Monday 6 July, 2020

High school alumni group head urges responsible student behaviour

File photo of Green Island High School students and a bus operator in the Hanover town back in March 2018 just before a major fracas occurred, which resulted in charges being laid by the police against a number of the students.

File photo of Green Island High School students and a bus operator in the Hanover town back in March 2018 just before a major fracas occurred, which resulted in charges being laid by the police against a number of the students.

Interim President of Jamaica Alumni Association of High Schools (JAAHS), Carla Myrie, is urging secondary school students across to make use of the available resources to counter behavioural issues they may have, before situations get out of control.

The encouragement came in light of numerous recent reports of students being disrespectful to teachers and/or their peers, including reported attacks on a dean of discipline and even a school principal.

Of immediate note was the reported attack on the dean of discipline at Oracabessa High School in St Mary on February 19, 2020.

“We find it very unfortunate that a student would get to the point of thinking that it is okay to attack a teacher,” said Myrie in a statement.

She said the recent situation speaks to the significant moral decline in the society generally.

“We encourage students to seek help. The myriad of issues faced by young people in today’s society can have a severe impact on their emotional state. However, there are a number of avenues through which help is available. In addition to guidance counsellors and students’ council representatives, the alumni associations across the island have various programmes for mentorship that are available free of cost to students.

“Your secondary education is a critical milestone in your development, and such behaviour will only serve to stymie your opportunities for a successful future. Seek professional help before it gets too late” stated Myrie.

The Jamaica Alumni Association of High Schools was formed in October 2017. Its membership includes secondary school alumni/past students’ associations across the island.

Central among JAAHS’ objectives is that of advocating on issues of national importance that impact secondary schools in Jamaica.

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