Senior Technical Director in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Marlon Morgan (left), and Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Robert Miller (second left), enjoy a good laugh with Guidance Counsellor at the Enid Bennett High School, Sheldon Huntley (right), at the school’s Boys’ Day on October 30. Also sharing the moment (from third left) are Orlando Sterling, a student at the school; Cecil Donald, teacher; and Dervan Malcolm, broadcaster.
The Enid Bennett High School in St. Catherine has embarked on a series of motivational initiatives to help its boys lift their academic performance.
On Tuesday (October 30), the institution celebrated Boys’ Day, with several presenters taking the students through sessions looking at growing from boys to men, and making education a priority.
Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Robert Miller, encouraged the students to always aspire to be high achievers. “Let us not lose our place in society,” he said. He pointed to the unhealthy habit of young men wearing their pants very tight, and implored them to make themselves ready for the job market, or to set up their own businesses.
Mr. Miller said all the students should assert that they are at school to “obtain my education”.
Student, Orlando Sterling, who was recently recognized by the school for discipline, said he had idled with his schoolwork, and when he had to repeat grade 8, “it was the wake-up call that I needed to set my priorities straight”.
He noted that he changed his attitude towards school, and last semester he collected four awards and two certificates. “At the end of fifth form, I was able to pass eight subjects,” he said.
The school has instituted an initiative called Triple B (The Bennett Boys’ Big-Up), where students are recognized for exemplary conduct.
By: Franklin McKnight