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New values and attitudes programme targets schools

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2012

Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Investment and Commerce have joined forces in the battle against the human development crisis that Jamaica currently faces, a battle that includes issues such as weakened family structures, loss of social cohesion and crime.

Yesterday, the Jamaica Re-socialisation Programme (JRP) was launched at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.

Clement Radcliffe, the acting chief education officer at the Ministry of Education, told The Gleaner that Jamaica is "to a certain extent, a nation in crisis that needs to be guided down the road to recovery".

The campaign is a high-priority strategic intervention intended to transform the value system and the attitudes of the population in general, with an intense focus on children in the school system.

"This programme is critical, as it relates to the structuring of behaviour management in schools, the Ministry of Education is in full support of the training that will be executed as it is a part of our wide cross section of events to ensure that the school will be a place where education can be executed without disruptions or misbehaviours," Radcliffe said.

He told The Gleaner that the programme intends to engage civil society, business leaders and the school system in a conservative effort to restore those traditional values and attitudes that have served many generations.