There was a brief family squabble at the Allman Town Infant School after two brothers and their sister went to cast their votes this morning. According to onlookers, one brother and a sister are PNP supporters, while the other brother supports the Jamaica Labour Party. It was not clear what started the altercation, but the female and the JLP supporting brother were engaged in a quarrel as they left the polling station. “The two brothers and sister they are family but one of them want to stop the progress but him sister tell him seh dat caan happen,” said one onlooker. The two argued viciously with each other as police officers there looked on unmoved. The argument, which quickly dissipated, drew the attention of voters at the infant school and those at the neighbouring St Matthew’s Anglican Church
Students of Charity Secondary School on Friday during the marchIn observance of World Day against Child Labour, which was held on Wednesday last, scores of students from the Charity Secondary School participated in the Social Protection Ministry’s walk on Friday.Those who participated in the walk were very vocal as they sent a strong message, chanting “Stop Child Labour” especially to the businessmen in the Charity commercial area.Speaking at the event, Regional Labour Officer, Jason Narine stated that child labour is more evident in the Charity commercial area than any other part of the region. As such, he related that through his Ministry, target will be placed on those who employ underaged children since it is illegal and punishable by law.On this note, he added that based on statistics, child labour is most prevalent in the Charity area and with the assistance of the Social Protection Ministry, it is the hope that it will stop.“We want to have these children back in school so that they can qualify themselves and become better adults”, Narine stated.Hundreds of students from the Charity Secondary School marched under the banner “Children Shouldn’t Work in Fields but on Dreams”.Narine added that he is pleased with the exercise and hopes that a strong message is sent to those businesses that might be guilty of child labour.