Extra mile for students
SPECIALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAMMES for the“not so bright, not so intelligent” are necessaryso they may develop at their pace.
This word from president of the Barbados Union of Teachers, Pedro Shepherd, who said that deferral in the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination at the primary level and non-promotion at secondary level were not really getting the desired results.
“The extra year in most cases means nothing to the students, particularly at the secondary level; terrorizing the school for another year as those who are deferredor stopped down are usually the underachievers,”Shepherd said.
Shepherd, speaking at the opening ceremonyof the two-week Summer Institute On Special Education For Teachers In Barbados workshopfor teachers of children with special education needs, asked: “Do we ever defer a child to achieve masteryor are we satisfied that he or she has done his orher best?” (LK)