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Tertiary students must raise their voices

Published:Wednesday | November 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I wonder if Jamaican tertiary institutions really value students for who they are and the power they possess.

It is so disappointing that the Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students (JUTS), which was organised at the national level since 1972 by the government, in its democratisation plan within the education system, has yet again fallen asleep. What a disappointment on the part of the Ministry of Youth, whose office is responsible for JUTS.

The big questions are, where is the national voice for tertiary students? Why has JUTS gone to sleep yet again after just a year of operation? What is the Ministry of Youth doing to revive this organisation?

Jamaicans have, for far too long, settled for mediocrity from our leaders and Government. It must stop. Tertiary students, I am imploring you stand up for what you believe. I want to tell you that you all have the basic right to demonstrate, as part of the democratic process, and since the chief organisation to represent you has, yet again, fallen asleep, I urge you to know your rights as students and do not allow yourselves to be treated as children and accept mediocrity from your administrators.

MAURICE NEWMAN

newmanmaurice62@yahoo.com

Junction PO, St Elizabeth