St. James High's Student Watch Programme making strides
The St James High School Past Students' Association is singing high praises for its Student Watch initiative, which was implemented at the start of the academic year in September.
The programme was set up enable the association and the school to be informed about the misbehaviour of its students or instances of students being in need of protection. The programme entails the provision of special contact information to the public, urging citizens to send pictures and videos of students engaging in deviant behaviour, to the school.
However, instead of bad behaviour being reported, the school is receiving messages of exemplary conduct of its students on the streets of the second City.
"What this tells us is that the children are not misbehaving themselves, which was what we wanted to happen in the first place," said Dennis 'Mackie Conscious' McKay, the association's public relations officer.
"We are getting reports of great improvement in the behavioural patterns of our students," he added.
McKay, who is a reggae artiste, said other schools have since expressed interest in the programme. He said Excelsior High School in Kingston has contacted the association to get the details of the project, as that school wished to replicate it.
"We gave them (Excelsior High) the whole details and I believe they have since implemented it," said McKay, who also urged other schools across the island to execute similar initiatives to maintain acceptable behaviour among their students and to keep them safe.