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PM: Stand up against criminals who damage schools

Thursday, May 08, 2014    

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PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller has called on Jamaicans to take a firm stand against criminals in the society who invade and cause damage to schools, especially at a time when students are sitting examinations.

In a speech delivered on her behalf by Labour Minister Derrick Kellier at yesterday's function to launch Workers Week and Labour Day 2014 at Jamaica House, the prime minister made reference to the incident at Tacky High School in St Mary, which was torched by arsonists Monday. She said the education minister and his team were doing everything to restore normality at the institution and that every effort would be made to bring the perpetrators to justice.

In reiterating Government's commitment to tackling crime at all levels, the prime minister called on Jamaicans to make a commitment to help in tackling crime.

Prime Minister Simpson Miller said it was for this reason she was pleased that Labour Day 2014 projects across the island will focus on repairs and renovation of police stations, as the Government continues to increase its efforts toward creating a safe and secure Jamaica.

"Labour Day 2014 will give us an opportunity not only to recognise the important work of our security forces, but also for communities to extend their hand in partnership with them... towards a better Jamaica," she said.

Labour Day 2014, a collaborative effort by the ministries of labour, local government, and youth and culture will be observed on Friday, May 23, under the theme "Take A Stand — Beautify Our Land".

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