Let's hope the students learn a lesson

Thursday, May 23, 2019

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Dear Editor,

I commend Holy Childhood High School and any other school that is enforcing a rule of not permitting students whose performances have fallen below a stated standard to participate in graduation — a ceremony intended to honour students' achievements.

For too long our society has tolerated mediocrity and indisciplined behaviour. If from their early stages of development our youth are not required to perform and conduct themselves, personally and academically, at a high standard, the development of our country will be further stymied.

The protests of the parents of the students who have demonstrated low academic performance and poor behaviour in terms of punctuality, attendance, decency, and decorum are disappointing. This suggests that they might believe that there are to be no consequences for these actions.

Let's hope that Holy Childhood's school administration will stand their ground and not be swayed by the parents' protests. Let's hope that the parents will take stock and recognise the importance of their role to encourage and require their children to always do their best, act with integrity, and be disciplined in their pursuits.

Let's hope the young people who will miss graduation are able to take this lesson and recognise that it is not too late to make changes so that they can become the productive members of our society that are critical to Jamaica's future.

Jeanette C E Lewis


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