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Hon Walwyn defends poorly implemented 12th Grade Programme

The controversial Minister for Education Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) has been blasted for what some may say are poor planning and execution of the 12th Grade Programme. Photo: VINO/File
12th Grade students of Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) have been placed at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) in Paraquita Bay since the facility is not yet in place for the hastily implemented extra year programme. Photo: VINO/File
12th Grade students of Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) have been placed at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) in Paraquita Bay since the facility is not yet in place for the hastily implemented extra year programme. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) stopped short of pulling out a trumpet and pelting some notes when he announced that an unpopular decision to implement the 12th Grade Programme in the public high school system by the Ministry that he heads is now being given serious consideration across the region.

The controversial Minister has been blasted for the poor planning and execution of the programme, since all the facilities are not in place, creating a logistical havoc with the shortage of teachers and the 12th Grade students of Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) having to be placed at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) in Paraquita Bay, among others.

Speaking on the radio programme- NDP Radio on 780 AM ZBVI on Monday April 3, 2017 Hon Walwyn said the Virgin Islands (UK) is leading the region in education, at least in that area.

“When you guys were talking earlier I was saying to myself that I have the most important job in the country, but then I said to myself that perhaps Honourable Ronnie. W. Skelton (Minister for Health and Social Development) would say if you not alive you could not study. But the goal and development that we continue to do in the country, if we don’t have proper human resource, that’s where the education component counts and we have been doing a lot of extensive work in education, of course trying to make education relevant to what is happening in the Virgin Islands in the region,” he remarked.

He continued, saying that this is to be able to better prepare students and the people to not just to make a living for themselves but to use education as currency to improve the community in which they live, “To make sure that it is a force for justice, to make sure that it is culturally enriched, so that’s what our whole education program has been built on.”

VI leading the way in education in the region?

According to Hon Walwyn, he recently returned from a human resource strategy session that is being undertaken by CARICOM when part of the discussion began looking like they were singing from his hymn sheet.

“Funny enough I just came yesterday from a Human Resource Development Strategy session that is being done by CARICOM, looking at how we are going to use the young people, because 43 percent of the population in the Caribbean is made up of young people, how we are going to use them as an engine for progress in our respective countries,” he said.

During the discussion, when everyone took a look at the presented strategy, “the Permanent Secretary (Dr Marcia Potter) and I looked across from each other and smiled to each other because a lot of the things that they are talking about we have already done them.”

He continued, “There was a very long discussion for about half an hour on adding a year or two to the school system because students were not adequately prepared, when you looked at the results coming out they tied back some of it to the maturity of students and so forth. And then I said to myself, well that’s very interesting because we have already done this. So I think that was very good that we had done some of the things and we are in the right direction.”

43 Responses to “Hon Walwyn defends poorly implemented 12th Grade Programme”

  • ace (04/04/2017, 14:03) Like (20) Dislike (7) Reply
    That 12 grade implementation need to be repealed. It's waste of the children's and parents money and time, the children need to move on in getting ahead in life, as we see nothing today is free or even cheap for that matter, the sooner they get a head start the better for these kids of today. I have two kids one behind the other about about to graduate in couple years, that extra year will indeed be a drastic strain on me. Instead of spending money on extra school year, that can go towards their college education. Waste of time!
    • @ace (10/04/2017, 13:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree that the 12th grade implementation was a poorly executed idea but it is a necessary idea nonetheless. Lectures became more than fed up with students, in their tertiary level of education, not being able to write/construct a simple paragraph. It had insult to injury when these same students, who are unable to construct a simple paragraph, are not bottom of the barrel students but rather honor students. As a minister of education what do you do then? What do you do when the BVI's education system is considered to be one of the lowest among caribbean? Before executing an idea like this he should have taken more time and research to make sure that all the proper facilities would be in place without crippling the territory but something had to be done.
  • Observant one (04/04/2017, 14:14) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    We not buying the spin from walwym deman
    • Reply (04/04/2017, 20:01) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      i agree and I know next election willock will be his match as he cannot mimic or answer everything jw is doing.
  • boy go siddung (04/04/2017, 14:21) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    he aint tire tell lies strupps
    • teacher john (04/04/2017, 20:25) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      There is only one person responsible here for the 12 grade mess: Myrun Walwyn
  • Yes (04/04/2017, 14:23) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr. Walwyn, the BVI is NOT leading the way in "that area". SMH
  • youths for willock (04/04/2017, 14:24) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    he has made a mess out of the education system now last night talking piss SMH
  • voter (04/04/2017, 14:32) Like (8) Dislike (20) Reply
    The controversial Minister as you call him will once again get the highest number of votes when elections are held again. Unlike the blogs where it's one man, 100 posts, election time it's one man, one vote!
    • Sure (04/04/2017, 16:47) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
      Only from those who want to naturalize their whole family and think they have nothing to lose.
    • Outspoken (04/04/2017, 17:53) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      @voter, you might be right because he will surely get people like you vote who he have in his pocket. Some of you people just blind folded
  • SMH (04/04/2017, 14:47) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    he put his ego ahead of what is best for the children
  • Grinch (04/04/2017, 14:57) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just say it was not plan good and learn from your mistakes.
  • REALLY.... (04/04/2017, 15:15) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    CARICOM is looking to spend millions of dollars on a single wall and leave schools without supplies and toilet paper? You are way ahead of them minister....
  • student (04/04/2017, 15:59) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
    Repeating a class you already passed is a great idea. Only Walwyn could think of such foolishness. Are the students taking advanced physics, calculus or computer science to prepare them for careers in science and technology? No, they're simply repeating last year's course. Wow!! You can't make this stuff up.
  • Jack B Nimble. (04/04/2017, 16:24) Like (23) Dislike (11) Reply
    I'm for the 12th grade. Here is why.. One less year on the street for an imature teenager. One more year to grow up and mature. One more year to learn social and conflict skills. (hope that extra year will focus on social and conflict skills). One more year to learn more, to appreciate more...I think the 12th grade is a great thing if uterliize correctly...
    • agreed (04/04/2017, 20:27) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      So much the worse for us in the BVI education system, and for our legacy now who will want to follow this?
    • @jack be nimble (04/04/2017, 20:48) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
      Honey if you have reached to grade 12 and don't have these skills then 1 more year in school won't do much for you. School can't teach you everything, some has to come from home and experiences you have in your life. Schools teach you kids to solve conflicts with your head, yet most of you use your fist, guns or some other weapon. Schools teach you to report any bullying issues you have immediately, but instead you listen to your parents who tell you to get a stick bigger than the bully's. parents and students complain about the uniform rules, but yet some of these same children end up working in the bank which has a severely strict dress code, and they don't complain there. If young people don't change their views of their lives then they will not appreciate the efforts of school. The mind is a powerful thing who is in control of yours?
    • you J**k @4$ (04/04/2017, 21:38) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
      The students should be completing their first year in college, instead of being frustrated in this manner. This stupid policy is what is causing the young people to turn to crime. The students are angry that they are repeating the same set of courses that they already had. This sort of thing is what causes the psychological trauma that causes the students and young people to turn to crime. Get a brain, Jack B Nimble, students have been succeeding with one year per grade for generations.
      • @you Jack ass. Hatefully blind. (05/04/2017, 12:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        @you Jack ass. You are not an ass but your hatred for the messenger has blinded you your dislike for the messenger has plugged your ears to reasoning.. I wonder why. Why? You so fill with hate and envy..
        • you J**k @4$ (05/04/2017, 22:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

