THE HEAD of a teachers’ union is charging that some principals are covering up problems and challenges under their watch so as not to make their schools “look bad”.
The accusation came from president of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU), Mary Redman, while a guest on VOB 92.9 FM’s Sunday Brass Tacks yesterday.
Joined in the studio by first vice-president Leslie Lett and deputy general secretary Kirtis Luke, Redman, who stressed she was speaking on her own behalf, said some school heads were downplaying the high number of at-risk students on their roll.
“Persons still have this idea of ‘my school’ and ‘my school not being represented in that manner’, or ‘my school not being guilty of having certain disciplinary problems’, in an effort to cover up, rather than provide the help that the children need and in so doing, to better possibilities for those children and to provide in the school a more stable, learning environment,” she said.
Redman was speaking in the context of proposed programmes to address issues in the schools, particularly violence, which came out of a recent meeting with Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw, ministry officials and the BSTU.