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Hon. Fraser criticises Hon. Walwyn’s flip-flopping on expulsion of students

-Says leaders need to make informed decisions
Representative for the Third District Honourable Julian Fraser RA told persons at his community meeting on Thursday, December 5, 2013 that leaders making decisions must first be informed on the matter. Photo: VINO
Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn has been flip-flopping on his decision to expel a group of students from the government education system. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn has been flip-flopping on his decision to expel a group of students from the government education system. Photo: VINO/File
Members of the media had fielded the question to Hon. Julian Fraser RA about the matter of expelling students. Photo: VINO
Members of the media had fielded the question to Hon. Julian Fraser RA about the matter of expelling students. Photo: VINO
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – “That’s one problem we have with leadership, making decisions, the decisions must be informed. If it’s an uninformed decision you would find yourself going back and forth,” said Representative for the Third District Honourable Julian Fraser, RA stated at a community feedback meeting held at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre on Friday December 5, 2013.

Media operatives had posed the question to Hon. Fraser about the Minister for Education Hon. Myron V. Walwyn’s decision to rescind the expulsion of some seven students of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS).

Furor had arisen at the ESHS on November 15, 2013 when a student had reportedly behaved in a manner deemed disrespectful to the school’s Principal (ag) Mr Wade W. Tobin, disrupting furniture in his office and hurling unsavory remarks to the head of the school.

Teachers had expressed concern about the incident, which had reportedly led to a daring street fight, and had called on the Education Minister to take strong actions against more than ten students. At a meeting with teachers of the ESHS on November 18, 2013 the Minister had made an emphatic statement that he was not going to expel any student. Then in the House of Assembly on November 19, 2013 Hon. Walwyn announced that seven of the students would have been expelled.

In a recent press release from Government Information Service (GIS), it was announced that the Minister had revoked the expulsion order and the seven students were offered another chance at obtaining a certificate through the Alternative Secondary Education Programme.

Hon. Fraser at the time of responding to the question had said he was not officially aware of the decision by the Minister for Education to revoke the expulsion of the seven male students.  He did say, however, if that was the case Hon. Walwyn’s decision was ill informed from the get go. “…If that’s the case, that’s the only reason he would reverse the decision or unless the boss called and tell him to do it.”

According to Hon Fraser, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourble D. Orlando Smith has the power of his office to instruct ministers on any government related matters. Asked if he had been the Minister for Education if he would have expelled the students, Hon. Fraser said, “If I had been rich I would not have been standing here. I cannot answer that.”

He further explained that the position of Minister for Education is a very difficult job. “No one should jump into that mould and consider themselves an expert. It’s a learning experience being there.”

He said that former Minister for Education Hon. Andrew A. Fahie had an advantage having served in the position during a prior term. “And that advantage could be seen in the youths… and until any Minister for Education reaches to that point they are talking about people they are not talking to people.”

18 Responses to “Hon. Fraser criticises Hon. Walwyn’s flip-flopping on expulsion of students”

  • police officer west end (09/12/2013, 08:17) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    But mvw is the flip flop queen
  • ... (09/12/2013, 08:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

  • Jonese (09/12/2013, 08:48) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    People read, read and read with proper eyesight. It said they were transferred to the Alternative program under guidance and counselling, please stop trying to cause a ruckuss. They were not returned to the ESHS. I thought Faser had better sense.
  • Skeptic (09/12/2013, 10:14) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    An empty barrel makes the most noise.
    • @ Skeptic (09/12/2013, 10:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      for real that is why the iron lady minister always ah chat chat chat
  • Really? (09/12/2013, 10:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    “If I had been rich I would not have been standing here. I cannot answer that.”

    This says a whole lot. From the man himself, straight out his mouth!
    • OhKala (09/12/2013, 11:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Really, you NDP cow bird, Rich people dont understand the needs of the people, especially the lil man, so they couldnt last in politics like Fraser.
      • Really? (09/12/2013, 13:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Because I quote Mr Fraser I'm an NDP cowbird? Please tell me you're not that simple?
    • straight talk (10/12/2013, 07:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      It does say a lot...hope his lackeys listening....dis man jus told us where his loyalty lies...hurry get rich so we can see the last of you....
  • rattie (09/12/2013, 10:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    these young parents do not train their children.
  • dd (09/12/2013, 12:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hello! H e ll o! Anybody home,
  • what a thing (09/12/2013, 13:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't understand what he is trying to say cause it don't make no sense to me. the teachers going to school fearing for there life cause they don't what the kids in school have in store. why we have to fight among each other pure foolishness we need to work together as one. STOP THE VIOLENCE MAN.
    • finish (09/12/2013, 13:37) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      we need a new elections and a new minister of education bottom line
  • toe (09/12/2013, 19:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Democracy will only give you what you are willing to fight for. Good luck with that gang fraser
  • not speaking truth (09/12/2013, 21:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    The M of E said he didn't want to expel and putting them into an alternative program is the correct thing to do unless you want these kids to be standing on the street selling drugs. They are still expelled from the high school. Are the people of this district so thick they believe everything this man says? Educated yourselves and stopped being blinded by party crap.

  • ah bwoy (10/12/2013, 07:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There were street lights at the round-about in town-did the boss call and say remove them? the fact that they are no longer there make you Mr Frasier a 'flip flop'?...point is-this is a democracy-power to the people....come here talking bull...Mvw trying to save his people and nothing wrong with that-he jus smart enough to realize that if he safe them nobody gonna save he moved them to an alternative programme...didnt cost a $ to tax payers'-street lights at tge round-about did cost to install and stop acting as if u above reproach...bout flip flop...kmt

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