Parents concerned students losing out
Enough is enough!
That was the plaintive cry of president of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of the Parkinson Memorial Secondary School Marlyn Olton and president of umbrella group, the Barbados National Council of Parent Teachers Association (BNCPTA) Rhonda Blackman, as they expressed concern that students’ education was being compromised while teachers at the Pine, St Michael institution continued their industrial action.
Blackman told Barbados TODAY that the BNCPTA met with the executive members of the school’s PTA last night and parents were adamant they would not be passive as their children were disadvantaged.
“What we can say right now without jumping the gun is that the parents are no longer willing to sit back and allow the children to suffer,” she said.
“I spoke to Olton . . . and she was actually in tears. It pained her so much to see what is happening to the children at Parkinson School . . . They believe that their children are being compromised and they will be calling on the relevant authorities to rectify the problem in short order.”
Blackman said the main concerns at this stage were “adequate supervision and the delivery of instruction”, noting that the teachers’ action came as students were busy preparing their School Based Assessments (SBAs).
“We believe that this move is very strategic and that the children are being compromised . . . These are students that would have scored in the percentage range of 30 per cent in the Common Entrance Examination and would need the extra push. The cognitive ability is not the same as what we would call the high fliers. They need a lot more instruction,” she added.
Blackman said the BNCPTA fully supported the PTA in this matter.
She said a meeting would be held at the school on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. to bring parents up to date on the situation and the plan of action going forward.