Education Leadership in Poor Condition say OBA’s Ben Smith

How ironic the leadership of the Bermuda Public School System has already received a failing grade from educators and the 2023/2024 academic year is only a day old!

There is no reason for any school on the island not to be ready and fully functioning this year. The Education Minister has been discussing the transition to Parish Primary Schools for awhile. He knew what had to be done, so there should be no excuses.

Students’ summer break has been the same length for decades. Plain and simple, this is another example of a poor leadership.

Thankfully there is minimal disruption for students at Francis Patton Primary, but it’s unacceptable for the students and teachers at Purvis Primary School above Year One to spend the week “experiential earning.”

Another Band-Aid fix that the Government is known for. And who will pay the price—the teachers and most of all, the students, and this is not fair.

To add insult to injury, the Minister of Education, as usual, is reading the room wrongly and glossing over the problem by extending his warm and fuzzy ‘thank you for your hard work’.

Based on the Bermuda Union of Teachers’ recent statement, the thank you is falling on deaf ears. The teachers want better and rightfully so, are demanding it.

It’s time for the Government to do better. Our children deserve it. When students don’t complete their assignments on time there are consequences. Who is holding the Ministry of Education accountable?

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