Opposition Spokesman on Education Ronald Thwaites wants lawmakers to debate what he said is the desirability of teaching Jamaican Standard English as a second language, and recognizing Jamaican Creole as the first.

He gave notice in parliament yesterday (October 16) that, when the House of Representatives next sits, he will move a motion to have the issue debated.

Thwaites, pictured above, said he is pushing for the debate because there is a ‘demonstrable fact that most children are initially familiar only with Jamaican Creole as their native tongue’.

At the end of the impending debate, parliamentarians will vote on the issue.


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By Mills