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No political clubs in high schools, says G2K

Published:Tuesday | February 4, 2014 | 9:10 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The youth arm of the Jamaica Labour Party has shot down a suggestion by the People’s national Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) for political Clubs to be officially introduced in high schools.




The suggestion by the PNPYO follows reports last week of an announcement for a PNPYO meeting at a St Catherine high school.



In a release yesterday, the PNPYO said there was need for high school students to receive an education in politics and democracy.



It suggested that until that is introduced political clubs or societies should be established in schools with members from grade 10 and upwards.



However, the Generation 2000 or G2K has rejected the idea.



G2K president Floyd Green says his group is wary of introducing minors to political clubs especially in Jamaica’s current tribal system of politics.



Green also notes that high schools students are already exposed to the concepts of representation and politics through participation in their clubs and societies and especially through student councils.



He says what is needed is a strong civics programme where students are made to understand the concept of citizenship and the political process.



The G2K president says a call for political clubs in tertiary institutions would be more appropriate.



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