THE EDITOR, Sir:
In recent days, there have been ongoing controversies in relation to the chapel sessions at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU). As a proud alumnus, I think the onus is upon me to add my voice to this controversy.
Let me make it clear that I have been a Seventh-day Adventist all my life. However, my views are not in defence of a school that is operated by my church. Those who know me well will understand that I have a strong belief in upholding rules and regulations because this is what defines us as human beings.
Some people may find my point of view offensive, but the reality is that some of the persons opposing these rules had NCU as their only option and would not be qualified for sixth form even if they tried.
Let me also be clear in stating that had it not been for NCU I would not know what it feels like to be the proud holder of a bachelor's degree.
The difference between myself and the individuals protesting is that if I got the chance to break the rule and did not get caught, then so be it; but if I get caught, I apologise and move on.
NCU has a tradition since 1907, and it would be foolish of me or anyone else to expect or demand a change in the rules because of our personal biases. While change is sometimes necessary, changes do not come about simply because the minority wants it to. Every student signs to a contractual agreement to obey the rules of the university upon entering the university.
In my opinion, it is not wise to enter an institution or any organisation without conducting a thorough background check to know what the policies are. Once you decide to enter an institution, you are expected to abide by the standards set by the institution.
NCU did not force anyone to enter the university.
I find the behaviour of these students matching that of preschoolers. I see a high level of ungratefulness being dis-played, as NCU takes you as you are and mould you into what you should be. You signed an agreement, live with it. You go to Rome, do what the Romans do.
Fernon N Thompson,
Regional Field Officer
National Youth Service
Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth