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    The nation’s teachers are being called upon to be moral leaders in the classrooms and in the wider society.
    The call has come from head of the Ridgemount United Church in Manchester, Rev. Oliver Daley, who addressed the 2009 Valedictory Service of the Church Teachers College, held recently at the institution’s campus in Mandeville.
    “As you go into the educational system at this critical time, be a moral presence and a movement for excellence. You must become a model of defiance to whatever odds are there,” he told the graduates.
    Rev. Daley noted that the challenges facing the country at this time require persons, who are dedicated and motivated to work for change. “This nation needs leadership from our colleges and universities,” he said, noting that graduates from these institutions must be recognised “as a credible moral presence that will make a difference.”
    “Don’t settle for less, strive for excellence and help to lift the spirits of all concerned. Stand up for the interests of the students,” he further encouraged the graduates.

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