Coastal ero­sion a se­ri­ous con­cern

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

MANCH­ESTER SOUTH Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Michael Ste­wart has made a case for the Govern­ment to speed­ily ad­dress the crit­i­cal needs of sev­eral schools in his con­stituency.

In his maiden con­tri­bu­tion to the State of the Con­stituency De­bate last week, Ste­wart lamented the lack of proper lab­o­ra­tory fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment in schools across the con­stituency.

He told his par­lia­men­tary col­leagues that most of the com­put­ers that were dis­trib­uted to schools through the e- learn­ing pro­gramme have be­come ob­so­lete and should be re­placed.

“Many schools still have chalk­board par­ti­tion, which re­ally de­tracts from the teach­ing-learn­ing process. If our schools are to re­main rel­e­vant and con­tinue to pro­duce qual­ity stu­dents, then the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion must in­vest more in ed­u­ca­tion,” he in­sisted.

Ste­wart, who is an ed­u­ca­tor, said he has as­sisted ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 stu­dents from the pri­mary, high school and univer­sity lev­els with tu­ition from his Con­stituency Devel­op­ment Fund. He said more than 50 needy stu­dents will also be as­sisted with pay­ment for three sub­jects in

MICHAEL STE­WART

their Caribbean Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Cer­tifi­cate ex­ams this year.

Ste­wart said he will be work­ing with the South Manch­ester Part­ners for Learn­ing and Ja­malco to en­sure that a fa­cil­ity now un­der con­struc­tion at Her­mitage in the con­stituency meets the HEART Trust re­quire­ments in or­der to train and cer­tify young peo­ple who are on a three-year wait­ing list.

He pointed out that the South West HEART Trust train­ing fa­cil­ity lo­cated at New­port is an ex­cel­lent fa­cil­ity but does not have the ca­pac­ity to ab­sorb the many young peo­ple who are seek­ing train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. MEM­BER OF PAR­LIA­MENT: Dr Win­ston Green CON­STITUENCY: St Mary South East­ern

TWO-TERM MEM­BER of Par­lia­ment for St Mary South East­ern, Dr Win­ston Green, last week high­lighted the is­sue of coastal ero­sion in An­notto Bay, St Mary, and asked the Govern­ment to ad­dress this se­ri­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cern.

Speak­ing in the State of the Con­stituency De­bate in Par­lia­ment, Green said he had re­ported the wors­en­ing coastal ero­sion prob­lem to the rel­e­vant govern­ment agen­cies but, to date, “noth­ing of sig­nif­i­cance has been done”.

“We can­not leave the town of An­notto Bay to the rav­ages of na­ture, and I am propos­ing that even the boul­der so­lu­tion to form a bar­rier, some­what sim­i­lar to the Pal­isa­does Strip, be con­sid­ered, even to a lesser mag­ni­tude,” he said.

Com­ment­ing on the state of health cen­tres in the con­stituency, Green, who is also a med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner, said at least four of those fa­cil­i­ties were in a de­plorable con­di­tion. He said the An­notto Bay, Rock River, Clon­mel, and En­field health cen­tres were in ur­gent need of re­fur­bish­ing and equip­ment. Green said a Food For The Poor build­ing is to be erected in Castle­ton to re­lo­cate the health cen­tre there, while the Belfield Clinic, which is in­fested with ter­mite, is await­ing a retro­fit­ted con­tainer to house the clinic.

On an­other mat­ter, the MP urged the Govern­ment to ex­pand the Grad­u­ate Work Ex­pe­ri­ence Pro­gramme to ac­com­mo­date more stu­dents, par­tic­u­larly those in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

The pro­gramme, which is man­aged by the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice, pro­vides col­lege grad­u­ates with work ex­pe­ri­ence to in­crease their chances of find­ing em­ploy­ment.

He re­ported that un­der the Reg­is­tered Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­gramme, more than 35 young peo­ple have been placed for on-the-job train­ing. Fur­ther, Green said 45 youth are be­ing trained for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion un­der the Un­at­tached Youth Pro­gramme.

JULIET CUTH­BERT-FLYNN

DR WIN­STON GREEN

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