National PTA head urges parents to enforce dress code for students
President of the National Parent-Teacher Association, Dr Lennon Richards, is calling for parents to enforce the dress code that schools have established for students.
Richards made the call while delivering the keynote address at the St Catherine-based Kitson Town Primary School’s annual school-leaving exercise on Tuesday at the Kitson Town Baptist Church.
He also cautioned against skin bleaching, emphasising its attendant health and identity issues.
“Parents, it is very important that your children are well-attired,” he told the gathering, adding that once the manner of dress is known to the school community, the children should not be allowed to leave home wearing clothes that are not acceptable to the institutions.
He called for fathers to stay close to the schools their children attend, and for all parents to do regular checks of their children’s school books, and to be “very mindful of the friends that your children keep.”
Richards, who gave personal awards of $10,000 each to the Top Female and Male Students of the Year, Nicollette Spencer and Chesnut Coombs, said the school-leavers must become “champions among their peers”.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the school board, Reverend Norva Rodney, told the gathering that the school is on a “trajectory, and progress is being made.”
For her part, acting principal, Janice Yates, said there is much to be celebrated, as despite the “newness” with the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examinations, students have been placed in schools of their choice.
“We are confident that our children will succeed wherever they go. Students, remember your responsibility and to push towards excellence. Go forward with the discipline that we have sought to instil in you,” she urged.