The ceremony featured a number of presentations from the various primary schools in the constituency and these presentations included dancing, singing and poetry.
Dr. Timothy Harris during the featured address at the ceremony said that the role of the teachers is very important in the development of youth here in St. Kitts.
The area Parliamentary Representative told the audience, which included students, teachers and parents, that school time for students can be the most enriching experience of their lives and should be a special time for them.
Minister Harris went on to say that “education is not just for learning but at the end of the learning process, each student should be able to adapt to the challenges of life,” which he said, most times is the temptation to do wrong.
Dr. Harris also stated that for the youths to grow and have a positive impact on society they must have to be shown the right example from their teachers and their parents. He pleaded to the parents to show interest in their child’s performance and he said, “If your son or daughter comes home with all xs (wrong answers) in their book don’t ignore it but come to the school and speak to the teacher and try and help.”
Harris also pleaded to teachers that their role shouldn’t be just to teach in the classroom but to be leaders in the community, because teachers he stated, are “like the weather, they are special.”
Twenty-Four students then received their financial award from Dr. Harris. Six students from the four schools in the constituency received the financial gift totaling $12,000.