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Non-traditional high schools should be rebranded, says Thwaites

Published:Saturday | June 2, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Ronald Thwaites

EDUCATION MINISTER Ronald Thwaites says he wants a rebranding of non-traditional high schools.

"There is good and excellence in all our secondary institutions," Thwaites told students and educators from non-traditional rural high schools.

Thwaites maintained that "no school should be called a failure", and has urged Jamaicans to remove the perception that grammar education is more important than technical and vocational competence.

"Unfortunately, in Jamaica, our history has led us to the misunderstanding that somehow grammar school education was for the bright, and technical and vocational competence was for those who were not so bright. We are to mash down that lie," Thwaites declared.

"We need both skills," he added while praising the 'I am the Change' entrepreneurship model, managed by the Mutual Building Societies Foundation, and called for its replication throughout the national school system.

Thwaites was addressing student entrepreneurs, teachers and corporate executives at the I am the Change Schools' Business Expo and Competition held yesterday at the Mona Visitors' Lodge and Conference Centre, University of the West Indies, Mona.