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Minister Robert Morgan sees great potential for mentorship and apprenticeship

The Hon. Robert Morgan, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information says that while academic scholarships are important, the impact of these scholarships would be greater if mentorship and apprenticeship were added to the equation. He made the remark while delivering the keynote address at the handing over ceremony for two bursaries under the Kenneth Chung Memorial Accounting Scholarship, which was held at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) on December 18.   

“I think that everyone must appreciate that without mentorship and apprenticeship, the challenges that we all quarrel about on our verandas, in our bars and WhatsApp groups will continue, as the young people yearn for people to hold their hands, but we are putting our hands in our pockets, in many cases out of fear of young people,” the Minister said.  

Noting that he is a beneficiary of mentorship in his career as a politician, the Minister said that mentorship and apprenticeship would, for example, help to teach a junior accountant far more than the rudiments of the profession, including how to be a good employee and how to have integrity, while creating linkages and opportunities for networking. 

He urged the Kenneth Chung Memorial Accounting Scholarship awardees to focus on maintaining good GPAs and contemplate how they will work to create opportunities for other students to benefit. “Do not be role players but role models; be innovators not just adopters,” the Minister said.  “Recognize that the investment that is currently being made in you, comes with a burden of expectation to not just exist but to live, contribute and be a positive change,” he concluded. 

In announcing Ms. Leshell Francis and Mr. Orane Wint as the first recipients of the Kenneth Chung Memorial Accounting Scholarship, Dennis Chung, Past President of the ICAJ said that the bursary was established in honour of his late father, in recognition of the value that he placed on education. “As a family we decided that the awardee had to be someone that was doing well in the (MSc) programme and had a financial need, because we want to ensure that when they receive the scholarship, they carry it forward and honour it,” Mr. Chung said.   

The scholarship valued at $250,000 is available to Jamaican students pursing the MSc in Accounting at the Mona School of Business and Management at the University of the West Indies. One scholarship will be awarded each year to a student who has successfully completed the first year of the MSc in Accounting programme and has a financial need.  Mr. Chung noted however that of the seven candidates who were interviewed in this the first year, two deserving students emerged, and the family agreed to award scholarships to both.  

Both recipients expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Chung family and pledged to honour the memory and passion that Kenneth Chung had for accounting, education and excellence.  A graduate of Denbigh High School, Leshell Francis is currently employed as an Accounts Coordinator at Goddard Catering.  He counterpart Orane Wint is an Accountant at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) where he has responsibility for Final Accounts. 

Other speakers at the ceremony included Mr. Sixto Coy, President of the ICAJ, Dr. Indianna Minto-Coy, Academic Director for the MSc Programme at MSBM.  Mr. Dennis Chung was joined by his brother David in presenting the scholarships to the recipients.  

Article from: ICAJ

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