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No more locked gates!

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

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Dear Editor,

The National Secondary Students' Council (NSSC) is urging secondary school administrators islandwide to cease and desist barring students from entering school grounds as a sanction for tardiness or violating the dress code.

It should be noted that the denial of access of students by administrators is a direct breach of a child's right to an education. It is against this background that an appropriate alternative be applied.

Let's set the record straight, the NSSC is by no means condoning non-compliance to school rules. In fact, we are encouraging our peers to be responsible in their daily conduct by making every effort to comply.

Additionally, administrators should examine and apply sanctions on a case-by-case basis. Some students have unavoidable situations that have resulted in them arriving late or being attired less than desirable for school due to their socio-economic reality.

Lest we all forget, every Jamaican child has the right to an education, as the country has enforced this right through the ratification of the UN Convention of the Rights of a Child in addition to the development of the local frameworks such as Education Regulations and the Child Care and Protection Act.

The NSSC hereby appeals to the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information to swiftly address the matter by applying sanctions to schools that breach this right.

The NSSC will be meeting with the relevant stakeholders to provide further recommendations in the coming weeks.

Ree-Anna Robinson

Public Relations Officer

National Secondary Students' Council

nsscja@gmail.com


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