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Math, English and decrepitude

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:59 AM


To highlight that many of our public schools are teetering on the brink of decrepitude would be a cheeky understatement, but a jarring reality that has seemingly gone unnoticed by the media and certainly the powers that be. Serious educators concur with the need for new schools as announced by the Government. However, what has been done to modernise existing public schools over the past three or more decades?

I have had the opportunity to travel to various schools around the island as part of the National Standards Curriculum (NSC) trainer team and have seen the dire, even unimaginable state of our schools where we expect students to be comfortable enough to learn.

From dilapidated classrooms fitted with broken windows and doors, and tiles and flooring of yore accentuated with furniture that scarcely should be called such, to ‘fields’ that have become synonymous with dust bowls, the egregious state of our state schools require immediate attention.


The same places where we expect our students to excel particularly in math and English are reminiscent of penal institutions. Many classrooms are poorly ventilated, dingy and evidently constructed without thought or care of the tropics in which we reside. Dungeons, indeed!

Added to this is the dearth of modern educational resources meant to be used in the delivery of content to surfeit students and educators. By every possible metric, our schools need instant upgrade.

It is as necessary as it is essential to demand decent schools and classrooms for our first-class citizens.

All our schools need air-conditioned classrooms, ideally powered by solar energy; enough windows and doors for natural light to enter the classrooms; at least one laptop and a projector stationed in each classroom and decent desks and chairs standing on properly tiled floors.

Vision 2030 draws near!