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Outraged at Ruel Reid's outburst

Published:Friday | August 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I pen this letter with a grave sense of unease at the minister of education's public scathing remarks against the teaching profession, more specifically school administrations.

Let me first disclose that it is my firm belief that if the oversight authority, i.e., the Ministry of Education, gives a directive and provides the requisite resources to absorb the core expenses associated with educating the nation's children, it ought to be adhered to.

However, if the above is far from the truth, the shortfall must be found from other sources. This is the acute pickle in which some school administrations have found themselves. Notwithstanding, it should be noted that said minister has said that more money can be obtained from the ministry once it is justified. This, in my estimation, is a reasonable stance, since all schools do not offer the same additional programmes and thus may not require the same resources.

Thus, if there are complaints from some stakeholders regarding a breach of the outlined policy directive, the steps that need to be taken to remedy the situation cannot be overlooked..

1. Investigate said allegations to ensure their legitimacy.

2. Have dialogue with the reported schools that have breached stated directive.

3. Failure to achieve 1 and 2 speak publicly about the issues outlining the steps you have taken to address the issue.

It cannot be that after labelling school administrations "extortionists", you are going to state that you are open for dialogue. Sir, you have muddied the water and created a hostile environment for dialogue to be had in good faith.

I beg of you, sir, next time do not put the cart before the horse. Minister Reid's utterances served as a divisive factor within the educational sphere in an era where we are supposed to be working together for the betterment of the nation's children entrusted in our care.