Protection Of The Youth

AuthorDerence A. Rolle Davis
Derence Rolle Davis
The course of Bahamian history was changed by the votes of the newly
empowered youth in 2007. The government in its legislative agenda addressed
the needs of the youth by enacting legislation to protect their rights and interests,
as well as those of the disabled.
During this year, the Ministry of Education announced that students in
public and private schools were averaging a D grade. This announcement caused
a great stir in society. The manner in which it was determined in my view, is the
greater concern. The calculation of the grade and the average are issues that are
disputed. Whether the average is a true reflection of both private and public
school students and how it was contrived has caused controversy.
The Legal Effect
The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute Act, 2010 was
implemented for the incorporation of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational
Institute (BTVI), it’s governance, control and administration by a board and for
matters incidental thereto, according to the aforementioned Act. The primary
functions of the institute are to provide technical and vocational training to
students by equipping them with the practical, technical and vocational skills to
prepare them for employment, and to foster entrepreneurshipThe youth of the
nation would see a major shot in the arm by the establishment and revamping of
the vocational training for the blue-collar workers. By the organization of the
training institute the country has a new perspective.
BTVI, as it is more commonly known, is the premier place to get hands-on
training and job placement. It is the primary source for blue collar workers and
the trades. This is the life blood of skilled labour force in the building of the
employment bank of The Bahamas in these industries.
The Child Protection Act, 2007 [Ch. 132], which was implemented during
this year provides that in all matters relating to a child the guiding principle is
that the child's welfare shall be the paramount consideration. Parents are
responsible for providing the basic needs of a child. Those needs include food,
water, clothing and shelter. The society also has a responsibility to assist a child
that may be in need that is in instances where the child may need protection and

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