Stern warning issued to principals

first_imgEducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Stern warning issued to principals by: – September 7, 2012 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Chief Education Officer, Stevenson Hyacinth.Principals of primary and secondary schools who were gathered at the Public Service Training Centre on Friday for the launching of a multiplication time tables CD were given an austere warning by an education official.Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Stephenson Hyacinth, gave that warning while deliberating on the ministry’s plan of action for the academic year which commenced island wide on Wednesday.“Fellow principals, let us never forget that a nation’s children are its greatest resource”, therefore a “high premium must be placed on the quality of teaching and learning”.It is with this in mind that the challenged the principals to ensure that they adopt the ministry’s new vision that “every child can succeed”, that they leave with the conviction that every child can succeed and that they implement changes at their schools to ensure that every child succeeds.“If we find that there are persons who don’t buy into that vision then obviously we need to advise them to find another profession”, he said.Hyacinth urged the principals to implement “a strategic process that creates a teaching and learning culture, a stimulating and conducive environment in which students are provided with essential skill sets at the various forms or grade levels”.He warned principals that they should not accept poor teaching quality or lackadaisical attitudes from teachers.“I call on all of you principals to adopt a no excuse attitude for lack of quality, adopt a no excuse attitude to lack of quality. Benchmarks have been set, staff who are under your supervision, must work towards achieving the benchmarks”.He questioned why are there classrooms in the school that are “attractive, stimulating and inviting” while others in the same school are “drab and ugly?” If benchmarks and standards are developed, he emphasized that they must be consistent and adhered to by all teachers.He appealed to the principals to ensure that their teachers are prepared to teach their classes at all times. “There is a basic task that teachers must perform and they must not shirk from their responsibility. Every teacher has a class and as a result, every teacher must prepare. There is no excuse for a teacher to be coming to school without preparation of work that is key; if it happens you are allowing it”.He also highlighted the practice of some teachers who “remain in the staff room or on the corridor instead of going to classes to begin lessons on time” and informed the principals that they must adopt a “zero tolerance policy” to this as it is “robbing students of valuable instructional time”. Hyacinth also reminded the principals that appraisal forms should “be done properly” and that they must “be honest, be truthful, say it as it is”.“The person did not perform in the school year; say so, don’t harbour that person, by harbouring that person you are also exposing yourself. You’re hurting the ministry also because we will continue to reap the fruits that we did not really intend to obtain”. He stated that these attitudes are “hurting the students at our school, it is hurting the country” and called on persons who are not interested in teaching to resign.“Please convey my words to the teachers, if they know they are not interested in teaching or improving the student’s performance, if they are not interested at all; find another profession, don’t continue to waste our student’s time, enough is enough”.In conclusion he advised the principals to “ruffle some feathers…file your reports and observe teacher’s work daily”.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share 32 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img

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