National Secondary Students’ Council against political clubs proposal
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
The National Secondary Students’ Council has added its voice to the growing objection to the idea of allowing the establishment of political clubs in high schools.
The People’s National Party Youth Organization, which made the proposal, says the introduction of political clubs will allow high school students to receive an education in politics and democracy.
However, Council President, Sujae Boswell, says the organisation is of the view that political clubs would introduce divisive elements in school and may stir up conflicts.
He says there is already a civics programme in schools which exposes students to information on the structure of government and the role of members of parliament and councilors.
The student council president says the best move would be to strengthen student councils and the role they play in school governance.
According to him, this is an excellent avenue through which to introduce students to the fundamentals of representation and politics.
The National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica and the youth arm of the Jamaica Labour Party, Generation 2000, have also said they are not in support of political clubs in high schools.
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