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No to 'political clubs' in schools, say high school parents

Published:Tuesday | February 4, 2014 | 2:01 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Parents of Jamaica’s high school students say they are not in support, at this time, of political clubs being introduced in those institutions.

This position from the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica is also shared by Generation 2000 (G2K), the youth arm of the Jamaica Labour Party that political clubs at the secondary level is not necessary now.

The People’s National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) made the suggestion for political clubs in high schools to serve what it calls a need for high school students to receive an education in politics and democracy.

President of the National Parent-Teacher Association, Everton Hannam, says whatever the objectives of political clubs, the same ones can be achieved through clubs already existing within the high school system.

He says based on Jamaica’s tribal nature and level of political immaturity, such clubs could lead to continuing political divisions among the vulnerable young population.

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

G2K and the parent teacher association agree that what is needed is a strong civics programme where students are made to understand the concept of citizenship and the political process.


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