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Teacher's position on student-athletes and academic learning shocks Thwaites

Published:Monday | March 2, 2015 | 2:10 PM

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says he is surprised at the comments of a teacher who has argued that student-athletes should not be forced to place emphasis on academic learning. 

Last week, Thwaites tabled a ministry paper outlining measures aimed at stopping the so-called buying of student athletes by schools in the Parliament.

In an article published in today’s Gleaner, Paris Taylor who says he is a physical education teacher argued that student athletes are specialists and are being stifled in what he called a rigid system.

Expressing surprise at the teacher’s comments, Thwaites said every student must gain proficiency in basic subjects which is the basis for them satisfactorily completing secondary education.


Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites

Describing the practice as unethical, the education minister said students shouldn't be transferred primarily for sporting activities without due consideration for their academic development.

Under the new policy, the transfer of students between schools should not be for economic gain to the student, parent or guardian and their involvement in sports should not compromise their educational advancement