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  • Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for South West St. Andrew, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller launched a Behaviour Modification Programme at the Cockburn Primary and Junior High School in her constituency on Friday, June 19.
  • The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) Programme seeks to identify and help children who are challenged by mental, emotional and social issues.
  • Mrs. Simpson Miller said, “This (ASEBA) Behaviour Modification programme will no doubt make a positive impact on students at this school."

Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for South West St. Andrew, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller launched a Behaviour Modification Programme at the Cockburn Primary and Junior High School in her constituency on Friday, June 19. The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) Programme seeks to identify and help children who are challenged by mental, emotional and social issues.

Mrs. Simpson Miller said, “This (ASEBA) Behaviour Modification programme will no doubt make a positive impact on students at this school. I encourage teachers and parents to make the best use of this programme and support its full implementation.” ASEBA in partnership with One Step Forward Consultancy donated the programme at no cost to the school for one year and will also train the school’s staff in order to guarantee a smooth implementation and long-term success. Parents are urged to work with the school and to express their interest in having their child analysed under the Programme.

The new ASEBA Behaviour Modification Programme further supports the Government’s nationwide intervention in the school system. “The Government’s position has always been that no child must be left behind, Mrs. Simpson Miller reminded. The Government, through the Ministry of Education, developed a School-Wide Behaviour Modification Programme designed to address disruptive behaviour by implementing several initiatives aimed at improving academic performance and developing well-rounded students who adhere to wholesome values and attitudes.

Speaking directly to the students at the launch, the Prime Minister encouraged the youngsters to “ensure that you are in school every day; that you pay attention and you will become brilliant sons and daughters of this country.”