People’s National Party Youth Organization89 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6

Telephone: 978-1337 ext. 224/584-6772


For: Immediate Release

To: All Media Houses






Kingston, March 22, 2017: The People’s National Party’s Youth Organization (PNPYO) is today encouraging all young persons and by extension the entire Jamaica to take a stand against the extortionate and obviously indefensible tax package waged against the people of Jamaica in order to fulfill an ‘ill-thought-out’ campaign promise.


It was our hope, given the many voices of the Jamaican public that have stepped into the space to demand the retraction of what we consider to be a reallocation of taxes, that the now Government would do the honourable thing to renegotiate their efforts and put to the Jamaican people a credible, workable and conscionable budget. We recognize however, from the utterances of the Minister of Finance who so arrogantly stated that there would be no rollback of taxes, that the welfare of the Jamaican society is secondary to that of the pursuit of political mileage of this Jamaica Labour Party led administration. To make matters worse, Prime Minister Andrew Holness in his budget contribution, trivialized the impact of the implementation of 13 Billion dollars in additional taxes even after he described Jamaica as an ‘overtaxed’ nation.


The burden of increased taxation will lay squarely on the backs of the most vulnerable in society and the hard working youth of Jamaica struggling to purchase their first homes, repaying student and car loans, travelling on public transportation to and from school and work – making an honest living. The increase in taxes on gas will directly affect the prices of public and private transportation, electricity and production therefore forcing the people to sacrifice more for the sake of selfish governance. Our young and working class will face higher premiums to secure for themselves access to affordable health care from an inefficient and somewhat ‘toxic’ health system. It is incredibly ironic that the Prime Minister claiming to be in pursuit of a healthy nation would tax health insurance not only threatening the livelihood of businesses but also the accessibility of healthcare by the most vulnerable in society. It is obvious that the welfare of this nation is far removed from the minds of this administration.


It is with this in mind that the PNPYO stands in support of the ‘walk out’ of the Parliamentary Opposition and is appealing to the moral of the Jamaica Labour Party Government. We ask that you do what is right, sustainable and equitable by considering for the first time the people of Jamaica.  


If however, the Government fails to do what is in the best interest of the people, we the PNPYO will stand firmly in protest against the depraved execution of impractical campaign promises in the name of ‘ARTIFICIAL PROSPERITY.’
Let us not create a hopeless Jamaica!



Ms. Connoly M Black

Peoples National Party Youth Org. 




Kingston, March 21, 2017: The People’s National Party Youth Organization (PNPYO) is calling on Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid to give full clarity on the current state of funding to the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB). This comes in light of several discussions, that there is a shortfall in the subvention provided to the Bureau in the 2017/2018 budget in comparison to that provided in 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 respectively. The organization is therefore calling on the government to provide immediate clarification as to why the grant was discontinued and the amount of students that will be affected by its removal. There is a wave of panic in the tertiary education sector as students who once benefited from the $250 million and $100 million dollar grant for the STEM programme will no longer have access to this funding.

In November 2016, $800 million was spent on an unsatisfactory de-bushing programme and presently over $360 million is again being allocated for the furtherance of an already unsuccessful programme. We are therefore urging the government to be more guided in it’s spending and CAREFULLY identify its priorities.

Providing more access to tertiary funding will allow the students of Jamaica the ability to realise their dreams of becoming hardworking members of society. When funding is reduced without recourse it therefore means that less Jamaicans will have the ability to access the education necessary to become graduates and future experts of their fields of study.

It is imperative that the Education Minister develops and implement a comprehensive plan to make the SLB a viable entity in order for the Bureau to fulfill its mandate of providing funding to the tertiary education sector. This obviously does not entail lessening its financial contributions.

We use this opportunity to commend the government on taking the first steps in reducing the interest rates for select areas for SLB borrowers, however, we ask that the following solutions be put in place to:

  1. Reduce the interest rates on SLB loans to all borrowers not just the selected groups; and
  2. Create an education trust fund using the monies collected through the Education Tax. The monies collected would be used to target the development in the education sector and provide a sustained channel of funds to the SLB

The PNPYO is calling on the Education Minister not to remain silent on this salient and pressing matter.





Ms. Connoly Black

PNPYO President (Acting)