Teachers urged to treat students with respect

Clergyman, Sherwin Griffith, has urged teachers who are here for a conference of the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) this week, to treat all their students with respect.

Griffith, quoting from the scriptures, said:” For we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us.”

“Do we make our children come to understand that each  student has a talent, has a gift, has power within him or her placed there by the creator of the heavens and the earth, or do we think they have to demonstrate certain kinds of things?” He said.

Griffith, a former teacher himself,  was addressing an ecumenical service Sunday at the Golden Palm Events Centre at Rodney Bay.

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The event was jointly organised by the Caribbean Union of Teachers and the Saint Lucia Teachers’ Union.

The Wesleyan Holiness Church official asserted that every single human being that God has made has a gift.

“That is why we must treat all our students with respect – some may be academically oriented, some may be artistically oriented – God is a God of variety, he is not a cloning God that everybody must look like everybody else,” Griffith declared.

He urged teachers to acknowledge that and seek to bring out from their students what God has put into them.

“Don’t think that we are just putting in, we are bringing out because they have talents – they have gifts and we must recognise that and work along with our God,” Griffith stated.

“Caribbean teachers, we are generally looking the wrong way – we have been looking out when we should have been looking in,” he told his audience which included opposition leader, Philip J.Pierre.

He told Caribbean teachers that there are students in the region with great potential.

“We must bear that in mind,” Griffith said.





  1. Anonymous
    July 31, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Well said i agree w were all born in the image and likeness of God.our fingures are not the same length.God bless you brother Sherwin Griffith for bringing this to light.Amen

  2. Anonymous
    July 31, 2017 at 8:32 am

    In st.lucia a lot of teachers insults the children. Especially in secondary schools. They don’t take time to understand them. Most of the children who behaves badly are from abusive home. Some comes to school hungry. But all they get is more abuse from those teachers who is in the school only for the money

    1. Anonymous
      July 31, 2017 at 8:54 am

      It begins way before Secondary School. They illtreat and insult these children from kindergarten. I once heard a teacher from the Ave Maria Infant school tell a grade two student “girl wake up there, don’the let me put you out in the rain. Sleep at your mother’s home”. A grade two student is seven seven years old. Who knows what abuse she endured the night interrupting her sleep. I tell you these teachers today need psychological testing before being allowed access to children.

  3. Anonymous
    July 31, 2017 at 8:50 am

    So true..some left home without any breakfast.or did not even had any dinner the night before.i think minister of education needs to know who they are hiring before they entrust then with our Children…i went to the larfague Secondary school and it was pure abuse from the teachers.i use to wounder how could they do this and they are not my parents. now i am a grown woman with kids and sometimes i feel like if i meet with them i will confront them

    1. Anonymous
      July 31, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Do u expect 1 teacher teaching 100 students for a day, 25 students per class to know the history of every student?

      1. Anonymous
        July 31, 2017 at 10:58 am

        Mr. Ellis of Leon Hess knew all students by name. Alll …. always marvelled at such dont know how he did it! Remarkable respected human being. Thank you Senor

  4. Picky
    July 31, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Really now you guys should try being teachers.

    1. Anonymous
      July 31, 2017 at 9:31 am

      If you can’t handle difficult children which is what teaching encompasses then maybe you’re in the wrong field.

      Don’t justify any kind of abuse just because the job is difficult. Both of my parents were teachers.

    2. Anonymous
      July 31, 2017 at 9:33 am

      If you can’t handle difficult children which is what teaching encompasses then maybe you’re in the wrong field.

      Don’t justify any kind of abuse just because the job is difficult. Both of my parents were teachers.

  5. Anonymous
    July 31, 2017 at 9:24 am

    I agree with Mr.Griffith and can attest to him treating students with respect as he taught me in SALCC

  6. Teacher at heart
    July 31, 2017 at 9:48 am

    It’s sad to see that a lot of the above comments have taken advantage of a simple reiteration to generalise what goes on in the teaching profession. As someone who served as a teacher for 10 years I must admit that there have been examples of what ought not to happen. However I DARE say that the good FARRR outweighs the bad. Many teachers raise children without praise or publicity because the either see it as part of their jobs or its out of the tendency to protect the dignity of those students. I don’t think the context that pastor spoke within was one of chastisement but reinforcement. We can be can such an ungrateful society sometimes

