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Education minister implores teachers to add value to a child's life

Published:Monday | September 7, 2015 | 9:24 AM
Students of the St Aloysius Primary School in downtown Kingston say prayers on the the first day of the 2015-2016 school year.
Ronald Thwaites says education is the most important developmental tool and children should not be deprived of it
Students of the St Aloysius Primary School in downtown Kingston turnout for classes on the first day of the 2015-2016 school year.
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Almost 500,000 infant, primary and secondary school students are expected to turn out today for the start of the new academic year.

Meanwhile, 4,600 early childhood institutions will welcome thousands more for classes.

Education minister Ronald Thwaites is warning parents and school administrators that every child must be in school and remain there.

In his back to school message last evening, Thwaites said education is the most important developmental tool and children should not be deprived of it.

 

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites

Thwaites says every principal and teacher must hold themselves responsible for adding value to a student’s life.

Meanwhile, Thwaites says all is in place for the start of school and the various institutions have received funding totalling $1.2 billion.

He also says distribution of furniture is ongoing and 20 schools will be removed from the shift system this term.

The education minister has also announced that 1,000 scholarships are being provided to persons who want to become mathematics and science teachers.