Story by Abka Fitz-Henley and Chevon Campbell

Opposition Spokesperson on Education, Kamina Johnson-Smith, says she’s disappointed that portfolio Minister, Ronald Thwaites, has refused to withdraw his reference to some school children as ‘leggo beast’.

Senator Johnson Smith had called on the Education Minister to apologize for the comment he made while addressing the recent annual conference of the Jamaica Teachers Association.

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In 2011, the then Finance Minister, Audley Shaw, came under huge pressure and was forced to apologize, after chiding then Opposition Leader, Portia Simpson Miller, for her ‘leggo beast’ behaviour.

Senator Johnson Smith says Minister Thwaites should not be held to a lower standard.

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Senator Johnson Smith is recommending that the Government adopt international best practices and use technology to enhance the learning and teaching experience in Jamaica.

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Senator Johnson Smith says it’s encouraging that a few institutions in the country are using the latest technology to improve the service delivery to their students.

She cited the RenWeb programme, a leading Internet-based School Management System used in several jurisdictions overseas.

The programme offers integrated learning, ease-of-use and affordability to users.

The software was developed more than 14 years ago and brings together administrators, parents, students and the classroom with 24-hour access to a full range of educational services.

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