Letter of the Day | It is serious times, wake up!

Entornointeligente.com / THE EDITOR, Madam:

Jamaica is in serious times. We are currently fighting crime and the monster called COVID-19.

Some of our children are being left behind. The education ministry said that more than 120,000 students across Jamaica have been absent from classes in the last year, as teaching becomes accessible primarily online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our senior citizens are dying. In 2020, Ministry of Health and Wellness data showed that the coronavirus death rate was 28.6 per cent for persons aged 80-90; 26 per cent for the cohort between 70 and 79; and 12 per cent in the 60-69 age group.

Today, younger persons are also dying, but regarding the elderly and the children, there will now be a void in Jamaica’s future, as over 120,000 children will no longer know or have an appreciation for our culture because only few of our homes will have grandparents. Our grandparents were the unofficial ‘civics’ class. What does this mean for crime and violence in Jamaica?

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