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  • Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is calling for Jamaicans to reject divisive politics in matters pertaining to education.
  • He said that the education of the country’s youth is “too important for us to squander and ambush on that altar.”
  • Minister Thwaites, in his presentation, noted the importance of a solid education for personal and national advancement.

Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is calling for Jamaicans to reject divisive politics in matters pertaining to education.

He said that the education of the country’s youth is “too important for us to squander and ambush on that altar.”

“Anybody who promotes unity and common purpose and common activity in education, follow them. Anybody who comes with  ‘isms’ and ‘schisms’ about education, run dem,” Rev Thwaites said, as he addressed the South Trelawny  Edu-Skills Centre’s graduation exercise held recently at the Albert Town High School.

He stated that while leaders may have differences, “we must always advance the cause of uplifting God’s children, who we are here to serve.  If we do not do that, we should not be in positions of leadership.”

Minister Thwaites, in his presentation, noted the importance of a solid education for personal and national advancement. “Nothing else is going to happen that can last unless the people of this country have a good foundation in education. That is a lesson that we have to take to our hearts,” he stated.

He congratulated the graduates for completing their courses of study and encouraged them to continue their education and training through opportunities provided by the HEART/NTA, community colleges and other institutions.

He said that a skills-based education and training placed them at an advantage in the labour market where the trends are in favour of persons with certification in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Some 80 graduates were presented with certificates in housekeeping, general construction, and food and beverage. Another 60 trainees will be certified in call centre services, general construction, and tour guiding in November and December of this year.

The South Trelawny Edu-Skills Centre was established through a public sector/private sector partnership involving the HEART/NTA; the CHASE Fund; housing developer James Goren; and Member of Parliament, Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert, through her Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

The centre opened its doors for the 2009/2010 academic year, to offer skills training to young men and women in South Trelawny, who had left school prematurely or without the requisite skills for work.