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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Rough going for teachers


REV. ERRINGTON MASSIAH

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Rough going for teachers

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His gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers for the equipment of the saints for works of ministry,for the building up of the body of Christ.– Ephesians Chapter 4: verses 11 and 12.

ONE HAS TO BE really called by God, and God alone, to be a schoolteacher these days when there is so much indiscipline in our schools, both at the primary and secondary levels.

It is not only in Barbados, but in all schoolsaround the world. What a pity. The problem isfurther compounded in Barbados by the many mouthings of Minister of Education Ronald Jones,who has made it very difficult for Barbados when it comes to discipline.

In a recent outburst he really went too far. He is quoted as saying that if you flog children, whether at school or at home, you should be jailed. What next can we expect from Minister Jones?Nothing will surprise this writer.

I do hope that he would say sorry for his many mouthings. I do believe that there are certainthings that one should never say in public,especially when it comes to dealing with childrenand discipline.

Tell me if you cannot flog, how are you going to control our children and the indiscipline in our country today. I am sure that flogging may be the only language that some children will understand.

I am convinced that talk alone cannot work; flogging is there and must be used because too many childrenin our country are out of hand, and if we do not usethe flogging in our schools and our homes,it will be used elsewhere by others.

I have a question for the minister: Are youaware that children in Class One in our primaryschool are giving real trouble and that first formersat secondary schools are telling the principalsthat they cannot flog them, because the ministersays so.

I do not think it is too late for us to do something about the indiscipline in schools. But in order for this to happen, the minister, teachers, parents and guardians must come together and work for the good of our children.

Feast of Title

The Holy Trinity Anglican Church’s Feast of Title continues today at a 7:30 p.m. service with Canon Coleridge Darlington the preacher. On Sunday, the Trinity Holy Eucharist will be at 9 a.m., with Canon DeVere Murrell as preacher. The festival luncheonwill be held later at midday.

Annual concert

The Ermine Holmes Community Trust Concert will be held at the Prince Cave Hall, District ‘A’ Police Complex, Station Hill, St Michael, today at 7:30 p.m. 

Musical extravaganza

The St George Parish Church Ushers Guild’s musical extravaganza, This Is My Story, will be held tomorrow at the church at 5 p.m. 

Day of prayer

The Isaiah Centre for Spiritual and Development Training will be hosting the fourth Mum’s Day of Prayer event tomorrow at the Abundant Life Assembly from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

Piano concert

The Methodist Church, James Street/Speightstown Circuit, will be holding a piano benefit concert featuring Key Elements by Van Cliburn International Service, Sean Sutherland on Thursday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. 

Jazz In The Yard

The St Mary’s Church presents Jazz In The Yard – a heritage gala on the lawns of the church on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

T20 ceremony

The awards and prize-giving ceremony of the Rev. Rudolph Holder Tape Ball T20 Cricket Competition takes place tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Duncan C. Moore Centre, Sharon, St Thomas.

Flea market day

The Clifton Hill Moravian Church, Clifton Hill, St Thomas, will hold a flea market day on Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. on the church grounds.

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