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Jamaica's crime woes go beyond numbers - clergyman

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2014 | 5:48 PM

A leading Jamaican clergyman says the country's crime woes go beyond just numbers and suggests that there is a problem with the socialisation process among the youth.

Anglican Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Rev Dr Howard Gregory, says Jamaica is facing a crime problem much deeper than the numbers of people killed each day.

According to Archbishop Gregory, there is a problem with the way in which the nation's youth are socialising, which he suggested, is a contributory factor behind the island's high crime rate. The archbishop was speaking at a church service to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's School in St Andrew today.

Father Gregory urged the Queens School and schools generally to pay more attention and care to the socialisation of girls in particular, who he warns, are becoming perpetrators and abettors of crime because of failures of the home.

He says while the school is not and should not be the only agent of socialisation, there are limits to what the school can achieve if the home is not fulfilling its responsibilities.

Rev Dr Gregory says Jamaica must begin to question the extent to which the home and family is equipping children with an understanding of themselves and preparing them to engage in positive relationships.

But he says schools must also look beyond educating children and begin to engage parents and guardians in a more meaningful manner.

He says too often parents only become involved with schools when they are being called in to deal with matters relating to their children.


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