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The fourth in a series of National Education Consultations was held at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on July16.
The consultations, which are being staged as a joint effort between the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) and the Ministry of Education, seek to provide a forum through which dialogue on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) and the School Feeding Programme, can be facilitated.
Director of Social Security in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Collette Roberts-Risden told JIS News that the consultations have been going on well across the island.
“We are having five consultation sessions, one with each of the educational regions and the aim of the consultation is really to hear from the schools some of the problems that they are having with respect to PATH, to see how we can collaborate better to have a more effective impact on the beneficiaries, so that at the end of the day, we can have an improved programme,” she said.
Mrs. Roberts-Risden pointed out that consultations have already been held in Kingston and Montego Bay.
Meanwhile, teacher responsible for PATH at the Brittonville Primary School, Marjorie Simpson told JIS News that the consultation session was quite enlightening.
“I am happy for the consultation that is being held here, because there are some parents who come to the school with their own understanding of the PATH programme and what should happen once their child is a beneficiary, so coming out of this session, I will be better able to clarify certain issues about the programme with those parents,” Mrs. Simpson said.