A bea­con of success in west­ern Ja­maica

Jamaica Gleaner - - 40TH ANNIVERSARY -

I AM de­lighted to join Her­bert Mor­ri­son Tech­ni­cal High School in cel­e­brat­ing 40 years of out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to na­tion build­ing through ed­u­ca­tion. Over the years, the in­sti­tu­tion has steadily im­proved its per­for­mance in the ar­eas of aca­demics, sports, and tech­ni­cal vo­ca­tion.

Build­ing on the legacy left be­hind by found­ing prin­ci­pal, J. Lloyd Whin­stan­ley, who served ad­mirably for 23 years, Her­bert Mor­ri­son Tech­ni­cal High has etched its name in our ed­u­ca­tional land­scape as one of west­ern Ja­maica’s most-sought-af­ter high schools with di­verse pro­gramme of­fer­ings.

Cur­rent prin­ci­pal, Paul Adams, has also steered the suc­cess­ful growth of the school through as­tute lead­er­ship, dis­ci­pline, and fore­sight. Per­haps the strong­est ev­i­dence of this fore­sight is the re­cent in­tro­duc­tion of a dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy pro­gramme. This of­fer­ing is in align­ment with the coun­try’s fo­cus on in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy, which we be­lieve will play a cen­tral role in our economic de­vel­op­ment by gen­er­at­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments and cre­at­ing jobs for our peo­ple.

COL­LAB­O­RA­TIVE EF­FORT

How­ever, the cur­rent achieve­ments of the school can­not be at­trib­uted solely to Prin­ci­pal Adams. It is no doubt a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort also in­volv­ing the board, vi­ceprin­ci­pals, teach­ers, and stu­dents. In this re­gard, I com­mend ev­ery mem­ber of the Her­bert Mor­ri­son fam­ily for their hard work, ded­i­ca­tion, and cre­ative vi­sion. This learn­ing in­sti­tu­tion is a bea­con of success in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, demon­strat­ing the power of strength and per­se­ver­ance in pro­mot­ing a cul­ture of ex­cel­lence.

I urge the in­sti­tu­tion to con­tinue build­ing on the achieve­ments and to never be­come com­pla­cent. Chal­lenge your­selves to main­tain the school’s ex­cel­lence by an­tic­i­pat­ing the needs of stu­dents and en­sur­ing that the cur­ricu­lum is meet­ing labour-mar­ket pre­req­ui­sites.

Best wishes for a won­der­ful week of ac­tiv­i­ties. Happy an­niver­sary! ANDREW HOL­NESS Prime Min­is­ter

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