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Solving Puzzles in Jamaican Patois

 Above: the Jamaican Patois Puzzle Book By the Caribbean Journal staff While almost all Jamaicans speak both English and Patois, the latter is not an official language and is seldom written down. A new effort by the New York-based Jamaica …

Education Minister: Jamaican Students Must Be Fluent in English

 Above: Jamaica Education Minister Ronald Thwaites By the Caribbean Journal staff English is the language of professionalism, science and commerce, and Jamaican students must be fluent in the language, according to Education Minister Ronald Thwaites. “There can be absolutely no …

Op-Ed: Jamaica’s Language Dilemma

 By Richard SmithOp-Ed Contributor Jamaica has in recent times had a vigorous debate on the use of Patois (pronounced Patwa) as its official language, replacing English. This view has been fueled by poor results in CSEC English exams, which has …