Kingston Gleaner in Kingston, Kingston
13 Dec 2012

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13 Dec 2012

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Kingston Gleaner (Newspaper) - December 13, 2012, Kingston, Kingstonil!!21ï»! F RH FR TN rPPriTRT! TT » C*. I l L* Cw I * JL I 1    %«** I I Lw L* «Im D «im Lm «Im I V-VÎ H%0t0b VOLUME 178 NO. 297 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012 KINGSTON, JAMAICA 56 PAGES INCLUDING GCT $50‘You have failed us’ r ”VlNGS OF»15% OFF CMOTT «JKCHASBSINGE 20 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS Students blame church, media for social decadence MAYBE RR'. i Call our nattm tor mote àppüm U> iliaques only , , .. .... » o»» IM« f    ut.    r Anastasia Cunningham News Coordinator James Golding (left), commandant, Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF), salutes as members of the ISCF march past in a parade during their annual Commandant's Parade and Special Constabulary of the Year Awards at Harman Barracks on Wednesday. Inset: Special Corporal Jason Rodrigues poses with his trophy after he was named the ISCF’s Top Cop. CITING THE failure of the Government, media, parenting, the Church, culture - and society in general -for the growing rate of teenage sex. the students of Ardenne High School are of the view that whether the age of consent in Jamaica is raised is irrelevant. During yesterday's Gleaner-Island Grill Youth Editors' Forum at the school's St Andrew campus, upper-school students debated the issue of whether the age of consent should be lowered, kept where it is, or increased, and what can be done to make Jamaican students grow into more responsible adults. As far as the teenagers were concerned, the growth of teenage pregnancy, promiscuity among teens, and overall decadence were a direct result of the state failing to act. They also said the Church has been mmm TRANSFORMING UVES POSITIVELY... toLyjt&Uby a hi' (Gleaner tetemd'Crtf! guilty of turning a blind eye to many of these ills, and media have been failing to highlight the positives, and that individuals neglect to accept personal responsibility for their actions. Under Jamaican laws, a person is legally recognised as an adult when they turn 18 years, which also allow > them voting rights However„at age 16, they are considered to be legally competent to consent to sexual acts. According to recent statistics PLEASE SEE FAILED A2 in mmi 5r.\U*fc i M Look outfor great savings! It’s CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY... DOWNTOWN COMES ALIVE DECEMBER 13-15. SOMETHING EXTRA A5AGROGLEANER A6EDITORIAL A8OPINION A9BUSINESS A10SPORTS B1DRINKABILITY FEATURE B4ENTERTAINMENT C1MOVIES C1COMICS C3HOROSCOPE C4FAIRVIEW FEATURE D1CLASSIFIEDS D6MEMORIAM D7FOOD E1 Lost in translationTeachers funded hy state to study Spanish to teach in primary schools struggle to find jobs Nadisha Hunter Staff Reporter MORE THAN 150 teacher who were trained to teach Spanish in primary schools are struggling to find employment as the Ministry of Education had failed to deliver on its promise to offer the subject at that level. The training of the teachers to teach Spanish was funded through scholarships offered by the Ministry of Education. The teachers were trained on the basis that they would serve for three years on bond in the public system, but five years after the scholarship started, the subject is yet to be included in the curriculum. Of the 231 persons trained under the programme, only 76 of them have secured employment. But these persons are not specialising in Spanish. “That, for me, is another misuse of funds,” president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), Clayton Hall, told The Gleaner. “Where we are located geographically, we are surrounded by millions of Spanish speakers and we continue to be in a monolinguistical frame of mind.” “We must now expose our children to a foreign language and it must be mandatory,1 Hall said. WmHk THWAITES , : HOLNESS NOT GIVING UP The JTA president said his association would continue to lobby for the inclusion of Spanish as a curriculum item for primary schools. “The situation highlights two significant problems. The first one is that we have trained these teachers, and after training them, we have not put policy in place to make use of the investment that we have put in the human capital," he said. “Second, we have not facilitated the exposure of our children at the primary level to a second language and this must be addressed." he added. Education Minister Ronald Thwaites told The (»leaner that the ministry is working to place the teachers in different programmes. “Unfortunately, no positions were created in the primary schools to accommodate these teachers since that time. However, the ministry has been trying to place these teachers as vacancies become available,” Thwaites said. He added: "Over 50 of these teachers are employed in schools at the primary level but not in designated Spanish positions. They would, however, be able to utilise the training and infuse this in their general lessons.” He further stated that six of these teachers have been placed in designated Spanish positions since September and 20 have been placed in volunteer Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme projects since October. SEARCHING FOR ALTERNATIVES Thwaites said efforts to find suitable positions for the others would continue, but he was unable to give a timeline for their employment. Thwaites did not say why the Spanish programme was not implemented at the primary-school level Andrew Holness, under whose watch as education minister the programme started, said he is disappointed it appears to have hit a wall. “Jamaica’s economic future lies in broadening its trade orders with Latin America and that requires that we have an adequate supply of persons who are articulate in Spanish, if not minimally conversant,” he said. “Trade is built on top of cultural and social links as well as economic interest. To promote cultural and social link, we must be able, as a nation, to surmount the language barrier," Holness said. Our offices are located at: Mayberry Investments Ltd. 1 Vs Oxford Road, Kingston 5, Jamaica. Website: Contact Us by Email: Sales inquiries salesC®! Contact Us by Phone: General and Sales inquiries (876) 929 1908 Fax:(876)929-1501 -9

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