Teachers are the salt of the society

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Teachers are the salt of the society

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

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Dear Editor,

I wish to pay tribute to all the teachers in Jamaica, particularly those at Alston High, where I work, and Manchester High, where my two children attend school.

Greek philosopher Plato once said: “Education is the foundation of a nation and a nation will prosper to the degree that it honours its teachers.”

Education is a critical ingredient towards a country's social, economic, and moral development, and our teachers play a central role in preparing individuals for all sectors of the economy. Therefore, the need arises to honour and highlight the work and worth of our teachers as posited by Plato centuries ago.

Research has also proven that when we show gratitude towards others it improves their mental wellness and psychological well-being. As a teacher myself, I know very well that teaching in Jamaica is a very stressful and difficult task. Hence, when it is time to celebrate our teachers no one should act with reticence. I expect social media and all forms of media to heap praises on our teachers this Teachers' Day.

If there are people who are dissatisfied with the performance of our teachers I would humbly implore them to volunteer their skills and character.

Today, as we celebrate Teachers' Day, I salute all teachers, past and present, for their outstanding role in nation-building.

As teachers we are the salt of the society, let us continue to inspire and change lives as we fulfil our mandate to build and maintain a respectful, decent, quality, educated, and just society.

Andre Wellington

Christiana PO



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