Clarendon principal recommends changes for gov't's PATH programme
A Clarendon high school principal is suggesting the government implement changes to the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) to emphasise the importance of academics.
Principal of Spalding High School in Clarendon, George Henry says for students to continue benefitting from PATH, it should be required that they pass a minimum of five subjects with a minimum of 50 per cent in year end exams.
He says such a change will force students and parents to honour their obligations under the programme.
Students must maintain an 85 per cent attendance at school as part of their PATH requirement.
Henry also registered his dissatisfaction with parents' lack of support and involvement in their children's academic life.
He says many parents only visit schools at the start of the school year in September and never return.
Henry criticised some parents for not paying the fees for their children to sit external examinations.
The principal was addressing graduates and parents at the school's graduation ceremony held yesterday afternoon.