Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony has told Principals at their annual conference, that there is a crisis of leadership in the public service.
Anthony, a former teacher, noted that Saint Lucia has a public service made up of the most “decorated” persons possessing various university degrees.
He said to applause:
“But yet we have a crisis of leadership! Why? What has gone wrong that we are producing persons who are decorated with degrees but so lacking in the quality of leadership?”
The Prime Minister disclosed that the leadership issue in the public service is one of his frequent criticisms.
He promised the Principals during his address that if he were given early enough warning, he would offer his personal views on the reason for the problem.
Earlier Anthony had lauded outstanding principals in the education system who have transformed schools and made an extraordinary contribution towards producing outstanding citizens.
“As you search for leadership and discuss issues of leadership I want to invite you to identify the models of good leadership among you, those who have been Principals in the past and those who are Principals today, because in every experience as a principal there are outstanding qualities that can be extracted and emulated,” the Prime Minister asserted.
Anthony said if he were asked who was the greatest teacher of all time charged with the responsibility of teaching mankind, his answer would be Jesus Christ.
He explained that a teacher is supposed to inspire, give meaning to the things taught, remind of the lessons learnt and leave an everlasting memory.
According to Anthony, Jesus used extraordinary techniques to teach the multitudes.
“The tools he used was always a parable, always a story extracted from daily life so that whenever he spoke he connected immediately to the crowds before him, so he was able to extract from their individual experiences, and having extracted left with them an everlasting lesson to guide them for the rest of their lives,” the Prime Minister recalled.
He explained that good leadership is also about good teaching and the use of sound techniques.
“You have to look at those models and the fact that you have your own deep religious faith should not prevent you from studying Jesus Christ as a historical teacher – the greatest teacher that ever lived,” Anthony said.