Concern over state of public school system

The President of Education International (EI) has told a conference here of  the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT), that the state of the public school system in many countries of this region does not reflect the importance attached by Caribbean people to quality education for their children.

According to Susan Hopgood, although literacy rates are higher than in most other low income countries ‘ education budgets are, in our view, falling short of meeting basic conditions.’

The Education International President stated Monday that her organisation has received reports about the neglect of school building maintenance, inadequate sanitary facilities, mold infested classrooms, crumbling asbestos rooftops and unprotected power lines.

“Suffice it to say that we wholeheartedly support your demands that education authorities should pay more attention to poor health and safety conditions in your schools and classrooms,” Hopgood stated.

“We hope that together we will be able to have healthy and safe school environments move up the political agenda in all Caribbean countries,” the EI official told her audience.

(Section of audience)

She said governments should give more priority to the restoration and repair of school buildings when damaged by severe weather conditions which hit the Caribbean more frequently than in the past.

Hopgood expressed solidarity with colleagues in the Bahamas which suffered devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew last October.

She asserted that climate change was one of the greatest threats facing the planet today.

“Yet some powerful world leaders continue to bury their heads in the sand, labelling climate change a hoax,” Hopgood said, to laughter from the audience.

“You don’t need me to highlight the impact of climate change on your region – many of you are already experiencing it,” she observed.

She noted that education is a powerful tool in raising awareness of the ‘global climate emergency.’



  1. Tracey
    August 2, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Don’t let these white peo poo let come here and fool you.

    1. EER
      August 2, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Are you blind or mentally retarded. the things stated by the lady are true and we as a country must demand better school and education for our children. and may I as Do you Know what EI is?

      1. Emela
        August 6, 2017 at 8:42 am

        So agree

    2. Christine
      August 3, 2017 at 9:15 am

      yeah and stop the racism

    3. Anonymous
      August 6, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Trace you need help. I hope you don’t have children

  2. Anonymous
    August 3, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Especially the morne Du don primary school it’s not in a good condition at all and there is no assitance given to the principle to maintain the school at all ,So the woman is telling the truth it’s such a shame

  3. Vibz
    August 3, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Education is the main vehicle that lifts many families out of poverty. If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. I grade a government on the state of its education and health systems. If a government allows its education and health facilities to fall into disrepair that government is guilty of gross neglect and dereliction of duty. The EI President’s criticisms are spot on, perfectly right. Her criticisms are meant for us to do better not to harm. Some people would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

  4. Amie dodo
    August 3, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Its not bad at all compare to the States our children are doing much better than theirs with out all those opportunities like free bus free food free school books and lots more scholarship etc so we are doing fairly well for a small Caribbean black country, with no resources

    1. Anonymous
      August 9, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Itis very bad. Minister guy Joseph at the opening lamented that compared to the average of $10,000 per child we are spending about $3000. We are not Americans so do not compare us to them. We can boast that when our students migrate to the US they are doing exceptional. Let us not be satisfied with what is but be moved to what is best for our country

  5. Anonymous
    August 3, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Its a question of priority. I agree with my friend here who said the barometer for government performance is education and health. I want to add care for the elderly and persons with disabilities. Why is some buildings and infrastructure are always kept well? Where they spend the most and pay attention to is an indication of what matters to them.
    An observation from outside is not always bad if it is true and said with respect- which is the case with this lady.
    We St.Lucians need to hold the government accountable and support where we can. In the case of schools – fundraising via parents/teacher associations.

    On an unrelated note the signs of a caring population is also how we treat our elders, persons with disabilities, children, the poor and disadvantaged and animals – yes animals -they too cannot defend themselves! We need a radical shift in this country on this one.

    1. Vibz
      August 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Anonymous August 3, 2017 at 10:18 am

      I agree vehemently with your entire statement. Everything!!!!!

  6. ms j charles
    August 3, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    education is the key i agree and should be a certainty of our society that a child should be nutured until they are capable to think for themselves and attain academic excellence so that they can give a meaningful contribution to our society but it seems the most educated people in st lucia “escape” that is go to a foriegn country because they see no hope in st lucia or become an educated thief (politician) i laugh when st lucians can be easily fooled by them and continue to choose sides whilst our poor country spirals in the hands of imf and the chinese well who am i to tell u guys u made a bad decision its ur vote use it wisely

  7. Anonymous
    August 6, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Ms Hopgood is the president of Education International (EI), she knows what she spoke of. Saint Lucia is a member EI. We can clearly see daily what is going on. If you do not see, you hear. So let rally behind the teachers to give our children a better education system. Some parents just SEND their children to the schools, they do not have clue about wha5 goes on there. Hence the reason the are ignorant of the facts.

    1. Emela
      August 6, 2017 at 8:47 am

      They pump monies into all kinds of stuff neglecting the schools and then they’ll talk about children not doing well. Teachers have to buy duster chalk and most materials to help with teaching. Parents have to constantly pay for and paint classrooms to ensure that their kids have a clean and beautiful room conducive for learning. I’m not saying parents can’t help out but come on gov’t. You can do better than that.

  8. Anonymous
    August 6, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Children are miserable. .all they do is kill….the elderly is not killing any one…try helping the elderly. .i have no elderly both my mother and father have gone to the next life…all the children do all their body..walking naked on every street corner…rape…piercing ever part of body…do disgusting. ..Woy