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Ministry of education condemns match-fixing

Published:Friday | November 28, 2014 | 1:45 PM

The Ministry of Education will be meeting with the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) to discuss the recent allegation of match-fixing into two second round Manning Cup football matches.

The two matches, which were played on November 5, produced 28 goals and resulted in ISSA launching an investigation.

In one game at Constant Spring, Jamaica College (JC) hammered Denham Town 16-0, scoring six goals in six minutes added for stoppages.

In the other match, Excelsior High whipped Holy Trinity 12-0 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

JC and Excelsior ended on seven points apiece.

However, JC advanced to the semi-finals on superior goal difference.

JC went on to retain the Manning Cup title after a 2-1 win against Charlie Smith, last Saturday, at the National Stadium.

A release from the Ministry of Education stated that ISSA had written to Education Minister Ronald Thwaites saying it had concerns about the recent incidents.

The Ministry of Education says it condemns match fixing and the trading of footballers and other athletes at any level of the game.

The Ministry of Education further says practice of trading of footballers and other athletes must be stopped as the purpose of school is to offer a good academic education and to strengthen values and attitudes which make for a good people and a great nation.

The release also says while the Ministry of Education welcomes financial contribution from Corporate Jamaica towards the development of sports in schools, sponsors should be careful their gestures do not have the effect of professionalising the performance of amateur athletes.

Since 2013 the Ministry has been meeting with representatives ISSA in order to agree on a policy that protects students, schools and other stakeholders as well as promote a healthy school environment.

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