Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry to re­view stu­dents’ coun­cils

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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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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