Suspension numbers worry HC head

Executive Member and Immediate Past President of the Barbados Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools, Winston Crichlow, is worried about the large numbers of students suspended on Monday from the Graydon Sealy Secondary School for breaching its dress code.

Asked to comment on the issue, Crichlow told Barbados TODAY, while he acknowledged the need for discipline and the right of principals to do so, he regretted that so many children had to be sent home.

“I know Mr. [Matthew] Farley was having some challenges with adherence to the dress code. I don’t have all the details, but I wonder if some other measures couldn’t be explored, rather than suspending such large numbers of students. Some schools would hardly get that to such an extent,” he suggested.

BAPPSS executive thought it was a sad commentary where people did not follow regulations.

“I would say to parents to try to comply with the school’s regulations because spending a lot of time on discipline, instead of the main matter of learning, is a distraction. These little things can be a distraction from education. I would advise that whatever can be done, should be done to explore other measures to address such matters,” said the principal of Harrison College.

Crichlow suggested that while some parents supported school rules, a significant number of them did not.

“Children are doing these things knowing they will get the support of their parents,” he concluded

He also told this newspaper that the suspension of the students from Graydon Sealy Secondary by its principal, would most likely come up for discussion at the association’s next meeting next month. (EJ)

One Response to Suspension numbers worry HC head

  1. O. Walrond October 21, 2012 at 5:40 am

    I have to agree with Winston entirely. It really is way over the top to send home 200 students over a deficit of a few centimetres of uniform. Yes, there are rules, but some rules carry more weight than others. I remain unconvinced that minor things like infractions of a dress code can’t be handled through consultation with the parents.


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