No love for Jamaican Patois? Petition fails to get support

A petition that was launched to make Jamaican Patois an official language has failed to garner the necessary support.

Although the Jamaican Patois is popular, the petition only received 5,000 votes.

The petition needed 15,000 votes by December 10, but barely managed to get 5,000 votes, a third of the amount needed to push the Office of the Prime Minister to act on the matter.

On November 19, BUZZ reported that the petition was losing steam, only getting 20 per cent of the votes needed after being launched on November 1.

The petition was launched as part of celebrations commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birthday of cultural icon Louise Bennett-Coverley, affectionately known as ‘Miss Lou’, who did a lot to make the dialect known worldwide.