Education ministry to review students’ councils
THE MINISTRY of Education, Youth and Information will be reviewing students’ councils across the island to ensure that these bodies are actively engaged and functioning at an optimal level. RELIEF SUPPLIES collected by the staff of JAMPRO are to be shipped soon to Haiti for persons who were affected by Hurricane Matthew, which devastated the island recently.
The items were loaded on Friday at JAMPRO’s offices in New Kingston and taken to Food For The Poor, who will ship them to Haiti. The initiative was supported by exporters who do business with the agency.
Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid, who was on hand to assist with loading the items said Jamaicans should show their gratefulness for not being hit by the storm by supporting the Haiti relief effort. He said the
State Minister Floyd Green said it has come to the attention of the ministry that some councils are not as active as they should be in representing the interests of the student body. He noted that students’ councils play an important role in the staff at the agency has shown goodwill towards their Caribbean neighbours, and the gesture must be commended.
“This is an opportunity for corporate entities and individuals to contribute to the Haiti Relief Fund,” he told JIS News. For his part, vicepresident for export and market development at JAMPRO, Robert Scott, said the agency secured consumer goods through a collaborative effort with several manufacturing and export companies.
“Some of the products are syrups, juices, canned peas, pasta, bleach and soaps that are very useful at a time like this,” he told JIS News. He lauded the staff of JAMPRO for their “care effective operation of secondary schools.
“You have a position to play, by law. It is enshrined in the Education Act and, as such, we expect that every single secondary school will have a students’ council president, a and concern”, noting that the exporters “bonded together”, to give the products.
Jamaicans wishing to assist Haiti may deposit funds to the NCB Kingston account: 212387-304 or make donations in kind to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management on Haining Road, in the Corporate Area. Exporters who supported the drive were Very Amazing Products Ltd, Island Products Manufacturing Ltd, Salada Foods Jamaica Ltd, Canco Ltd, Blue Power Ltd, Norsai Enterprises Ltd, and Jamaica Macaroni Factory. Transportation was provided by Fabian Chung, managing director of Fair Trade Auto. students’ council body, and that the president will sit on the board of the institution and participate in the governance of the school,” he said. “It is important that students have a say in how their schools are run. Schools are set up to serve you the students.” Green was addressing the installation ceremony for executive members of the National Secondary Students’ Council (NSSC), held recently at the Institute of Jamaica in Kingston.
Under the Education Act of 1980, all public secondary institutions must have a students’ council, which consists of elected representatives from the student body, with at least one staff adviser also selected by the students. The council has the right to democratically elect Members of the National Secondary Students’ Council executive for 2016-2017 share a photo at the installation ceremony held last week at the Institute of Jamaica, downtown Kingston. their own representatives; have representation on the school board; meet with the principal and staff on any matter affecting students’ interests; and hold regular meetings to conduct business on the students’ behalf, with due regard to the smooth functioning of the institution.
The 20-member NSSC executive, which will serve from September 2016 to August 2017, is comprised of representatives of schools spanning the six education regions.
CONTINUING THE LEGACY
These are The Queen’s School, Wolmer’s Boys’, Camperdown High, Campion College, Denham Town High, and St Hugh’s High in Kingston and St Andrew; Morant Bay High and Paul Bogle High from St Thomas; Ferncourt High in St Ann; Mt Alvernia High in St James; Belmont Academy and Frome Technical High in Westmoreland; DeCarteret College, Belair High and Manchester High in Manchester; Clarendon College in Clarendon; and St Jago High and Cedar Grove Academy in St Catherine. Professor Trevor Munroe executive director, National Integrity Action, who was the guest speaker, encouraged the students to continue the legacy of activism that encourages positive social change.
“The empowerment of students at the school level is an important apprenticeship in democracy. Such preparation for participation in democracy at the school level is absolutely essential if our young people are to fulfil their role in enhancing Jamaica’s democracy,” Professor Munroe said.
JAMPRO collects supplies for Haiti
Houses damaged and destroyed by Hurricane Matthew line a mountain road in southwestern Haiti Thursday, October 13, 2016. An international relief effort for victims of Hurricane Matthew entered a more advanced stage on Thursday as a second US military ship arrived off Haiti’s coast and UN convoys and non-government organisations began reaching more isolated communities.