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Without a sound education the nation won't grow - PM

Published:Saturday | December 13, 2014 | 12:15 PM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. - File

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says politics has no place in the educational development of the nation's young people and has warned that without a sound education the nation would not grow.



Simpson Miller was speaking today during a symposium put on by the Career Advancement Programme of the Ministry of Education Ministry at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.



She says data provided by the Education Ministry show that 9,000 of the 42,000 students set to leave the secondary school system next year will not have the required competences.



However, Simpson Miller says her administration is committed to creating possibilities for the nation's young people because it could not afford the price of their ignorance.



She says Jamaica will not be able to effectively eliminate poverty unless there is a reduction in the number of young persons who are unattached or at risk.



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