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St Jago's Roberts tops Financial Education essay competition

Published:Friday | March 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Winners in the Financial Education in Schools essay competition (from left): Tka McKenzie, Glenmuir High School, third place; Michella Thompson, Tacius Golding High School, second place; Chadeaux Roberts, St Jago High School, first place, and Nadene Newsome, communications manager at Financial Services Commission. Occasion was the closing ceremony and awards held at Wyndham hotel, New Kingston, on Wednesday. - Gladstone Taylor/Photographer

ST JAGO High School student Chadeaux Roberts copped top spot in the Financial Education in Schools essay competition ahead of 250 students from seven secondary schools.

The 14-year-old entered the competition, which was held by the Financial Services Commission and Junior Achievement, with a well-constructed piece on 'how to make a good budget' as part of her personal mission of being more aware of dealing with finances.

She was awarded at a ceremony held at Wyndham hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday.

"I enjoyed writing the essay because I was dull at the topic of budgeting and being a part of this programme, I know it would open up my eyes to budgeting and now I am proud to say I more financially aware and financially smart.

"I am elated. I was literally shocked when I heard my name called as the winner," she explained.

Future lawyer

The future lawyer said she will use the skills she learnt about financing when she establishes her law firm.

Michella Thompson of Tacius Golding High School got second place and Tka McKenzie of Glenmuir High School was awarded third spot.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said the programme is important as it helped the students to understand how to manage their finances.

Emphasise savings

He encouraged them to use the opportunity to emphasise savings in schools as a good start for the future.

"I hope that the programme will continue to be linked with a savings programme. Learning to save is an important aspect of achievement. Saving is very important and we use to have a much stronger student-savings programme in Jamaica than we do now," the minister noted.

He also said Jamaica needs to place more emphasis on technical and vocational learning instead of treating it as a secondary field.

"Most of the jobs that you will be responsible for, not only will they come from the small-business sector, but also they are going to be emerging from technical and vocational requirements.

"Therefore, when you are asked to do technical and vocational studies in your schools, it must not be because that is not the bright area it is vitally important that we should all know how to apply our knowledge in ways that involve scientific principles and technical vocational competencies," she added.