The University of the West Indies (The UWI) will hold a special convocation On Saturday, September 30, 2017, to confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) on the Portia Lucretia Simpson Miller, ON, former Prime Minister of Jamaica.
The ceremony will take place at the Assembly Hall, The UWI Mona Campus in Jamaica.
The Ministry of Education has released statistics to support claims of a reduction in school violence.
The statistics show suspensions in secondary schools decreasing by over 25% and by over 14% in primary schools.
The Ministry issued the following statement today:
"The number of incidents of school violence and indiscipline are in decline. The Ministry of Education’s records confirm a clear decline in the number of students suspended over recent times.
Thirty-five schools nationwide where students have been exhibiting violent or indisciplined behaviour have been “hot-listed” for action by the Education Ministry.
The schools—mainly secondary institutions—are listed in a report by the ministry which was laid in the Senate yesterday.
The ministry did the report based on the findings and recommendations contained in the first Report of Parliamentary Committee inquiring into the current level of violence among students in schools. Particular focus was paid to physical and cyber-bullying.
Former Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh is criticising the financial cutbacks made in the education sector.
Dr Gopeesingh, who is the Member of Parliament for Caroni East, issued this statement today.
"The Government has again displayed its negligence and lack of commitment to the education sector through sharp and reckless cutbacks in funding for critical measures.
The Opposition has exposed the Government’s drastic reduction in support for vital schools security, the school feeding programme, provision of textbooks and repairs to buildings.