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Green urges parents to save for-their children's tertiary education

Observer West reporter

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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SPRINGFIELD, St James — Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, is urging parents to start saving for their children's tertiary education, while they are in secondary school.

“I tell all of my parents in my St Elizabeth South Western constituency at this level, to start saving for their children's college education. Even if you a put down $1 a day, start saving for their college education,” Green urged.

“You know why? It sends the right signal to the children. If you are saving for their college education, it means that you know sey dem a go college, and if you know it, they know it too and they will believe it.”

He further beseeched parents to make the sacrifice to invest in their children's education, no matter how.

“I want to say to the parents, sometimes I know it is difficult, sometimes I know the sacrifice is really a burden, but make the sacrifice nonetheless. Invest in the education of your children,” Green pleaded.

He was speaking recently at the Springfield Baptist Church in St James during the inaugural Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) Awards held for students in the constituency of St James Southern.

The initiative is the brainchild of Jamaica Labour Party candidate for the constituency, Councillor Homer Davis, who is also the chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation.

Some 66 students were rewarded for their outstanding performance in the 2018 GSAT, and Davis, who is also the mayor of Montego Bay, indicated that the event will be an annual affair.

He pointed out that the scholarship programme is an investment in Jamaica's education, adding that the awardees were not selected on a political basis.

“This education programme, which caters to the top GSAT students from all 16 primary schools in the constituency, is executed with no political bias and no regard to race, colour or creed. Education is not about your political beliefs, it is not about where or how you worship. This is about giving our students a chance to excel, to attain a good high school education and to become productive Jamaicans,” Davis argued.

“This programme is built on transparency, openness, fairness and with only one aim and that is giving our children from South St James a start, as they head into high school come September. The only thing that was checked on the awardees was their GSAT scores,” Davis stressed.

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