Today, members of the House of Representatives converged at the National Assembling Building in Belmopan for another round of discussion on national issues. And of note is that the disgraced Minister of State, Elvin Penner made an appearance.
But, kicking things off on a stern note was Minister of Education Patrick Faber who reflected on the Primary School Examination results which were disclosed yesterday. And while the performance was anything short of impressive, the results says Faber is a reflection of what is being thought at home, in this case, lack thereof. Faber says the only realistic solution to perform better is to make it everyone’s business to fix what is wrong with the education system; this will require a strong foundation for the onset of a child’s life.
Patrick Farber – Minister of Education
“You’ll hear me make a call on the parents, make a call on the teachers, make a call on the Unions, make a call on the churches, make a call on all the stakeholders, because if we do not put our hands on deck these results that are in the PSE will continue no matter how much my friends on the other would want to blame me as minister of education and I can take that, I am in politics for a long time now, 20 years and my skin is thick when it comes to these criticisms but if we are serious about these things we need to be looking at these issues that I am raising. You ever notice when you are a parent and you have your little baby at about three or four years old and you at him and you say he is only smart, because he could count and say his ABC and we are so proud at the beginning and by the time they reach primary school something goes wrong, well what goes wrong is that we don’t give them the kind of support. I watch this year as I participated in the this year child Simulation month parade and the children from the early childhood centre march alongside their parents and their parents are very much involved in what is going on in their education at that time but by the time they reach at primary school and by the tie they get to the other stages of education the parents have disappeared so my appeal if at the beginning of their live for them to get their strong foundation my appeal is for the parents and the family structure to do what they need to do to support these children.”
Faber says the Ministry of Education will be spearheading sessions of pedagogical training for teachers to increase their efficiency on the classrooms. Up to date, a Parent Association has been developed in each district except for Cayo.
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