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G2K disagrees with PNPYO stance on political clubs

G2K | 2014-02-04 00:00:00

Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), today disagreed with the stance for the PNP YO for political clubs to be  introduced into high school.

“While we strongly believe that young people should be introduced to proper principles of Governance and democracy , we are however wary of wanting to introduce minors to political clubs especially in our current tribal system of politics. What is needed is a strong civics programme where students are made to understand the concept of citizenship and the rights and responsibilities that are embodied in that concept and how that interacts with the political process” said Floyd Green President of Generation 2000.

“We must recognise that high schools students are already exposed to the concepts of representation and politics through participation in their clubs and societies and especially through  student councils, which in fact should be strengthened so that the voice of the student representative can truly effect change throughout secondary schools” added Matthew Samuda, G2K Vice President

The organisation noted that the PNPYO call came after the organisation had students at a prominent high school use the Public Announcement system to encourage children to join the PNPYO group at the school.

“That was not a push to form a non aligned political club, it was an attempt to indoctrinate young impressionable minds in the thinking of a political party.  We cannot deny that this may open up our children to unnecessary victimisation and presents issues of undue influence, issues which our students can  very well do without” added Green.

G2K urged the PNPYO to focus its attention on tertiary institutions, a lot of whom do not allow political clubs to register or for their students, the majority of who are adults, to claim co-curricular credits for participating in activities of political clubs. The organisation called upon Tertiary institutions to end the practice and to allow political clubs to access all the amenities provided to all other service organisations.

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