We shouldn’t have to beg for resources, says principal

Complaining that some schools had greater access to resources than others, the principal of one rural primary school today appealed to the Ministry of Education to level the playing field, and to ensure that children in the public system have equal access to a quality education.

A passionate Pamela Small-Williams, who is the principal of Sharon Primary in St Thomas, spoke during the school’s 2015 graduation ceremony, themed Follow Your Dream, held at the Lester Vaughn School this morning.

She lamented that some schools, including Sharon, had to “beg” for resources, while others were able to access support much more readily.

Principal of Sharon Primary Pamela Small-Williams.
Principal of Sharon Primary Pamela Small-Williams.

“What about the physical condition of the school plant? Does every school plant have sufficient furniture for both pupils and teachers? Is the janitorial staff sufficiently able to keep the school clean?

“Is the general worker able and capable to perform his duties? And most importantly, are there sufficient benefactors to subsidize the programmes of each school?” she asked.

The principal also highlighted the current imbalance between private and public schools in Barbados, while vowing to continue her fight on behalf of her “children”.

“. . . They know my name well in the Ministry. I will continue to agonize for the students of Sharon Primary,” Small-Williams said, emphasizing that “it is unfair when some of our primary schools are not given equally”.

“And then you expect the same results when bigger children have to be sitting on smaller chairs,[and] teachers have to be seated at desks that will soon come apart and hurt them.

“All of that is not fair,” she stressed.

Turning her attention to the 61 graduands, Small-Williams told them it was impossible for their parents and guardians to dream for them.

She suggested that by now, they should already be thinking in terms of a career path.

She also called on parents to be alert and aware of the company their children keep.

“They will also meet pupils who are [not] worthy of their friendship and other undesirables who will pressure them to engage in inappropriate behaviour. Please encourage them to choose their friends wisely,” she said.

“Don’t be afraid to ask them who are their new friends and be prepared to carry out your own investigations if necessary,” she added.

The principal stressed: “It is better to offends at this early stage of their development by being vigilant and attentive than to be careless and negligent and shed tears later”.


4 Responses to We shouldn’t have to beg for resources, says principal

  1. Aisha Hold
    Aisha Hold June 25, 2015 at 10:29 pm


  2. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man June 25, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    i was there it hurt her

  3. Tony Webster June 26, 2015 at 5:01 am

    I can well imagine how out school-boards and administrators are hurt, as just yesyerday, was able to respond to a request for donated books, and was able to offer four books for prizes at their up-coming function….i.e. this report is factual.

    However…we’ll just have to get accustomed to the up-dated definition of “democracy”:-
    “A system of governance whereby equal measures of adversity are shared by all, and where Hope, Milk, and Honey are precious food-items for which one saves up during the week, and is served only for Sunday-lunch, after church, where all give thanks that Bim is still, with His Gracious help, better than many others.”
    Q.E.D., and Amen.
    PS: Honey sez to say “Hi” to y’all…as she’s preparing something sweet for me…in de kitchen. Yes, in de kitchen…where is your dirty mind…in de bedrooom?

  4. Charles Worrell June 26, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Yes, Mrs. Williams, I understand exactly where this hurts especially when you and I and all of these policy makers who grew up in a system that had a man who was courageous enough to determine that his country will have education as a
    NECESSITY. Further, he did EVERYTHING he had to in the face of those who decried this determination to make it happen and it did. NOW, many of the recipients of this genius of a Prime Minister, are the ones finding every reason WHY our people should not be educated. ITS A DARN SHAME!
    BARBADOS IS WHERE IT IS because it spent the TIME AND MONEY EDUCATING ITS PEOPLE. SADLY, THESE same people now completely Americanize, are finding every reason WHY we cant pay for our children’s education.
    We took our University of the West Indies and internationalized it only to find that colleges over in a way, think hey are better and do not come here! WE LOST THAT INTEGRATIVE PROCESS OF CARIBBEAN FOLK WHEN WE SEPERATED THE BRANCHES and now, money is hard to come by and students are staying away.
    Hilary and all the experts did not see or refused to see when AMERICAN EFFORTS WERE ABOUT creating a parity in systems KNOWING FULL well that once that is done, they get to keep their students and the advantage we in the Caribbean had over them on entering their colleges disappeared! When I entered Central Texas College, each of our credits from Barbados was worth EIGHT of theirs.
    What astounds me the most, is to look at the leadership personnel here in Barbados and there you find ALL the then, ‘revolutionaires’; the anti American activists; the colonial antagonists and a hosts of Pan African sympathizers. Well trained by their now masters, they bring back the very trappings of that which ‘enslaved’ us.
    BARBADOS led the way in EDUCATION and NO SCHOOL in Barbados should be allowed to ‘run down’ and FUNDING REFUSED. To allow this, is to reject what brought us this far and return us to the very fight that we won back then. SADLY, our kids will have to fight all over again, IF THEY ARE TO REGAIN WHAT WE GAVE AWAY.


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