THE EDITOR, Sir:
A number of students who sat English and mathematics exams at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) are disappointed with their results.
As a parent, I am disappointed, too, as it requires a lot of sacrifices and effort to provide quality education for a child. It would appear, though, that some of the persons responsible for a child's learning, including the child, seem to have neglected some of their responsibilities, thus, resulting in the high failure rate.
Many people tend to believe that it is only the teachers who should be held accountable for a child's learning and oftentimes the teachers are the only persons who are blamed for a child's failure.
I agree that teachers should be held accountable, but parents, aren't we also accountable for our children's failure or success?
Some of our duties are to ensure that our children are prepared for school, that they complete homework, and that we are aware of their performance and conduct at school. Are we playing our role?
Many of our children are left on their own without supervision or guidance from us. Yet, we expect them to do well in school and to pass their CSEC subjects with ones or twos. Don't you think this is unfair to our children?
If our children are to succeed, we need to revise our roles as parents and our responsibilities to them. If all of us play our part, we will reap the desired results.