Thu | Jan 18, 2018

Why recreate the wheel?

Published:Friday | January 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Edmund Bartlett


I have read with interest of Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett's plans to build the Jamaica Hospitality School at a cost of $400 million.

I want to urge Minister Bartlett and the Government to reconsider this move. As a member of the board of management at Knox Community College, and a proponent of the community college system in Jamaica, I sincerely believe that the use of these facilities offers the minister and the ministry a turn-key solution.

At Knox, we have a world-class hospitality programme, with all who matriculate into the programme gaining full employment throughout the hospitality industry in Jamaica after completion. Instead of building a new edifice, the ministry should deploy the resources through the community colleges that have the network across Jamaica to give youngsters in any parish equal opportunity of access to these prospects.

Knox Community College has four campuses - two in Spalding, one in May Pen, and one in Mandeville. Other community colleges - Montego Bay, Excelsior, Moneague, Brown's Town, Portmore - and their satellite campuses with existing infrastructure can accomplish the intended goal of the Ministry of Tourism in this regard.

On one hand, the Government is correctly rightsizing the public sector under the public sector transformation strategy, and on the other, it seems to be adding more bureaucracy.

Minister Bartlett, I take this opportunity to invite you to Knox Community College so that you may adequately inform yourself of the young people's revolution taking place here.

Paul Lyn, J.P.

Spalding, Clarendon