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Education too important to a nation to neglect

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2016 | 1:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The importance of Education is an undeniable right for every single person and it goes without saying that education has a positive effect on all human life.

Marcus Garvey said "A reading man and woman is a ready man and woman, but a writing man and woman is exact". So only with an education can one gain real knowledge and extend one's view of the world he lives in, that with technology is becoming smaller and smaller each day.

The old cliche is even more so relevant in today's world in that for the absolute majority "education is the key to success".

The availability and access to a proper education and as the world evolves into a more diverse place, appropriate education in even more critical. I recall the lamentation of some when then ministers of education worked on the conversion of the then secondary schools into traditional high schools and what a difference this has made to the lives of many "late bloomers".

Historically most of our educational advancement seems to be projects of the ruling party dating as far back as 1957 when Norman Manley introduced the Common Entrance Examination, now GSAT, converted training centres into technical high schools (Dinthill; Holmwood; Kingston) and the establishment of the College of Arts Science & Technology, (CAST) now the University of Technology (UTech).

More recently, Ronald Thwaites has sought to build on a strong foundation and as a nation we continue to make strides in education, but we still have some way to go. As Jamaicans, we implore him to continue this push to widen the access through PATH and to maintain the school feeding programme.

Education is too important to a nation to neglect and so we call upon all elected officials never to agree to any policies that seek to negatively impact this sector.

Thalia McDonald

thalia.mcdonald@yahoo.com