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'I'm sorry', says Education Minister to schools named in prison report

Published:Monday | January 27, 2014 | 1:15 PM

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says he is sorry for any shame, his presentation in Parliament last week linking some schools with criminality has caused.

The study done by the Jamaica Constabulary Force revealed that most persons in penal facilities are from poor-performing schools.

Eighteen named schools were among 54 institutions mentioned by the report.

However, some of the schools and other education stakeholders have taken issue with the naming, especially following Thwaites' criticism of former education minister Andrew Holness' labelling of some schools as failing in 2011.

This morning, Thwaites offered an apology in the wake the public outcry from some quarters.

The five schools with the most past students in prisons are Kingston High, Holy Trinity High, Vauxhall High, Norman Manley High, and Pembroke Hall High – all upgraded high schools.

The only traditional high school on the list is Jamaica College.

The Education Ministry says starting next month, it will undertake a permanent intervention programme throughout the schools to address issues such as dropout rates and students with behaviour problems.


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