Government working to produce work-ready graduates
Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites has said the Government is working to transform technical schools into strong academies to better prepare students for the workplace.
"The Ministry of Education is on a drive to ensure that our young people who graduate from school have a strong basis in technical studies, because that is taking the swing in the world," he said.
Thwaites was speaking at the 120th-anniversary church service for Kingston Technical High School (KTHS), held on Wednesday, at the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church, downtown Kingston.
He said students should be proud to attend technical high schools, as these institutions offer job skills that are highly demanded by employers.
Describing KTHS as the "gem" of educational institutions in central Kingston, the Education Minister noted that many of its graduates have excelled in society, locally and abroad.
"You are a strong school, speaking with even greater relevance than many other schools, to the opportunities for employment and purposeful work in the Jamaica of the 21st century," he said.
Thwaites said he was pleased with students planning a career in information technology, auto mechanics, construction and other technical fields.
"These are as legitimate, valid and important professions as any doctor, any lawyer," he pointed out.
The minister, who is also member of parliament for Central Kingston, implored students not to waste their educational opportunities at KTHS, noting that attending the school "is the big chance in your life".