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Give Bodles TP Lecky honour

Published:Wednesday | February 8, 2017 | 2:00 AM


Oftentimes I wonder about the absence of a monument to enshrine the legacy of great Jamaican scientist, Dr T.P. Lecky. I consider this neglect a national disgrace. I was even more disappointed after reading 'Controversy over name change' (Gleaner, 2/6/17), about the simple-minded excuses preventing the renaming of the Bodles Agricultural Station in Lecky's honour.

In any other country, major scholarships and educational institutions would have named after him. He was one of the finest Jamaican scientists of his time. He set out to apply science to agriculture in a manner that offered sustainable development for rural Jamaica.

Instead of polarising the scope of the institution, the renaming could lead to a rebirth of Bodles and science in agriculture. Probably those who are in opposition to the name change are guilty of contributing to the very poor state of affairs at that important agricultural station.

The renaming should be seen as a turning point. It should be used to inspire new developments at Bodles. The universities and related government ministries should meet and work out a plan for the reconstruction of Bodles into a modern scientific facility for animal and crop science. How can anyone be so silly to think that the naming of this great geneticist would overshadow Bodles' other work in crop science?

Science and its application in agriculture is critical to the development of our people and country. The renaming of Bodles as the T.P. Lecky Agricultural Station is important to start the debate on the development of a science reform-led curriculum.