Put aside negative thoughts - PM
Students, who will be attending high school in September are being encouraged by the prime minister to put aside negative thoughts and actions.
Portia Simpson Miller said that adopting a positive outlook and attitude was one of the most important keys to achieving success.
"Never, ever keep the word 'can't' in your thinking. It is an evil word regarding your education. Keep on telling yourself you can, because each of you can. You have gotten thus far and you will be able to be successful," she said.
She was addressing students and parents at a Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awards function at Jamaica House on August 13.
A total of 17 students, whose parents are employed to the Office of the Prime Minister, and the Office of the Cabinet in various capacities, were presented with book vouchers valued at $5, 000 each.
The awards function, which began some eight years ago, is part of a staff welfare programme, designed to recognise and acknowledge the efforts of GSAT students and to encourage them in their future endeavours.
Simpson Miller commended the children for performing well on the GSAT examinations and also praised their parents for the effort they put into ensuring their children's success.
The prime minister also urged the students to look to their parents as positive role models.
One of the recipients, Hannah-Laurel Thomas, expressed gratitude on behalf of her fellow recipients.