Education Minister Ronald Thwaites on Wednesday expressed his displeasure with a comment made by the popular entertainer Gully Bop about fathering his children.
The minister was speaking at the Montego Bay High School for Girls during the Kiwanis International 100th anniversary celebration where 100 youths were recognised for their outstanding volunteer service.
“I don’t want to criticise him too much, because I only heard it second hand. But I gather that recently there was an interview, it must have been on some video or television, of a man called Gully Flop… have I got that right? And when this person, whoever he is, was asked about his children, he said yea, he has plenty children but he only looks after three or so because he makes it a pattern that he only deals with a woman who is working or a woman who has a man who is working,” said Thwaites.
“I want to tell you, that’s what’s keeping Jamaica back, and what’s cranking us in education, is the weakness of the family structure in this country. And you (students) are old enough for me to say to you this evening that the greatest shackle of the slavery that we all went through in different roles, was the destruction of the African family form,” he continued.
“The most important thing that we can ever be in life is not to be Prime Minister or Usain Bolt or Shelly Ann (Fraser) or anybody else, but it is to be a good parent. And you are preparing for that right now by your very involvement in the Kiwanis movement and in the service that you give,” the education minister said.
Source: Jamaica Observer