True Jamaican conundrum
If you live in the far West End of Negril, you are at the end of the main water supply pumping network from the Green Island station, which pumps water to the Negril area. If your water supply dries up, as ours did about four days ago, you call the National Water Commission (NWC) customer service to report that there has been no water for a few days. No one answers. So you call any and all other numbers listed in the phone directory for the NWC in Sav-la-Mar, Lucea, and even Montego Bay. Guess what? Nobody answers.
In desperation, you call an acquaintance who is a high up in a foreign company which is heavily involved with modernising and expanding the water supply to many parts of Jamaica, and who has excellent contacts with the various senior staff in the NWC. He gets in touch with those personnel, who tell him that they know nothing of the problem in West End Negril. Is that surprising, since no one will answer the telephone from irate and very thirsty and dirty customers?
How can we ever make progress regarding such essential matters if there is no communication with the body responsible? Is it not high time that water is added to the list of necessities for life in this otherwise wonderful island of ours?
To date, I have no idea, after four days, whether the problem is even known to the NWC. What is going on with these essential services?
Dr Garth Fraser
Stop polluting Black River
I have been a resident of Black River for many years but have never been this concerned as to the welfare of the river.
I recently concluded research to see how great the level of pollution is, and the results are shocking. Industrial sites upstream contribute greatly to the pollution of the river, but do little to solve the problem.
One fisherman says there is little that can be done but surely something must be done.
Creative maths teachers wanted
Jamaica does not need to have overseas maths teachers. What we need is to assist our teachers in Jamaica to find more creative ways to teach the subject.The Ministry of Education can have seminars twice per month for maths teachers in different zones.
The seminars should allow teachers to evaluate their students' performance on topics in the syllabus and find out if students in other schools are facing similar problems. Teachers will work together to find creative ways to solve the problems students face. Follow-up would analyse if there is improvement and be documented for future use.
Andrea O' Connor
May Pen P.O. Clarendon