Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said the unwillingness of Jamaicans to change has resulted in the country developing at a slower pace than others.
Mr. Holness lamented that opportunities have been wasted because Jamaicans have been blinded by the few examples of greatness the country has produced.
He excused it as the nature of society to criticize every suggestion for change.
"We tend to want to tear down everything that is proposed that could potentially be uplifting and we waste a great deal of time, effort and resources trying to find the negative in everything, not realising that in this very swift race of life others are advancing, even those who were behind us, leaving us behind," he bemoaned.
Mr. Holness said countries which have developed within the last 50 years have invested heavily in education, particularly in Math and Science.
He said Jamaica should start by ensuring there is an equitable education system, where every citizen is literate and numerate.
However, he suggested that for greater development to be achieved, more creativity must be inserted into the education system, instead of sending the message to students that "if you don't follow what the book says, you will never pass your exam."
The Prime Minister was speaking Wednesday in Clarendon at the ceremony to rename Spalding High School to the Alphansus Davis High School.
In the meantime, in an apparent response to the petition to recognize Jamaican creole or patios as an official language, Mr. Holness said countries which have developed in the last century, have recognized the importance of educating their society in the English Language as it is as the language of commerce.
"What they put their effort in is ensuring that they can exercise their political independence and their social pride by their GDP, by what wealth they create and how they use that wealth to lift their people out of poverty - because that is the ultimate expression of your economic independence and your social pride," he contended.
It has been argued that making patois an official language would increase foreign currency earnings and reduce discrimination against Jamaicans who speak patois.