Failing schools need serious help
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I have read with great concern the National Inspectorate report on schools that were inspected last year. The report on one particular school in St Ann is sickening. Something must be done about this.
What I am most peeved about is the approach taken with these reports. These inspections were done a year ago and drafts of the reports were given last year, along with verbal comments from the inspectorate. So why publish these a year later when consultations were not done to see if any progress was made?
I hope, in the future, we publish progress reports. May I also say that the recommendations are too general when the reports are detailed? After each section, there should be specific recommendations.
Furthermore, apart from these recommendations, what else is being done in these 'failing' schools? Nothing. We need personnel to come in and directly help these schools, especially the principals, because they are the ones who lead. If leadership is bad, the school's outcomes will be bad.
I am dying for some help to come to my school.
If help is not forthcoming, the schools will continue to fail, and people's reputation (teachers, students, ancillary workers, etc.) will be tainted. HELP! HELP! HELP!