Wednesday 23 October, 2019

Herbert Morrison principal calls for national school ID fund amid ZOSO

A soldier check the ID of a student resident of Mount Salem, St James. Photo via ZOSO Communications.

A soldier check the ID of a student resident of Mount Salem, St James. Photo via ZOSO Communications.

One educator has hinted that calls from the government that students present their school ID cards in the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) may pose a challenge for some children.

 

Principal of Herbert Morrison Technical High Paul Adams said that not all his students would have received ID cards for the start of the new school year and those without would have to wait for up to two weeks to receive them.

 

“We were never designed or prepared for identification cards for activities that comes out of special announcement however we expect that the student’s uniforms will assist in the process until they get their ids,” the principal said of his the ID system at his school.

 

The prime minister has somewhat addressed that concern, directing the members of the security forces to allow students in uniform, access to the community, without the request of an ID card over the next six days.

 

Those students will also be subject to a search.

 

Holness said he has set up a special fund to assist students, within the zone who encounter challenges with school expenses, including the cost of an ID.

 

But for Adams, the ZOSO rules has opened the door for a new discussion regarding general funding for school IDs. 

 

“And in that breath I would not mind if identification are mandated and are taken up through government budget school fees to the institution,” said Adams.

 

 

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