Shame­ful be­hav­iour, Min­is­ter Green!

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: I AM writ­ing to ex­press my an­noy­ance and of­fence at the be­hav­iour of Min­is­ter of State in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion Floyd Green, who was the key­note speaker at the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme’s So­cial Good Sum­mit 2016 on the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals and the role dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy can play in achiev­ing them. Th­ese sum­mits were held across the world on Mon­day.

By 9:30 a.m., the start­ing time, the room was full. The au­di­ence in­cluded not only am­bas­sadors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous pub­lic, civil so­ci­ety and pri­vate-sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions, but also high-school and pri­mary-school stu­dents. Since Min­is­ter Green was the first main speaker, the event could not start with­out him. At 9:40 a.m., the mod­er­a­tor in­formed us that we were wait­ing for the min­is­ter, who was on his way. The event started 25 min­utes late. When the Min­is­ter spoke, he launched into his speech as though all was as it should be – not a hint of an apol­ogy.

What an ap­palling ex­am­ple from one of the high­est rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Youth, who should be a role model to its clien­tele: young stu­dents! The tepid ap­plause after his speech was not, I sus­pect, due to its con­tent, which was quite good, but to the alien­ation felt by his lis­ten­ers to the dis­re­spect on dis­play.

When will the ma­jor­ity of our politi­cians get it? They are not gods, they are not roy­alty, they are lead­ers – ser­vants in lead­er­ship po­si­tions. If they do not re­spect us, how can we re­spect them?

JENNIFER JONES

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