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  • NPSC to take the lead role in establishing a “community of care” to support behaviour management programmes in schools.
  • Minister Thwaites met with the NPSC board, chaired by Lady Rheima Hall, a day after he announced a crime preventative initiative for schools in Parliament.
  • Minister Thwaites also asked the parenting commission to name a representative to sit on the committee.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites on January 22 charged the board of the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) to take the lead role in establishing a “community of care” to support behaviour management programmes in schools.

Minister Thwaites met with the NPSC board, chaired by Lady Rheima Hall, a day after he announced a crime preventative initiative for schools in Parliament in which he had invited service and sports clubs, as well as churches to select a needy school and commit themselves to a programme of youth mentorship.

The Education Minister disclosed the findings of a report by the Jamaica Constabulary Force that linked inmates in the island’s main correctional facilities to drop-outs in a number of mostly non-traditional high schools.

During the meeting, Minister Thwaites also asked the parenting commission to name a representative to sit on the committee to coordinate the school-based crime preventative programme. The committee, chaired by Professor Emeritus Frederick Hickling, will include representatives of the Association of Guidance Counsellors, deans of discipline and school safety, as well as representatives of the ministries of National Security, Justice, Youth and Culture, Sports, and Social Security.