Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Santia Bradshaw, has called for an end to the confrontational relationship that exists between some teachers and parents at the island’s schools.
She was speaking on the occasion of the Parkinson Memorial School’s Prize-Giving and Awards Ceremony held this morning under the theme “Achieving Success, Strengthening the Chain”, in the hall of the Pine, St. Michael school.
“As we strengthen the chain, I want to call on parents and teachers to strengthen their existing relationship. Those parents who have at this institution, students remaining, or at others, I want to encourage you to become more involved in the Parent-Teacher Associations and the activities of the school. I urge you to let us begin to end the confrontational approaches, which have now become the norm rather than the exception, and to make an effort to work towards a more harmonious relationship to support our students,” the Education Minister urged.
While Ms. Bradshaw could not be there physically, since she is currently in Miami receiving medical treatment, she conveyed her congratulations to those students being awarded.
“Students, you have demonstrated that hard work and perseverance are the gateways to success. You’ve also stood up by your achievements to the naysayers who felt that nothing good could come from Parkinson. You are all testimonies that much good has and continues to emerge from within this institution, and for that, I salute you.
“As you embark on a new journey, whether into the world of work or to further your studies, I encourage you to remember always that a chain is as strong as its weakest link. How you conduct yourselves will be a reflection on this institution as you manoeuver your way through life. What you do to impact the lives of others whom you have left behind will also be a reflection on the strength of the chain,” she told students.
Ms. Bradshaw also urged them to give back not only to society
but to Parkinson, by mentoring and motivating students long after they had graduated from the school. She told the awardees that they must no longer ask “what this school can do for you, but rather what you can do for the school”.
She also lauded the teaching staff at Parkinson Memorial, pointing out to students that they could not have reached this far without the support of their teachers, as well as that of parents, guardians and well-wishers.
The Minister noted that the current Board of Management had embarked on a series of initiatives which were designed to improve the quality of the learning environment at Parkinson. This includes partnering with private sector entities to improve the physical plant of the school, as well as initiatives to prepare students for the world of work.
She added that work would begin shortly by the Goddard Group on the Block ‘B’ building of the school plant to transform it into a creative area for Music and the visual arts.
“I salute all of you who have played an instrumental role in shaping the future of this country. I, therefore, wish you well students, today, as you take this new step in your lives and assure you that you will be followed in terms of your success by me and I look forward to the contribution and impact you will make to this country,” Ms. Bradshaw stated.