Tanisha Tapper appointed J’can representative for the CSA
The former student of Campion College will work alongside student leaders in the Commonwealth region on the Caribbean and America’s Regional Working Group.
Kingston resident Tanisha Tapper was officially appointed as the Jamaican Representative for the Commonwealth Students Association (CSA) for 2018 to 2020.
The former student of Campion College will work alongside student leaders in the Commonwealth region on the Caribbean and America’s Regional Working Group, a subgroup of the CSA.
The Commonwealth Students’ Association seeks to unify and represent the needs and aspirations of national student councils and other student organizations in the Commonwealth.
The CSA Regional Working Group was created to help the CSA to achieve its main goals in improving the experience of students by forming National Student Organizations (NSOs) in the Commonwealth regions without student representative bodies. This is aimed at ensuring that the voices of students are being heard, listened to and amplified in the region.
Tapper, who is currently studying law at the University of the West Indies, Mona believes the CSA is critical in promoting a more comfortable and secured environment for students.
She said, “As the Jamaican Representative for CSA Caribbean and Americas RWG, I am committed to working alongside my fellow student leaders throughout the Commonwealth region, with the efforts of increasing student representation in policy decisions in education.”
In the Commonwealth region, 51 per cent of the countries have NSOs. Jamaica is the only country in the region with functioning NSOs separately dedicated to secondary and tertiary student councils. The NSOs in Jamaica are: National Secondary Students’ Council (NSSC) and the Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students (JUTS).
An important mandate for the CSA Regional Working Group is lobbying for student representation and involvement in the decision making process in the education system regarding policies affecting the students. A focus for the CSA Regional Working Group is the harmful debt recovery policies and the issue of barring finalizing students from exams for incomplete or non-payment of fees. This is an issue which is commonplace at many of the major universities in Jamaica where the non-payment of fees has resulted in students being barred from sitting final exams.
The emphasis on equitable access to education is an important focus for Vision 2030, where having an education enables individuals to achieve their full potential as human beings and to contribute positively as active members to society. Tuition fees and the indirect costs of education pose a barrier to equitable access to quality education.
Tapper will advocate for improved education policies and she strongly believes that “representation of students in policy making matters.”