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Senator renews call for compulsory national service

Published:Friday | March 28, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Government Senator Navel Clarke has renewed calls for the establishment of a system of compulsory national service to help put at risk youth on the right path.




Senator Clarke said an initiative of the education ministry to have members of the security forces visit schools to impart values and attitudes does not go far enough.



In January, the education ministry announced it would roll out a system-wide intervention programme this year as part of its crime prevention initiative.



It said among other things the Police and Military would be engaged as part of a team to periodically attend the most vulnerable schools in a non-threatening way to befriend students, promote order and reinforce positive behaviour.



However, in his contribution to the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate this morning, Senator Clarke said at-risk youth required a more serious approach.



He says at least two years of service to the military is the best answer.



He says active service will expose the youngsters to the right skills and training to be productive contributors to society.



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