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Send Ruel Reid to science and technology

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I humbly ask that the prime minister sends Senator Ruel Reid, minister of education, youth and information, to the Ministry of Science and Technology.

I believe the education sector is in shambles. After two years Reid has made no real impact on improving education in Jamaica. He profiles a great deal, but does very little else. Reid is living off of the work done by predecessors Ronald Thwaites and Andrew Holness.

Education is the biggest and most important ministry in this country; it has the biggest budget, yet 70 per cent of the youth are unskilled. What is going on at HEART Trust/NTA and National Youth Service? Why are so many young people all over the country just walking aimlessly about? Many of them have four and five subjects, some even at the advanced level.

The resources being pumped into education seem to be going into big salaries. The youth are crying out for help. We are not feeling the impact of the ministry. Help, please, Prime Minister, help!

It seems Reid is too busy trying to win a parliamentary seat than to manage the Ministry of Education.

How can it be that after so many billions are pumped into education only 25 per cent of the students who graduated last year passed five subjects or more, including mathematics and English?

Reid wants us to believe that the new Primary Exit Profile (PEP) is a magic pill that will solve all problems. The real problem is the apartheid education system that we have. If when you leave primary school you do not get into one of the traditional high schools your chances of gaining academic success are diminished significantly. Why is Reid not addressing all these issues?

Who is the information minister? Ask any man in the street and they will tell you they don't know.

I believe it was this same profiling and public relations over substance that got Dr Andrew Wheatley being accused for poor oversight.

Maybe the prime minister may want to send Ruel Reid from the education portfolio to science and technology. Maybe he can do something worthwhile there — if even public relations.

Peter Mighty


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