Peo­ples must be con­fi­dent in NA­TIONAL AWARDS SCHEME

The na­tional hon­ours and awards scheme serves to ac­knowl­edge per­sons who have made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion and sus­tained efforts in crit­i­cal ar­eas of na­tional life.

Jamaica Gleaner - - FEATURE - By­ron Buck­ley

SEV­ERAL COM­MEN­TA­TORS have in­sisted that the na­tional hon­ours and awards scheme must be op­er­ated ac­cord­ing to es­tab­lished cri­te­ria or risk fall­ing into dis­re­pute and con­tro­versy.

“The na­tional hon­ours and awards scheme must have an in­sti­tu­tion­alised and struc­tured sys­tem with cri­te­ria that makes it pre­dictable, and en­able peo­ple to feel con­fi­dent in the selec­tion process,” stated Sir Ken­neth Hall, former gov­er­nor gen­eral of Ja­maica.

He said that, as a cen­tral fea­ture of na­tion build­ing, the na­tional hon­ours and awards scheme serves to ac­knowl­edge per­sons who have made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion and sus­tained efforts in crit­i­cal ar­eas of na­tional life, as well as in­spire oth­ers to do so. Sir Ken­neth, who is a former prin­ci­pal of the Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, pointed out that the per­sons and cat­e­gories be­ing recog­nised sig­nify the ar­eas of great value in the so­ci­ety.

On Oc­to­ber 16, 2017 – Na­tional He­roes Day – Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Sir Pa­trick Allen will con­fer na­tional hon­ours and awards on hun­dreds of re­cip­i­ents dur­ing a cer­e­mony at King’s House. The awardees were pre­vi­ously an­nounced in the press on In­de­pen­dence Day, Au­gust 6. This fol­lowed sub­mis­sions from the public to the Chancery of the Or­ders of the So­ci­eties of Hon­our at the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter, dur­ing the cus­tom­ary nom­i­na­tion pe­riod from Jan­uary to March.

SHEP­HERD

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