Students to be Rewarded for Essays on Access to Information
The Access to Information Unit, Office of the Prime Minister, will recognize the winners and other entrants in its National High School Essay Competition at an awards ceremony to take place on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, Ruthven Road in Kingston. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, the Hon. Floyd Green will be the guest speaker at the function.
The competition, which was opened to all high school students across Jamaica, was launched during ‘Right to Know Week’ in September 2016 and closed in January 2017. Entrants were asked to discuss the topic: “The Access to Information Act is playing a significant role in improving accountability and transparency in Jamaica”.
The competition saw entries from students attending a wide cross-section of schools islandwide.
Mrs. Shereika Hemmings-Allison, Senior Legal Officer in the OPM who currently has interim Oversight Responsibility for the Access to Information Unit, noted that the competition is aimed at engaging today’s youth in the discussion surrounding access to information so that they can play a greater role in building transparency and integrity in the society.
The prizes for this year’s competition include a cash award of $50,000 for first place; $30,000 for second place and $20,000 for third place. Each of the top three awardees will receive a trophy.