Shift system obsolete
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I saw two articles, 'Renewed calls for the abolition of the shift system in schools' and 'Parents still unhappy with two-shift system' in The Gleaner's Western Focus on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, about moves to abolition the shift system in quick order.
This is a welcome move because I taught at a shift school and the fruit it bore was minimal. The shift system is obsolete in this time and age because it does not provide sustainable growth and stability among our schoolchildren.
The hours of learning are too short, and although the model accommodates more schoolchildren, it is a recipe for disaster. Teachers sometimes work across shifts and suffer burnout at each passing day. Students find much more time to waste and are always loitering on the school precincts instead of putting their time to productive use.