Prefects Association Urges Members To Take Advantage Of Opportunities

  • Dec 04, 2018

Monday, October 22, will live in the minds of prefects who attended the relaunch of the Jamaica Prefects' Association (JPA). This historic event took place in the Douglas Orane Auditorium at Wolmer's Boys' School.

The audience reflected a significantly wide cross section of schools islandwide, with more than 250 students from 52 high schools attending.

According to students in attendance, a highlight of the relaunch was the rich interactions that took place. Mecylia Barnett, head girl of Ascot High School, expressed the view that "the relaunch was great. I liked it personally. It was very informative and successful. I like the fact that it brought our young people together as student leaders and led us to an understanding of different ideas from different persons. I learnt a lot."

The JPA is the representative body of prefects of secondary schools, whose mission is to coordinate prefects islandwide and develop effective student leadership, while fostering the comprehensive development of the Jamaican student population.

This association succeeded the National Head Prefects' Association of Jamaica, which was birthed from the Peace for Champs Campaign in 2008. This initiative was spearheaded by the then Jamaica College School captain, Carlos Gordon. It subsequently morphed into the JPA in April 2009 after then Education Minister Andrew Holness endorsed the initiative.

This need for greater coordination was echoed at the relaunch by the former deputy head boy of Calabar, Garvin Grandison, and former Wolmer's head boy David Kerr, who served as the then treasurer and general secretary, respectively.

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