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  • Students at the Brown’s Town High School, in St. Ann, are being encouraged to make the best use of their high school life, as there might not be a second chance.
  • Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, told the students they must be aware of the sacrifices that have been made by generations of Jamaicans in order to allow them to be attending high school.
  • Rev. Thwaites was addressing the ground breaking ceremony for a multi-million dollar auditorium at the school on November 13.

Students at the Brown’s Town High School, in St. Ann, are being encouraged to make the best use of their high school life, as there might not be a second chance.

Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, told the students they must be aware of the sacrifices that have been made by generations of Jamaicans in order to allow them to be attending high school.

Rev. Thwaites was addressing the ground breaking ceremony for a multi-million dollar auditorium at the school on November 13.

The Minister said while the creativity of students must be encouraged, there are certain beliefs which children have, which must be taken in the context that true success can only be achieved after a good education.

“Some of you believe that if you turn the best D-J in the world it will be ok…you are wrong.  Some of you believe that if you can kick a ball straight, that’s ok and you can do without school…you can skylark…you are wrong,” Rev. Thwaites told the students.

The Minister implored boys and girls in high schools to stay in school, work hard and become professionals and well thinking Jamaicans.

“Don’t worry about the hair style or the bling schoolbag or the bashment sneakers or anything like that…come to school and learn your lesson. Today I want to say to you students, please make sure that you concentrate on all of your subjects, but especially on your English and Mathematics…and your technical subjects,” Rev. Thwaites urged.

The Minister also encouraged the girls not to have children at an early age and told the boys not to have “a bunch of girls.”

“Young ladies of Brown’s Town High, you are young adults now…school time is no time for fooling around and getting pregnant. If you have a baby, you are not going to be able to continue your education in the way that you really intend to,” the Minister said.

“Young men of Brown’s Town High, having a bunch of girls is no praise for you…it’s a disgrace. Get an education and be a person that another person can live with and love for the rest of  her life…that’s what is going to make you happy,  that’s what is going to make Jamaica proud,” the Minister told the boys.

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