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  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says Jamaicans must get back to the practice of planning their families, in order to ensure that correct decisions are made.
  • Meanwhile, the State Minister said the Ministry continues to deal with safety and security as a priority, and that under its safe-school programme, the cadet corps will be expanded starting at the primary level.
  • Mr. Green said the Government is pushing the reform of the education system to ensure that the stated outcomes are achieved.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says Jamaicans must get back to the practice of planning their families, in order to ensure that correct decisions are made.

Speaking at a National Security Conference on Citizen Security at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on July 21, Mr. Green said that children can be deprived of proper attention in unplanned families.

“Growing up as a youngster there was a very strong campaign about two is better than too many. I think we need to go back down that road where we are speaking to the decision of becoming a parent. We must deal with the harsh reality that too many of our pregnancies and child births are unplanned,” Mr. Green emphasised.

Meanwhile, the State Minister said the Ministry continues to deal with safety and security as a priority, and that under its safe-school programme, the cadet corps will be expanded starting at the primary level.

He said that working with the Police, the Ministry will this year seek to establish 50 Police Youth Clubs in schools islandwide to bring the Police and the students together as a crime-fighting strategy.

The Minister of State noted that under a new curriculum for schools starting in the 2016/17 academic year, civics will be reintroduced with a view to ensuring that schools produce student with high values and attitudes.

Mr. Green said the Government is pushing the reform of the education system to ensure that the stated outcomes are achieved.

“It is long known that our education system is in need of reform. It is something that has gone across various administrations, but I think right now it is the pace of (the) reform that is most concerning. I think we have to reform the sector quickly, to ensure that we are getting the outcomes that we all desire,” he said.