Thwaites declares fight to improve literacy and numeracy
In a back-to-school broadcast last night, the Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said there will be concrete steps to improve academic output this year.
As a result, he says all primary schools will focus on literacy and numeracy as never before.
Thwaites reiterated that literacy and numeracy must be mastered by students at the expected grade 4 level.
He says immediate and effective steps must be taken to help students who are unable to master literacy and numeracy.
Thwaites is urging parents to pay auxiliary fees as part of their responsibilities to support their children.
Just last week, Opposition Leader Andrew Holness argued that auxiliary fees should not be mandatory especially given the current economic conditions.
However, in last night’s broadcast, Thwaites argued that despite the Government’s provisions, schools need the money to procure critical goods and services.
The Education Minister stressed that parents and guardians must provide an effective environment to enhance their children’s development.
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