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TALK BACK: Readers take issue with ministry


BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

TALK BACK: Readers take issue with ministry

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Almost with one voice, online readers came out against the Ministry of Education’s intervention to temporarily halt the suspension of more than 30 students from Daryll Jordan Secondary School last Friday.
The children, some of whom were reportedly late as many as 20 times already this term, were suspended by principal Stephen Jackman. However, they left the Trents, St Lucy compound and went through “the pouring rain” to Bridgetown where they sought and received an audience with ministry officials.
The group reportedly refused to travel on the Government-provided buses and opted to use private transportation, arriving at school just before 10 a.m.
The suspensions were put on hold pending an investigation this week.
Here’s what some readers had to say.   
Rosalie Rose: They could go through the rain to the Ministry of Education but could not ride the Government-provided transportation to school? Why should they not be suspended?
Queenie ShaSha: I don’t get how kids can protest against their own head and get the ministry to go against it. Where’s the support for the educators who have the mountainous task of educating these very rude and disrespectful kids nowadays?
Michelle Clauzel: It’s nice to know that these students got an audience with the ministry, but when teachers and school management need something, they are put on hold. I guess teachers will know their place now.
Heidi Alleyne: This is utter madness! The chain-of-command process gone through the window. Those kids had no right having a hearing in the absence of the principal. What’s the role of the principal these days? Things will only get worse from here on because the kids now have the upper hand.
Bajan Eve: Who gave them permission to go to the Ministry of Education?
Damian Babb: Maybe they should fine the parents when students get to school late  . . . . Conditions apply, of course.
Afocused Man: I support the principal for wanting discipline in the school. The ministry may be well meaning in their actions, yet too many of their recent actions seem to undermine the discipline of students, and by extension, future generations.
Michelle Joseph: There needs to be an in-school suspension room so that when they are late or give any trouble, they go to that room all day or for a few days. They cannot talk to their friends or take breaks with them. It’s like they are socially cut off and for a teen, that is real punishment.
• Sherrylyn A. Toppin is THE NATION’s Online Editor.

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