Con­grats on a lofty 40-year mile­stone

Jamaica Gleaner - - 40TH ANNIVERSARY -

IT IS in­deed a plea­sure for me to have been of­fered this op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late Her­bert Mor­ri­son Tech­ni­cal High School for achiev­ing the lofty mile­stone of 40 years of ex­is­tence in Ja­maica.

If we be­lieve that ed­u­ca­tion is a path­way to so­cial mo­bil­ity, then the in­sti­tu­tions that of­fer sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion stud­ies can be re­garded as ve­hi­cles on that path­way to growth and de­vel­op­ment for Ja­maica in gen­eral, and the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties of St James in par­tic­u­lar. It has been long recog­nised that a sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion is an im­por­tant com­po­nent in national de­vel­op­ment, and in re­cent times it has be­come even more ev­i­dent that it is a ma­jor cat­a­lyst in a knowl­edgedriven global econ­omy.

The school con­tin­ues to achieve in many ar­eas and I com­mend its aca­demic per­for­mances, as well as the ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of its stu­dents in sports and other co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. Her­bert Mor­ri­son has truly

pro­vided a bal­anced ed­u­ca­tion to those who have passed through its hal­lowed halls.

I ap­plaud the ded­i­cated teach­ers, hard-work­ing ed­u­ca­tors who have re­mained com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the in­sti­tu­tion’s stan­dard of learn­ing. This jour­ney would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the con­tri­bu­tion of those charged with the lead­er­ship and the un­break­able re­la­tion­ship and sup­port ren­dered by the board, par­ents and the alumni.

To the present stu­dents, I chal­lenge you to be mind­ful of the out­stand­ing her­itage of your school. Ac­cept the baton proudly and grate­fully, with God’s bless­ing may you con­tinue to blaze the trail of your pre­de­ces­sors, the ap­pre­cia­tive alumni of the Her­bert Mor­ri­son Tech­ni­cal High.

The in­sti­tu­tion has re­sponded well to the chang­ing de­mands of ed­u­ca­tion and has in­tro­duced oc­cu­pa­tional, vo­ca­tional and leisure cour­ses. This wide va­ri­ety of op­tions has helped to en­gen­der a spirit of hope and de­ter­mi­na­tion in the young peo­ple of west­ern Ja­maica, by ini­ti­at­ing change through ed­u­ca­tion. I of­fer my con­grat­u­la­tions once again to prin­ci­pal Paul Adams, who has en­sured that this fine in­sti­tu­tion main­tains a high stan­dard of ex­cel­lence. Keep up the good work and best wishes for the future. SE­NA­TOR RUEL REID Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion

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