Embrace technology — Dr Nicely
MARTHA BRAE, Trelawny — IMMEDIATE past president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) Dr Mark Nicely has warned that students could be deprived of acquiring knowledge if they are not provided with technological tools.
"I appeal to parents, I say to schools, I say to the mayor, I say to the bank manager, wherever it is that we can, impact technology," said Dr Nicely, who is also the principal of the William Knibb Memorial High School in Trelawny.
"I want to say to us that there is a new form of literacy. Those persons who are considered literate today -- you can read and you can write -- if you don't latch on to technology, if you don't embrace technology, if you are not able to manipulate technology, those who are literate can easily become illiterate."
He was delivering the keynote address at the third annual Trelawny People's Co-operative Bank of Jamaica GSAT Scholarship Awards at the Water Wheel in Martha Brae, Trelawny, recently.
Five students were awarded scholarships during the ceremony.
According to Curtis Barnett, general manager of the People's Co-operative Bank of Jamaica, the recipients who are members of the Trelawny branch were each awarded bursaries of $10,000.
He noted that the People's Co-operative Bank of Jamaica, with branches in every parish, except Kingston, this year, provided bursaries to 65 students overall, five each in 13 parishes.