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Don't disrupt schools, parenting commission pleads

Published:Monday | September 9, 2013
Dr Patrece Charles-Freeman.

Executive Director of the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), Dr Patrece Charles-Freeman, is calling on parents and community members across the country to desist from disrupting the operations of the country's schools in their bid to settle grievances with school administrators.

Her comments come just days into the new academic year and on the heels of a protest reportedly involving parents of students attending the Bellefield High School in Manchester.

Charles-Freeman says parents need to lead by example and should handle their conflicts and concerns in a manner that does not disrupt the teaching and learning process at the country's schools. "Parents who disrupt the operations of schools are demonstrating a very negative approach to conflict resolution and are, in turn, teaching their children that the way to handle conflicts is through violence and civil disobedience," said Charles-Freeman.

She has also extended her appeal to parents, community members, and taxi operators, who, from time to time, opt to block roads in a deliberate attempt to use students as pawns in their bid to get the relevant state entities to address poor road conditions.

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The NPSC head says these actions frustrate students and school administrators and only serve to defeat efforts aimed at promoting top-quality educational offerings.

Charles-Freeman says parents should contact the NPSC if there is discord between themselves and their school's administration. "The commission is here to ensure that parents play an integral role in the education of their children. The commission is also aware that school administrations are equally important, and is, therefore, encouraging mutual respect between both parties," Charles-Freeman emphasised.

The Ministry of Education established the NPSC to assist in the transformation of families through communication, research, and support. The NPSC is also mandated to act as an advocate for parents.