'Give back to the less fortunate' - R Danny Williams
Good management and money were highlighted as two critical factors to effectively run a school.
That was the declaration made by Sagicor's chairman, R. Danny Williams, who was addressing the Camperdown Alumni Hall of Fame Annual Gala, held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston last weekend.
Highlighting some achievements that have been made at his alma mater, Jamaica College (JC), over the past 10 years, Williams made an appeal to past students of the 85-year-old institution, to be dedicated to the task of ensuring that the less fortunate have a chance at a solid education.
"The resources given by the ministry of education are not enough. I don't know what would happen if the school didn't collect auxiliary fees. Children are experiencing some harsh conditions and they didn't ask to come into the world. My simple message, therefore, is for persons to make a commitment to give back to the less fortunate and assist with development of your schools," he declared.
"If you are going to run a school, there are a few things that must happen. First, board members have to be chosen very carefully for their competence; no friend business," he charged.
"You have to get persons with special skills. You need lawyers, persons with financial skills and people with good management experience. The same thing I need for the Sagicor board, or any other business, is the same thing needed to run a school efficiently."
Williams also indicated that a good vision is necessary to steer any school's development.
"I got a vision of what could happen at the school (JC) not on my own I got help from several other persons. A lot of people don't realise that running a secondary school with 1,500 students is no easy task," Williams said.
"There has to be regular board meetings; two times a year is rubbish. Meetings have to be held at least 10 times for the year. It's serious business. Unless you have that kind of commitment, you can't achieve the objectives that the school is capable of. The students should be priority," the chairman said.
In the meantime, the late James Henry Brown, who was principal for the institution from 1968-1982, in addition to the 1982 Triple Crown winners, were inducted into the Camperdown Alumni Hall of Fame.
Brown and persons who made the 1982 football team were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the development of the school and were lauded for their unswerving commitment.