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Hold parents accountable for student aid

Published:Saturday | September 10, 2016 | 9:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It is important for the governing body of a country to provide for the poor and disconsolate, but parents should be held responsible for the money they receive from Government year after year to aid in the education of their children, when their children have nothing to show for it.

Many students graduate from high schools with few or no passes in Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations, especially at inner-city schools. Isn't this money going down the drain? Taxpayers' money given to parents is an investment; investments need to turn a profit in order to continue business.

Quite a number of these students go to school just to eat and fool around, and at the end of the day they go home to sit down with a useless certificate, and later on they walk in their parents' shoes. Something is definitely wrong with this picture.

Many of these students would do better if they had attentive parents who see to it that they do their homework, encourage their children and make sure that they attend school on time each day. These parents should be held accountable, too, not only teachers.

Everyone on the face of the earth is blessed with a talent or gift. Yahweh is not biased. All talents will emerge with hard work and perseverance. Matthew 25: 14-30 tells us that He expects us to make a profit on the talents He gave us, whether spiritual or physical. The Government should find ways to make these parents more supportive to their children. We cannot keep on throwing away this scarce commodity.

J.C. SAVOURY

Kingston 13