Saturday, 18 July 2015

LEARNING CURVE: PM Portia Simpson-Miller pays tribute to grads of Majesty Gardens education project

AWARD WORTHY: There is absolutely no doubt: the residents living in her South-West St. Andrew constituency are top priority for PM Portia Simpson-Miller, in spite of her mountain of national responsibilities. On Wednesday, July 8, the PM was on hand to congratulate the 77 Majesty Gardens residents who were being presented with certificates of participation and competence during the closing ceremony for the Majesty Gardens Education Development Project at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. In her pep talk to the graduates (including young Christopher Miller, pictured above), PM Simpson-Miller commended them for "making the choice to improve their level of education" and urged them to "never stop improving themselves." The community development project was implemented through a partnership among the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the Citizens Security and Justice Programme, and covered topics ranging from conflict management and career counselling to time and money management and stress management. 

"Everybody wants institutional accreditation, and we don't favour that. The government's policy is that we should be sparing with granting institutional accreditation but promote greater latitude in how the quality-assured programmes are delivered in Wait-a-Bit, Trelawny or St. Thomas, or elsewhere. This probably is presumptuous of me, but looking forward I see three accredited universities in Jamaica and three others related in various ways." Minister of Education Rev. Ronald Thwaites 

"Although it looks like we were seeing a different Asafa at the Trials, we've seen him with this kind of impressive form before. But he's finishing oh so well. There is obviously a change in attitude and a change in his mentality. What's left to see is how he performs when he comes up against tougher opposition later on in the season. Going into Beijing, I think he'll finish in the top three [in the 100 metres]. He stands more than a good chance of medalling." Filmmaker and sports journalist Donald Oliver 

"Education in Jamaica is beyond partisan scrapping. It is so important. We will have our differences of opinion, but I can be pleased that over the time that I have been minister, the relationship between the governing party and the opposition party in respect of education policy and practice has been a healthy one."  Thwaites

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