Hold parents accountable for student failure, Senate President says

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Friday, June 28, 2013 | 8:35 AM

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — President of the Senate Floyd Morris, says that parents must be held accountable for the poor performance of their children in school.

Morris was delivering the keynote address at the 21st staging of the Montego Co-operative Credit Union Schools’ Academic Championship Quiz, held Wednesday June 26 at the Montego Bay Civic Centre in St James.

According to Senator Morris, parents are not providing the necessary supervision and support of their children’s studies, in order for the country to realise the returns from the billions of dollars invested in education each year, and they should be “brought to book”.

“This year alone, the Government is spending approximately $77 billion, and when you match that with what is being done by private sector companies, I am certain that the figure for education is running well over $100 billion…but, I don’t believe that we are getting the type of returns that we should be getting,” Morris said.

“I believe that the necessary support systems that are supposed to be in place are not there. I am very disappointed with the sort of parental support that is being given to the education of our children. How can a parent have a child at home and that child traverse primary school and high school, graduate from both institutions, but is not able to read and write? It must be poor parental supervision that is contributing to such a situation,” the Senate President insisted.

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