The Principal of a City secondary school has expressed concern about recent comments made by Education Minister, Doctor Robert Lewis, as published in the Times.
The Minister, while acknowledging his ministry’s role in the process, urged Principals of schools here to be more vigilant in assessing the state of the school buildings in which they operate.
However a school Principal, speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed surprise at the Minister’s statement.
“It gave the impression that we are not informing the Ministry of Education of the conditions of our schools and this is hardly the case,” the school official told the Times, adding that the Minister’s comments were “most unfortunate.”
“This begs therefore, for the MOE to put structured and visible mechanisms in place to ensure that all persons get the information with reference to Schools’ conditions and requests,” the Principal asserted.
According to the school head, the Minister was definitely not accurate in his comments on this matter or was confused or misguided and did not say exactly what he meant to say.
“I dare speculate. If anything, Principals feel slighted when reports about schools’ needs seem to be ignored for whatever reason or reasons,” the official declared.
The Principal told the Times that heads of schools all know their institutions.
“We are overwhelmed by the myriad of “situations” we must try to deal with daily. It would do MOE officials well to acknowledge and applaud our efforts and not continue to demotivate school management teams by what they say and how they treat us. Principals and teachers certainly try their best,” the official declared.