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Gleaner editorial content condescending

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am very disappointed with the condescending content and tone of The Gleaner editorials on the merger of two schools in lower St Andrew, which will result in the "closure" of one.

At a minimum, the stakeholders are asking the minister to have consultations before proceeding. This seems to be basic decency; that there would be broad consultations with key stakeholders before a media announcement is made.

If The Gleaner is suggesting that the main reason for the announced merger is CSEC performances in English and mathematics, then the minister should immediately announce the merger of Kingston College and Kingston Technical. One of the purple campuses should then become a community training centre.

If the other main factor is class sizes under 45 students, then we anticipate the announced merger of Campion and Mona in short order. If there is a post-merger breach of the required sardine threshold, then we expect to see container classrooms on the Campion campus to address this.

On a related note, why is the Ministry of Education expanding failing schools by (a) placing or transferring more students there than their quota and (b) building containerised classrooms. Shouldn't these container classrooms be on the campus of the good schools?

Can we treat all our people with the same respect they deserve?

CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL

chriscrearyja@gmail.com