Parents Urged to Send Children to School

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Commanding Officer in charge of the St. James Police, Superintendent Steve McGregor, has warned parents and guardians that they could be arrested for keeping their children out of school.Superintendent McGregor, who was addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS)/Goodwill Past Students Association community forum at the Goodwill All-age School in St. James recently, said that the practice of keeping children at home to work on farms or perform chores was against the law.“In rural communities like Goodwill, there are a lot of children here who the parents are not sending to school. It happens in most of these far rural districts where you keep the children at home and allow them to do all kinds of work and not attend school. You are going to be arrested, because all children must go to school. It is an offence not to send your children to school,” he stated.He noted that the inability to find money for lunch, bus or taxi fares should not be used as an excuse to keep children at home, and warned that neighbours could also be arrested for not reporting cases of children not going to school.“Please send your children out to school, even if you cannot find the money. Help will come. I tell you something else too, if you have a neighbour who knows that you are not sending this child to school and when we come we can prove that the neighbour knew that you have the child or children and have not been sending them to school, we can arrest that neighbour too. It is therefore your business as the next door neighbour, if you discover that this unlawful practice has been in progress, you need to call the police, the principal or the pastor and report this,” Superintendent McGregor told the gathering.Turning to the crime situation in the parish, Superintendent McGregor noted that domestic murders were on the increase and that citizens could play a more critical role in helping to address this problem.“We have recorded some 127 murders so far in St. James. Of that number, 47 have been domestic murders. This situation involves disputes among family members, where sister and brother or wife and husband have disputes over land or their relationship, and eventually end up killing each other. I want you, as neighbours, … if you hear regular quarreling or observe fights, tell the pastor or somebody else of note, so that something could be done to avoid another murder. Disputes will happen, but these can be dealt with before they get out of hand. Be more caring as neighbours, be more observant, be your brother’s keeper,” he encouraged.Other presentations in the forum were made by Education Officer, Yerma Haughton, and Public Health Inspector, Devon Dixon. RelatedParents Urged to Send Children to School RelatedParents Urged to Send Children to School RelatedParents Urged to Send Children to Schoolcenter_img Parents Urged to Send Children to School UncategorizedAugust 14, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

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