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Promote communication skills among Jamaicans

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Jamaica is considered a Third World country and is one of the most indebted countries in the world. It is plagued with high unemployment, crime, poverty, lack of educational opportunities, etc.

A large percentage of Jamaicans are undereducated, and speaking, reading and writing are skills that need to be taught. There will be continuous cost to develop a curriculum to teach the art of reading and writing Patois. The process will take away valuable resources from areas that need to be focused on.

Barbados is considered a First World country because of its emphasis on education. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller acknowledged their success in one of her speeches.

In order to prosper and become a first-rate country, we need to develop ourselves to appeal to a global audience, and communication is the first step.

It is the competency of being able to communicate well that helps to divide the privileged from the underprivileged. The greater the level of education, the more likely the distribution of wealth and the less there will be crime and poverty.

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A disciplined, educated English-speaking country will attract international investors - thus job creation. One of the barriers that plague some Jamaicans abroad and prevent them from getting suitable employment is their inability to communicate effectively in the English language.

When I hear Jamaican politicians and intelligent Jamaicans speak, they have a beautiful distinct Jamaican accent; they are respected. Why are the people of influence not promoting the value of good communication skills to the Jamaican people at large?

Patois should not define us. Tradition, culture or dogma should not outweigh the acceptance of knowledge that will ensure a better future.

HEADLEY G. SQUIRE

headleyca@yahoo.ca