The MoE dealt with the matter professionally

first_imgDear Editor,Recently we have seen the education sector coming under increased scrutiny with a number of unfortunate incidents involving both students and a teacher. Editor, I also noticed that on Sunday, December 1, 2019, in the four daily newspapers, the Ministry of Education published two notices. One dealt with the fight involving a male and female student and the other addressed an altercation between a teacher and a parent.Editor, the MoE’s statements are both instructive and informative. As an educator and a parent, let me say that I believe the Ministry dealt with both matters appropriately. Reading the contributions in relation to these issues on social and contemporary media, it is clear that although some of us mean well with our contributions, like the MoE’s statement points out, we have not placed the matter in its right context.Editor, and here is where I will give a few reasons why I believe the Education Ministry dealt with the matter properly. Firstly, we must understand that in the case of the incident involving the male and female student, the Ministry is constrained by what it can say. This is due to the fact that these are minors they are dealing with and so the children’s privacy and that of their families cannot be compromised.Analysing the language the Ministry used in its statements, one gets the impression that there is a whole lot more going on that meets the eye in the case of the fight between the two students, but obviously, the Ministry cannot state those. The Richard Ishmael Secondary School matter is a clear case of bullying, also abuse and other concerns. But the Ministry of Education is not allowed to take sides. As a responsible body, it has to listen to both sides and then make a determination as it identifies the causes and effects of the issue.So while some sections of society may wish to see quick action against one of the parties, the MoE has to ensure it follows due process and be guided by what is outlined in the school policy regarding these matters.The Ministry has taken a similar approach with the Winfer Gardens Primary incident involving the parent and teacher. The Ministry in no uncertain term branded the actions of the parent as criminal and rightfully so in my view. But as citizens, we should be aware that if a matter is engaging the attention of the police there is only so much that can be said on the issue or one runs the risk of prejudicing the police investigations.Finally, Editor, this nation has a responsibility to our school children and young people. We have to play our parts in ensuring that these children, who are the future of tomorrow, inculcate good values, attitudes, morals etc. This cannot be the work of the MoE alone, these children spend quite a lot of time in the home so the home has to play its role. The family cannot abdicate its duties and then expect the Ministry of Education to fix a problem that those in the home helped to create. We have to continue to speak to our children.Editor, it begs the question, what message is that parent sending to those children? Children model behaviours from their parents, is that the type of behaviour that mother wants her children to embrace and showcase? I firmly believe that the parent should publicly apologise to this nation and more importantly to her children.Yours truly,Leon Persaudlast_img read more

CDC Team Commends RIA Ebola Response Measures

first_imgThe Management of the Roberts International Airport (RIA) has received commendation the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) team, which has been helping to build the airport’s capacity in response to the Ebola situation.The team comprising, Dr. Douglas H. Esposito, a Medical Epidemiologist and Vanessa C. Jew, an Epidemiology Quarantine Public Health Officer of the CDC pointed out that the Management of RIA has embraced every effort aimed at keeping the airport safe in the on-going fight against the Ebola Virus Disease and as such, this was commendable.They said the various safety measures currently in place including a regular temperature check for employees and primary and secondary screening procedure which are mandatory for passengers are ways the airport has complied to recommendations of health experts on the control and prevention of Ebola.These remarks were made during the presentation of certificates to 11 staff of the Roberts International Airport following a training series on measures to combat Ebola.Those certified are: Abraham T. Simmons, General Manager, Robert F. Morris, Deputy General Manager-Administration and Regina Ajavon-Benson, Human Resource Manager while nurses who received certificates include Kou Slawon, Diana Dahn, Patience Collins and Loleyah Kollie. Others are Hawa Morris, Bendu Kekeh, Christine Kollie and Dorothy Naplica all of the RIA.The training covered key areas including the usage of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Implementation of Primary and Secondary Exit Screening and the complementation of the Ebola Recognize, Isolate, Notify, Give, Support (RING) Model Training.In response to the commendation and certification, RIA General Manager Abraham T. Simmons said the airport welcomes the training as it strives to stop the Ebola virus from spreading to the entity. He said the airport since the outbreak has gone great lengths with the institution of several safety measures on Ebola as recommended by health experts.He added that RIA will use the training acquired from the CDC to maximize its potential to contain and stop the spread of the disease. Mr. Simmons then commended the CDC for the continuous capacity strengthening initiatives to keep the airport safe for travel. RIA has remained robust in the fight against Ebola since the outbreak and has extended its outreach to nearby communities while at the same time funding sensitization messages on community radio stations around the airport.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more