Don't give up, Robinson urges teachers
As the nation prepares to mark Teacher's Day next Wednesday, the island's teachers are being urged not to crumble under the weight of indiscipline that is sometimes displayed by students.
Instead, Julian Robinson, opposition spokesman on information and the knowledge economy, is challenging Jamaican teachers to focus on moulding the minds of the youth, so that they can contribute positively to society.
Robinson gave the charge to teachers as he addressed the Mico University College's class of 2017 banquet and awards ceremony last Saturday in the Corporate Area.
He expressed gratitude to the nation's educators, noting that they continue to make selfless sacrifices for the nation's children.
"You play the most important role but you are probably the worst paid, under some of the most difficult circumstances. And so I want to thank the organisers for honouring those of you who will be recognised," said Robinson.
Nadine Ashley, Marcia McFarlene, Vivine McLeary, Dr Karen Morgan, Carlyn Thompson and Denver Holt were the lecturers honoured.
"You now live in an environment where you are physically threatened and you put your lives at risk. The society has changed and it has changed to an extent where, because there is a breakdown in the family and the role of parents, all the issues have been placed at your (teachers) feet," added Robinson.
He painted a picture of the technological advances taking place globally and cautioned teachers not to be left out.
"Even at the most basic level, for example, construction, you must be able to read and write, and so without those elementary skills, they (youth) cannot access those opportunities.
"The challenge we have, therefore, is how do we arrest that divide," he said and added that "arresting it, cannot be that we do the same things that we use to."