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Majority Rule Day to be observed in schools

Speaking at a press conference January 7 regarding the 46th Anniversary of Majority Rule, Prime Minister Perry Christie said that schools will mark the event with a special assembly and the government will debate whether the historic landmark event should be a national holiday. Pictured: Prime Minister Perry Christie (centre) attended a press conference January 7, where plans were announced for a special assembly at all public schools. Also present at left: Veteran broadcaster Charles Carter; and at right, Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Prime Minister Perry Christie has said that Majority Rule is arguably the most important event in the country’s history, with the exception of the Abolition of Slavery and Independence.

Speaking at a press conference regarding the 46th Anniversary of Majority Rule at his West Bay Street Office, January 7, Prime Minister Christie said it is time for the decision to be made as to whether or not to make Majority Rule a public holiday.

“This is the 40th anniversary [of Independence] and this will be the time for the decision to be made with respect to putting in its rightful place that date and that event and the ensuing experience of our Commonwealth.”

The Prime Minister added that the 40th anniversary committee and the government would also give full consideration to implementing a Bahamian National Honours System.

He also announced that Jack Thompson, former director of immigration, has been reassigned to the Cabinet Office, with particular directions to assume the chief administrative position in the secretariat for the 40th Anniversary. William Pratt will act as director of immigration.

Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald, veteran broadcaster Charles Carter and Thompson were in attendance at the press conference.

Minister Fitzgerald said that as the country celebrates its 40th Anniversary, all 173 public schools will observe on the anniversary of Majority Rule Day, January 10, a special morning assembly.

“We will emphasize the importance of this date and pay tribute to the courageous men and women who sacrificed much for the benefits we enjoy today,” the Education Minister said.

The recognition of the historical day will become a permanent event on the education calendar marked by a special assembly, he added.

“It is imperative that our students know the history of their freedom. They must know of such events as the Burma Road Riot, the General Strike, the Women Suffrage Movement, Black Tuesday and the organization of the Labour Movement,” Minister Fitzgerald said.

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