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Give boys attention

Teachers in Barbados need to be properly trained to recognize the substantial differences between boys and girls from an early age.

So says Independent Senator

Senator Alwyn Adams

Senator Alwyn Adams, who has warned that until this is done, boys will continue to be left behind from as early as the primary school level.

“Unless our teachers are trained to recognize the significant differences between boys and girls, especially since it manifests itself at an early age, unless that is recognized, we will increasingly find that in our schools as early as the primary school, we will be seeing a high number of disaffected, sometimes alienated and underachieving boys.

“The numbers are far too great. If we were to take some time out after praising the students who do very well at the 11-Plus and then look at the students who do not perform and are not performing well and then analyze it, what we would find is that the majority of those students are boys,” Adams explained.

He made the comments today during debate in the Senate on a resolution to acquire land for the construction of a road to the proposed Maria Holder Memorial Trust Nursery School in Durants Village, St James.

“I hope that the expansion and extension of the nursery schools would begin to address the problem so that within a reasonable time frame we would be able to see that that gap has been closed…,” said Adams, a retired principal of the Coleridge and Parry School.

Adams said he hoped to see the numbers of those underachieving students go down by half at least, as well as for the wide discrepancy in that group between boys and girls to be reduced.

3 Responses to Give boys attention

  1. Tony Waterman October 29, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    @Senator Alwyn Adams!!!! i HAVE no EXPERTISE as a Teacher, or School Administrator, but seeing that YOU have reached this Level in our Society, i am going to ASSUME that you know something about either School Teaching or School Administration.
    so!!! if my assumption is right then i an going to Challenge you to do your research, and then tell me if the DECLINE of the Males in the Education system did not start at the beginning of the Co-Ed system in Barbados. there MUST be records somewhere that can show the performances of Girls and Boys prior to and after the Co-Ed system was Introduced.
    That research/Info should then lead to the changes that MUST be implemented to reverse this decline on the Male side.

  2. Susie Clarke
    Susie Clarke October 29, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Oh my gosh these teachers that we have are not equip to handle teaching children that are having a challenge in school we need more senior and dedicated teachers

  3. Olutoye Walrond October 29, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Mr. Waterman, when was “the beginning of the Co-Ed system in Barbados”?

    Would this have been previous to the 1950 when I was a primary school student. My memory tells me most of the primary schools then were mixed.

    The secondary schools that were same-gender were mostly the elite schools. Most of the private schools and the majority of comprehensive schools were mixed.


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