THE EDUCATION MINISTER’S ARROGANCE – Thwaites should take a methodical and consultative approach to Education policy as former Ministers of Education have done.

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Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert

 

Opposition Spokesperson for Education and Human Resource Development, Mrs. Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert today expressed serious concern about the arrogant manner in which the Minister of Education, Ronald Thwaites approaches Education policy. Her comments comes on the heels of a recent call by Mr. Thwaites for increasing the contact time between Teachers and students by raising the number of days in the school year from its present 190. Mr. Thwaites in arguing his case criticized the “generous period of leave” for teachers.

 

Mrs. Dalrymple-Philibert called on Mr. Thwaites to fully research the pros and cons of Education policy proposals and consult with education stakeholders including teachers who form part of the nation’s backbone before making grand announcements. She said that whilst Mr. Thwaites position has its merits he is putting the proverbial cart before the horse as there many issues that must be addressed before serious consideration can be given to piling on additional days unto the school year.

 

These include:

 

  1. Abolishing the school shift system, which shortchanges thousands of students  
  2. Building more schools and classrooms to in order to reduce the high pupil to teacher ratio
  3. More targeted approaches to reducing poverty echoing the calls of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness at the recent Jamaica 50 special sitting of the House. She pointed to the need for an improved PATH program, especially in light of the fact that some half of Jamaica’s school children are from poor households, and;
  4. Fast tracking the National Parenting Support Commission Act in part as a mean of improving parenting skills

 

Mrs. Dalrymple-Philibert reminded Mr. Thwaites to take a methodical and consultative approach to Education policy as former Ministers of Education have done.

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  1. Enos Anderson

    I fully appreciate the four points raised by Mrs. Dalrymple-Philbert but these can be pursued alongside Mr Thwaits’ call for an extension in the number of school days. I find that too many days away from school does more harm to students than good, especially the slower ones who do not have the retention capacity that the others have.
    This measure will not add to the existing cost, so let us look objectively at the proposal for the benefit of the children and the country.

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