Queen's sixth former wins essay competition

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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JOELLE Morgan is winner of the Real Estate Board's inaugural national high school essay competition.

Morgan, a sixth form student of The Queen's School, walked away with $30,000 in cash prize and a trophy.

“I am very elated that I won the competition. It was my teacher who encouraged me to enter. Before, I didn't know about the role of the Real Estate Board, so participating in the competition has been enlightening. I now have a greater appreciation of the Real Estate Board,” Morgan said.

The competition saw high school participants writing on the topic, 'Regulation in the real estate industry is key to ensuring a high standard of service delivery and ethical conduct; it is not intended to increase bureaucracy'.

CEO of the Real Estate Board (REB), Sandra Garrick, in congratulating the essay winner, urged other government agencies to engage youth through similar activities.

“What we've observed while being the regulators of real estate in Jamaica is that citizens are not knowledgeable about real estate and how it impacts their lives,” Garrick said.

She explained that the competition was a means of sensitising the public, while targeting the youth.

“We can't just target adults. The younger generation is whom we'll pass the baton to, so it is very important that we form relationships,” Garrick said.

She noted that as the REB merges with the Commission of Strata Corporations, more public education activities will be staged as the agency's function broadens.

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