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Tuesday, January 17, 2006 

Ministry to launch National Parent Teachers' Association
BY DALTON LAING Observer correspondent
Monday, January 16, 2006

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland - The Ministry of Education Youth and Culture will be launching a National Parent Teachers' Association as part of a collaborative effort to reform the educational system.

The announcement was made by Senator Noel Monteith, state minister in the education ministry, at an awards function of the Westmoreland Cooperative Credit Union in Savanna-la-Mar last Monday.

"We will soon be launching a National Parent Teachers' Association... here a diverse range of incentive schemes can be offered at a discretionary rate depending on the parents' ability to pay," said Senator Monteith. He said that the idea could also be linked to the schools' savings programmes and could seek to promote a culture of inter-generational fiscal discipline.

Such an association, Senator Montieth said, would be in keeping with the ministry's transformation process in education where stakeholders would play an integral role in monitoring and sustaining the system.

He said the success of the transformation and reform would be dependent on three factors:

- forming partnerships with teachers and other stakeholders;
- strengthening accountability; and
- combating corruption.

The Westmoreland Cooperative Credit Union was celebrating 21 years of investment in education at which students were awarded bursaries, scholarships and prizes for educational competitions that it staged last year.Among the winners was Manning's School that topped the debating competition and went on to win the National Credit Union competition.

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