Set uniform standards for all schools
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The recent situation regarding the decommissioning of the St Hilda's High School head girl is a symptom of a greater problem, as it speaks to a number of programmes and practices of schools that are too subjective.
If we are to truly rationalise the education system, thereby somewhat levelling the playing field at the various levels (basic, primary, secondary, etc), the Ministry of Education will have to set a minimum-standards bar for schools.
At the moment, the situation concerns the selection of a head student; in a few months' time, it will be criteria for graduation; next month, it will be recommendations for CSEC and CCSLC, etc.
Although sixth forms are not compulsory appendages for high schools, there is a need for a minimum-standards mark both in terms of the academic and co-curricular offerings, so that students are not short-changed or used as guinea pigs.
Too often, we only react to incidents when, in truth, we should be more proactive.