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Celebrating our teachers

Published:Wednesday | May 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM


It is impossible to celebrate Jamaica 50 without recognising the sterling contribution of our teachers, past and present, who are, in many instances, the bedrock of the nation.

On this Teachers' Day, my heartfelt appreciation is extended for my son's teacher at RJR Basic School, Desiree Purrier-Green, and all the teachers across this land who are tasked with making champions of our children. It is in their hands that we collectively place our future investments.

The challenges impeding our education system are well known: inadequate budget allocation, a general breakdown of discipline, and increasing violence in schools. Administrations come and go, and sometimes our education policies change course, but the men and women in the classroom remain a constant in our children's lives.

Parental role vital

As parents, there are many things we can do to improve the education process. Let us make a deliberate effort to get involved in our children's learning. This makes the teachers' job a little easier and it will reinforce at home what is being taught at school.

Let us not just send our children to school, but let us endeavour to journey through the education process with them. Research shows that students perform better when their parents are actively involved in the school community and show interest in their eduction.

Thank you, teachers, for your unceasing efforts, as you often believe in our children more than we do. Continue to raise the bar of excellence because you are safeguarding the nation's future. Happy Teachers' Day!


Spanish Town, St Catherine