Derrick Kellier, Minister of Labour and Social Security on behalf of the Prime Minister at Wednesday’s, May 7, launch function for Workers Week and Labour Day 2014 at Jamaica House, the Prime Minister made reference to the recent incident at Tacky High School. Mrs. Simpson Miller said the Minister of Education and his team are doing everything to restore normalcy at the institution and that every effort will be made to bring the perpetrators to justice. The Prime Minister said her thoughts are with every student, teacher, staff member, worker, and the parents of students, at Tacky High.

Reiterating the Government’s commitment to tackling crime at all levels, the Prime Minister called on Jamaicans to make the commitment to put an end to this scourge on our society.

Prime Minister Simpson Miller said that it was for this reason that she was pleased that Labour Day 2014 projects across the island will focus on repairs and renovation of police stations. Noting that while the Government continues to heighten its efforts toward creating a safe and secure Jamaica, “Labour Day 2014 will give us an opportunity to not only recognize the important work of our security forces, but also for communities to extend their hand in partnership with them, and each other, towards a better Jamaica.”

Labour Day 2014, a collaborative effort between the Ministries of Labour and Social Security, Local Government and Community Development and Youth and Culture will be observed on Friday May 23 under the theme “Take A Stand….Beautify Our Land.