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  • Montego Bay’s Mayor, Councillor Glendon Harris, is urging parents and students to get back to the days of owning and protecting educational institutions.
  • Mayor Harris said the days of parents and their children paying attention to cleanliness in the schools are fast disappearing.
  • He added that the time is apt for players in the education system to return to the core values which were present and evident in schools in former years.

Montego Bay’s Mayor, Councillor Glendon Harris, is urging parents and students to get back to the days of owning and protecting educational institutions.

Speaking at the Early Childhood Commission’s 10th anniversary St. James awards ceremony, held at the Hotel Riu in Montego Bay, on September 11, Mayor Harris said the days of parents and their children paying attention to cleanliness in the schools are fast disappearing.

He added that the time is apt for players in the education system to return to the core values which were present and evident in schools in former years.

“It is time for us to bring everybody together and ensure that those values are maintained in our society. It is very important because we are about to lose the natural beauty that we have in this island of Jamaica, because everybody is saying it is somebody else’s responsibility. We have to take our responsibility as a national duty and play our part,” the Mayor emphasised.

He argued that the days of making a clean-up exercise at schools a fun activity, are almost non-existent, with some parents openly opposing the participation of their children in helping to keep the school environment clean.

Meanwhile, paying tribute to the work of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Mayor Harris said the most important values in life are taught at the basic school level.

“I want to congratulate you (ECC) on your 10th anniversary and to encourage you that the future of this country rests in what you do…because if you fail, we all will fail in making Jamaica a better place. No matter how successful we are today, that foundation was laid at the basic school level. The most important values that I have were garnered at a basic school,” he noted.

At the awards ceremony, 10 teachers with an accumulated 416 years of service to the early childhood sector were honoured by the ECC.