  7. Anonymous
    July 31, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Agreed …. as I too was blessed with some really great teachers and lecturers… Parents stop expecting miracles from the teachers and work on mending your broken or failed home structures. Teachers are humans as well!! Remember that…SMH

  8. Teacher
    July 31, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Yes people, we teachers have to treat the students with respect and some of us do. We feed them, we clothe some of them, we educate them, we counsel them when some parents do not do their jobs at home. Those teachers who do not do their jobs right will get their due from God. So people need to stop saying teachers as if all teachers are like that. People always add their two cents and jump on teachers back and sometimes what they say make absolutely no sense because they have not the slightest idea what teachers go through. Teachers this and teachers that. They fail to realize that we are human beings too. What respect do we get, but yet still some of us do our jobs well and to the best of our ability. Who sees that. What do we get for that. We are always being attacked. Some people should take time and look into the way teachers are treated also. By parents, the public, students and oh boy, the ministry. We get absolutely no respect. They make everything hard for us. The money people like to claim we getting, what do we do with it , huh?
    We make sure that your children eat or have the resources that they need when they come to school without. Some teachers can barely enjoy a proper vacation when the time comes. Contemplate that before saying all of those hurtful things about teachers. Don’t forget who put the Ministers,the nurses, the lawyers, doctors, bankers etc where they are today. TEACHERS.

  9. AndrewS
    July 31, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Respect is a two-way street. We should all respect each other. We learn better when we respect the person who is facilitating the learning and we teach better when our pupils show us the respect and trust needed to establish and reinforce a harmonious teacher-pupil relationship. Respect goes both ways and forever may it remain.

  10. Missy
    July 31, 2017 at 11:36 am

    In every profession you must get some bad ones. The quality of teaching we have nowadays are totally different from before. I must agree that teachers teach all of us but not the quality of teachers we have nowadays

  11. Anonymous
    July 31, 2017 at 11:49 am

    I’d say it goes both ways. Children has to be taught those basics from home. And apply it out there. Its not easy teaching 36 students per 1 teacher. But if parents step up especially the young children that making children nowadays and correct the children when they do wrong. But wait a minute they cannot even correct themselves. Smh (Words deleted)

  12. TheSaintLuciaActivist
    July 31, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Well said Rev. Griffith!
    Too many children are “forced” into a certain career to fulfill their parents dreams. Many in Form 5 don’t really know what career or even just the field of work they are interested in. They choose a field sometimes just because they got good grades but not because they have any kind of passion for that.
    We need to expose our children to many fields of work so that they can get feel for them.
    Usually, when people are in a job that they don’t like they’re unhappy and are not as productive as they should.

  13. 3ways
    July 31, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    While I strongly agree with Mr Griffith I do believe that at some point we need to have mini workshops showing children how to respect their teachers inspite of their issues at home. The level of DISRESPECT coming from some students is hideous. Yes some children face challenges and we teachers do all kind of stunts to help out children in difficult situations… reaching as far as illegally adopting children… but like someone mentioned early respect is a two way street and in this case a three way street teachers need to respect, students need to respect, parents need to respect….. don’t even ask for the parents!

  14. Proud Teacher
    July 31, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    It is part of the problem hear where the media seeks to make the news. This line was certainly not the central issue of the pastors address. In fact there were two sermonettes but St.Lucia Times News said nothing about the first because it had some very positive messages about teachers. I hear nothing said about the hundreds of teachers who use their own monies to paint classrooms for reopening of schools, buy school supplies for students, feed students off their pockets, work all night to raise funds to run school, and a lot more. We are quick to curse them for any mistake made.

  15. Anonymous
    July 31, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Comment:I do agree there are quite a bet of teachers out there who deserves utmost respect for their great work as teachers as a person who love the kids and as a parent to their children. to the person who said the kids needs to respect ,for Christ sack how do u expect an abusive child to think rashanal or hv respect when only what’s on their mind is the pain they go through.But it’s true alot of teachers don’t respect the student I ones when to a PTA meeting at comprehensive school and one of the teachers we had to speak to was in the staff room I sent her to call the teacher a form 1 well if u saw the facial expression and heard the tone I was ashame I just told my child its time to leave and said nothing to the teacher however the person I saw was a young teacher whom herself needed some counseling.A teacher doesn’t know every child personal life but they need to think thts what the job entails you get children from all works of life and if they are being abused at home let they happy moment be school u will make them what they become tomorrow they will remember you and that will be he memory they leave with.