Don't play politics with education
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I would like to commend Ian Boyne on his instructive and excellent article in The Sunday Gleaner of August 28, 2016, titled 'JTA must endorse non-mandatory fees'.
I must remind Ronald Thwaites that the People's National Party benefited tremendously from this socialist policy. It was also a benefit to poor people who could not afford the cost of education. I am calling on all Jamaicans to support the Government on its non-mandatory fee policy. The principals, the Jamaica Teachers' Association, and the Opposition are bonded to oppose this directive, but many of those opposed to this policy benefited from free education.
Principals who refuse to register children who cannot pay mandatory fees must be sanctioned or disciplined. They are not registering the children, so they cannot get their package unless they pay.
I am appealing to principals, the JTA, and the Opposition to support the non-mandatory fees. History will not forgive you for playing politics with poor people's education.