Principal comments on wrapper controversy

The President of the Association of Public Primary School Principals Ivan Clarke believes that students must see their school as a second home that must be kept tidy at all times.

Clarke’s comments were made over the weekend as the controversy rages on over the suspension and possible transfer of a Springer Memorial Secondary School student who refused to remove a wrapper on the school premises after being told to do so by a teacher.

Clarke, who was addressing the annual National Primary School Awards at Queen College, reminded the students of the need to care for their schools.

He told the primary school students: “Your school must be treated like a
second home. I see nothing wrong with students keeping their surroundings clean. You have got to learn from now that you keep your room at home clean; you keep your school tidy and you keep your streets clean.”

The primary school principal told his audience that one of the biggest problems in Barbados was the large amount of visible garbage on the streets.

Arguing that the chief offenders were adults and not the little ones, Clarke asked: “And do you know who puts the garbage there? The adults. There is no way a child can deposit a refrigerator, a deep freeze and a twin mattress on Farm Road, St George.

12 Responses to Principal comments on wrapper controversy

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 2, 2016 at 6:00 am

    I agree to a certain extent, that if a child is seen to drop litter they must pick it up and put it in a bin. If there isn’t a bin available take the item home and put it in the bin. Rubbish that is dumped and blown around the school ground are for the role of paid Care Takers and janitors to tidy up.

    • Kay Critchlow
      Kay Critchlow February 2, 2016 at 6:11 am

      I disagree with that, we always did litter picking when I was at school. These days it’s always somebody else’s job. Litter is litter see it pick it up and dispose of it while on your school premises. Litter picking is a good solution, everyday different children get chosen to pick up litter for half an hour. It teaches that it’s team effort and once you’ve had your turn at litter picking may deter from dropping it. Adults are the main cause of littering so good to teach the young how disgusting it really is.

  2. Cynthia Blackman
    Cynthia Blackman February 2, 2016 at 6:08 am

    I was always told that the school was home away from home, as we spend most of our waking time there . I have tried to pass that on to my children and grand.

  3. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes February 2, 2016 at 6:34 am
  4. jrsmith February 2, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I totally agree with the teacher, the issue learning the kids some moral discipline, which a majority of the parent is lacking… 50 years of independence and this is where we are at, a case of a student,and teacher.. I am so surprise the parent of the kid didn’t go to the school and assault the teacher ..

  5. Cynthia Blackman
    Cynthia Blackman February 2, 2016 at 7:15 am

    We swept and mopped after our domestic science classes.. I guess in those days we took it for granted and did not think anything about it . Now we have to put expectations in writing so WE all know what is expected ..I do agree we the adults are the main guilty ones

  6. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha February 2, 2016 at 7:45 am

    What a privileged and entitled generation of kids that we have in the school .At this rate barbados finna b an even nastier place Cuz they didn’t put it there…but the comment about the adult is true

  7. Nathaniel Anderson February 2, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Like the idea of different teams going out daily to pick up the garbage. Once that is communicated to all at the start of the school year and everyone is involved, including the teachers and ancillary staff, that would be a great example of team work and model for success. With their gloves on, of course!

  8. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins February 2, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I cleaned several desk at the end of the school term at Primary school, cleaned endless black boards and classrooms. This was the norm at the end of the school term and it helped shaped the individuall I am today. Children today have too many privileges and some parents enable them in the nonsense they do and say. Just remember what they display at home they display at school. #damnknuckleheads, #problemchildren #throwthemoutofschool. stupse.

  9. Bobo February 2, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Black parents —Stop blaming the children of your past—–educate them of their future-Littering is dangerous for each species health and the country economy.
    -Each generation foundation is grounded with a different focus the most important ”mannerism begins at home and ends abroad”

    If the child litter–he/she should capable to say ”why” the person who is asking the question have the capacity to explain ( in a calm voice) to the child /children why they should not litter.

    Ref. to Springer Mem. school— If my child or any one child did not litter —the teacher or Principle have no ”rights” to condemn that child –If any child litter and the teacher ask the child to remove whatsoever and the child refuse ”my punishment will be” a few hours working with a janitor –bucket and a stick removing all garbage from around the school– or– the old fashion punishment ”lines writing I will not litter or else”

    To remove a child from school for littering is against that child Rights—pure and simple prejudice against poor blacks children.

    being prejuduice against

  10. Elliott February 2, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    My understanding of the matter is that the child was disciplined for refusing to carry out a valid request/order from a teacher; Many years ago in the 1990’s that school had a problem with rats caused by littering willy nilly . Litter bins were provided, but students litter included lunch litter dropped on the ground and in some cases left in the desks compartments. I know because I Was working there at that time.

  11. Andrew the Voice. February 3, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Its not the kids responsibility to go around picking up garbage from schools, I am sorry that’s just not right.
    What about the child’s rights, don’t they have some??
    what about the health aspect of this are they going to provide gloves for the kids to use to pick up this garbage, or are they have to use their unprotected hands?
    You are exposing peoples kids to potential unhealthy situations and that’s fine with you all, in the name of education, they are other forms of punishment when kids disobey, doing the janitors job should not be one of them.


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