Saturday 31 October, 2020

Education ministry needs a better communication system

Blackman and Gollop Primary School closed on Monday, February 18, 2019.

Blackman and Gollop Primary School closed on Monday, February 18, 2019.

Parents and guardians of students at the Blackman and Gollop Primary School want the Ministry of Education to do better by their offspring, to prevent students missing more class time than necessary.

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This plea comes after a late notice was issued by the government information service after 5:00 am this morning, Tuesday, February 19, 2019, to indicate that classes will resume at the Staple Grove, Christ Church location.

Speaking to Loop News, Lester King, President of the Blackman and Gollop Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) said, "A lot of parents were confused yes, not knowing if the industrial cleaning was done, and they were fuming, I can say, as to why the Ministry of Education has not said anything."

The school was closed on Monday, February 18, 2019, for industrial cleaning after the cow-itch issue surrounding the school was being addressed over the weekend under the recommendation of the Environment Minister.

However, as it related to informing parents of the plan for students beyond Monday, King said parents were not pleased about how the Ministry handled the situation on this occasion, and in the past with similar situations.

He said:

"Parents would have communicated to me all last night, they wanted to know what's happening, if school is opening and what's not.

"I think the Ministry of Education needs to have a PR (public relations) programme as opposed to just assuming that school will reopen just like that, because they will come out and say, 'School is closed', I mean sometimes it's late, but they don't come and let us know school will be reopening today or what's not."

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