Screen_Shot_2014-09-08_at_7.45.34_PMLast week we reported on the ongoing turbulence at the Progress Seventh Day Adventist School among parents and the SDA administration for the removal and replacement of one teacher and the principal of the school, following serious allegations against them. On Tuesday of last week, some parents took the matter to the District Education Officer in the hope that the Ministry of Education would intervene. At that point, the Ministry was waiting in writing the decision from the SDA Management on the situation. We contacted District Education Manager, Carla Alvarez today who said that the management has outlined measures that will put in place.


Carla Alvarez – District Education Officer, OW


“He mentioned that the local manager will be visiting the school every two weeks to ensure that, especially that records are in place and that the administration is doing what it should be doing and the General Manager, Pastor Gillett has already committed to continue visiting the school at least ones per month so I think that in line with the fact that it is a denominational school, we need to see if indeed that will take place.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Do you know if the parents are sending their children to school?”


Carla Alvarez – District Education Officer, OW


“I haven’t checked today but my officers were out there on Friday and yes we did took attendance and what they did was they went into the classroom personally and they matched what was on the attendance register along with the number of children in the classes like calling out the names of the children to match it against the attendance register because we wouldn’t want a case of where they might report that there is a certain amount of students and when  in fact there isn’t, this is something and a part of what we are doing at all schools and we are calling it a familiarization visit because we need to ensure that what the schools are reporting as their population is in fact what is happening at the school.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“And just to conform, anybody is being removed or replaced?”


Carla Alvarez – District Education Officer, OW


“At this point as far as I know no. one teacher was transferred but legally that teacher was supposed to be at another school anyways.”


We’ll keep monitoring this situation as it develops.

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