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Quality challenges

MP expresses concern about the standards displayed by some young people

Minister of Health Donville Inniss has a concern, and it has to do with the standards of students. He is “deeply concerned” about the way they dress, speak, write, and their attitude.

Speaking at Queen’s College’s annual Speech Day and Prize Giving Ceremony this afternoon, he said that one of them related to those who have “major challenges” in expressing themselves both with the written and the spoken word”.

“Whilst I am no scholar of linguistics and the English Language, one cannot help but shudder at the brutality meted out to the fine English language. It is as though there is a deliberate hostility to a desire to speak and write in a coherent manner. What is fine in texting, Whatsapp, BB, Twitter or Facebook, may not be suitable for a job application or a presentation to your potential work colleagues,” he said.

Secondly, said Inniss, who has two sons, is his concern about the lack of confidence graduates display.

“It is as though education in our age of computers is producing gadgets from our school system and not human beings who ought to be communicating with a sense of pride and confidence. Where are the young men and women today, who can stand with pride and dignity, in front of strangers and lead us in the National Anthem or the Lord’s Prayer?

“Many of you in this audience must also have concerns over the attitude of so many of our young charges. There is a ‘get rich quick and I don’t care’ attitude which permeates the minds and souls too of many of our young people. The capacity for hard work, honesty, dedication seems to be quickly withering away like a beautiful flower in the scorching sun.

“Our sense of appropriateness seems to be slipping away from this society. Whilst I fully appreciate that there were things which my parents insisted on but which I thought were old fashion, they are today the values that keep our society together today. Our value system is the bedrock of our Barbadian value system and that which we must protect and treasure.

“For example, the clothing we wear to the Movado show on Saturday night are not the kind that should adorn our tattooed shoulders as we sit in he middle pew of the church on Sunday morning. The rubber slippers we wear to the beach may not be the kind of foot covering to wear whilst meeting the mother of your girlfriend at her house for the first time. There is a time and a place for everything,” the minister said.

He told the parents and guardians there were “many more areas of deficiencies” that they could identify as he did not want to appear as though he was bashing the young people.

What Inniss told them was to really get to know their children, know their friends, love, care and guide them and teach them the value of hard work and “do not hide reality from them”. (DS)

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