Poll: Spanish should be Jamaica’s official language

Jamaica Observer:- KINGSTON, Jamaica — Sixty-three per cent of the 2,043 respondents to the OBSERVER ONLINE poll: Should Jamaica adopt Spanish as its official second language said yes.

Speaking in the House of Representatives recently, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said a commitment between himself and Cuban President Raul Castro was made during his recent visit to the Spanish-speaking island. The commitment included the exploration of initiatives for the provision of increased language training on both sides.

But, Holness went a little further in his presentation to Parliament.

“Jamaica will have to take the bold step to make Spanish our second language and making it compulsory in schools,” the prime minister said.


  1. Anonymous
    June 16, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Your headline, “Poll: Spanish should be Jamaica’s official language” is misleading. Someone could have read that headline and go away thinking that the people of Jamaica want Spanish to supersede English as the official language of the island. I take it that it was an oversight on your part as you try to make your headline make an impact. I also take it that you knew that the poll was really about asking persons whether or not, from a formal standpoint–i.e., with Governmental backing, etc., Spanish should be taken up and viewed as a formal second language of Jamaica. Most of the people who participated in the poll effectively said, ‘Yes, from a formal standpoint, Spanish should be Jamaica’s second language. Your headline should have read, ‘Poll: Most Jamaicans Favor Spanish as an Official Second Language’.

    1. aLucian
      June 16, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      “I take it that it was an oversight on your part …” – Nope, they do that click-bait nonsense frequently.

  2. Anonymous
    July 21, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    French should be adopted as a third language. I think that being proficient in English, Spanish and French will give us great opportunities in the regional, African and European market for employment.