40 years of strength and per­se­ver­ance

Jamaica Gleaner - - 40TH ANNIVERSARY -

IT IS my plea­sure to ex­tend con­grat­u­la­tory greet­ings to Her­bert Mor­ri­son Tech­ni­cal High School as you com­mem­o­rate four decades of strength and per­se­ver­ance in pro­mot­ing the growth, de­vel­op­ment, and em­pow­er­ment of youth through a holis­tic ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

The school has been blessed with strong and as­sertive lead­er­ship and a cadre of ded­i­cated staff that has en­abled its grad­u­ates to stamp their mark on Ja­maica and farther afield. This is a fit­ting trib­ute to the life and work of Dr Her­bert Mor­ri­son, in whose hon­our the in­sti­tu­tion was named af­ter years of its evolv­ing.

Ed­u­ca­tion is un­doubt­edly a medium that cre­ates pathways for more Ja­maicans to con­trib­ute to national de­vel­op­ment. Through­out our history, it has re­mained a ma­jor tool for up­ward mo­bil­ity and im­prove­ment in the qual­ity of life. Its role in our march to­wards in­de­pen­dence and the con­tri­bu­tions that Ja­maicans con­tinue to make in re­gional and in­ter­na­tional fora are un­ques­tioned.

It is, there­fore, com­mend­able that, at 40, Her­bert Mor­ri­son Tech­ni­cal High School is not rest­ing on its lau­rels. In­stead, the in­sti­tu­tion has em­braced the national vi­sion to achieve world­class ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing with the in­tro­duc­tion of tech­nol­o­gy­fo­cused learn­ing ini­tia­tives. The launch of its 2016-2021 De­vel­op­ment Plan is ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated, given its pro­jec­tion to keep stu­dents at the cut­ting edge of learn­ing.

One of the most amaz­ing things about ed­u­ca­tion is that no one can take it from you. I, there­fore, en­cour­age stu­dents to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire the knowl­edge that will en­able them to cre­ate their jobs and be­come change agents in our so­ci­ety.

Happy an­niver­sary to the en­tire Her­bert Mor­ri­son Tech­ni­cal High School and best wishes for a suc­cess­ful future. SIR PATRICK ALLEN Gover­nor Gen­eral

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