02 Sep SLIDING JAMAICAN DOLLAR CREATING BACK TO SCHOOL MISERY
SLIDING JAMAICAN DOLLAR CREATING BACK TO SCHOOL MISERY, SAYS JENNIFER EDWARDS
Back to school woes are being heaped on to the shoulders of the Mothers of our nation, as they try to get all in place to send their children back to school, says Jennifer Edwards, President of the PNP Women’s Movement.
Ms. Edwards is citing the continuous slide of the Jamaica dollar, steep rise in inflation and the ever climbing cost in transportation due to the imposition of the gas tax by the government immediately after assuming office, as some of the debilitating factors.
The Jamaican dollar traded at an all time low of 127.57 on August 31 which is a weakening of approximately an 8.0% decline during the last year. Jennifer Edwards said “there are no signs that it will halt its decline and so this is causing a serious and growing challenge for the managers of most households in Jamaica, our women.”
She said, “The official inflation reports are seemingly not in keeping with the reality on the ground and only when these mothers turn up to buy the long list of needs, they are realizing that most of the necessities have moved beyond their reach in just a few months.”
The Women Movement President is also arguing that the renamed Auxiliary School Fee is still a reality and in most instances has been increased, so this too is another blow to the struggling mothers wanting the best for their off springs. The brinkmanship of the government towards the schools obviously did nothing to relieve the burden of parents, as in the end nothing that was promised has been delivered.
Edwards is calling on all Jamaicans not to sit by and watch their economy that they made sacrifices for to rebuild with the PNP, to now go to waste under a seemingly unprepared and incompetent government.
“What is happening with our country within a few month of this new government is unacceptable and not sustainable’” she said in closing.