On broken school furniture
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Every year, the Ministry of Education spends millions replacing broken school furniture and other equipment. Most of this is due to wanton vandalism of property by irresponsible students and members of the community who have no regard for public property. Most of these vandals possess poor social skills and contribute very little to the revenue of Jamaica, so they see this as just another 'freeness' to take advantage of. It is difficult to catch the vandals red-handed because of our 'informer fi dead' culture. This has been one of the contributing factors to the shortage of furniture at schools across Jamaica.
It is a fact that some of the furniture supplied are of poor quality, and even in the best of circumstances, fall apart too soon. Some schools are also used for community activities, and not enough care is taken of facilities, especially after parties or political meetings are hosted at these schools. This shows a lack of civic pride.
Many teachers indirectly contribute to the destruction of school property. They do this by being absent from their classes for no good reason, although they are present on the school compound, leaving energetic teenage students to go unsupervised. This results in the breaking of furniture and defacing of walls. Some go to classes totally unprepared to teach their lessons effectively, so students are not challenged and are bored. They then take it out on property and in the end deliver poor exam results.
We must address these and other problems if we are to move forward on this issue.