          What I said has nothing to do with the messenger, but everything to do with the message. Look, let us be reasonable, say you got an A or B in a class, you are rightly pleased and exited as you should be and looking forward to taking the next higher course only to be told you have to repeat this course because the minister of education said so. Now be honest, how would you feel? No one wants this for themselves or their children. This sort of misguided policy only leads to frustration and psychological trauma. And this is what causes students to drop out and turn to crime.

          I also don't believe Dr. Potter looked at Mr. Walwyn in approval of this policy. That would be like her advisor telling her: "I know you have your BS and your MA but in order to get your Phd., you have to repeat your BS and your MA before you can study for the PhD.". What sense would that make?

          Do not marry your party nor your representatives just for trinkets because in the end their only interest is their own careers and self importance. I do not hate or envy anyone, I only hate stupid ideas.

    • Still immature (06/04/2017, 05:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Those 12th graders ain't learn one thing in terms of maturity in that one year, they have gotten worse.
  • Ghost in a Post (04/04/2017, 16:40) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    When ignorance is bliss it is a folly to be wise. What this man know about education curriculum.
    • zoe (04/04/2017, 20:04) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      This has got to be the biggest joke about the Caribbean is following us. the day he becomes Premier the whole BVI empty. BAM
  • Jacperlance (04/04/2017, 17:46) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Which region this lying backside talking about. That is something that has been in existence in the region from time immemorial. It was used as a form for doing "A" Level subjects until most recent times when most caribbean countries replaced the 6th Form with Community colleges. So who this man think he can fool, with his self praise tactics.
  • wize up (04/04/2017, 18:08) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    modern day VI: black on black crimes and black on black old talk: can't we just move away from the stupid levels of conversation because the talk not fixing our concerns: most of these topics/headlines are politically motivated....
  • qc (04/04/2017, 19:59) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    I will not be voting for he every again. Waste of time
  • cay (04/04/2017, 20:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    funny man wants to make up lost more revenue?
  • not hand to mouth (04/04/2017, 20:22) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are lots of financial incentive to want to be and stay in power
    • Jacperlance (05/04/2017, 05:51) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @not hand to mouth. Financial incentives? I guess you meant to say kick-backs. All of them is guilty of it. Over 30 million over spent on the pier park, can you just for a moment imagine what the kickback looks like
      • Common Sense (05/04/2017, 09:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        That is the simple reason I want them out of power and locked up. They have the country held hostage economically close to bankruptcy after 30 million is unaccounted for just for that project, 7 million for a stupid airplane that can't fly yet and millions disappearing from their health thiefing scheme.

        We here can't get our increments nor raise.

        I AM UPSET! GOVERNOR LOCK THEM TO HELL UP!
        • wize up (05/04/2017, 14:32) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
          @ common sense: can you say dictatorship: my question: do they get locked up after repaying our tax money or lock them up for 5 years then make them pay back the tax payers money
  • Honestly (05/04/2017, 07:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I thought he was going to state that there will be some modification to the curriculum to work better with the Labourer needs of the territory in order to better manage and improve human resources. I also thought he was going to say that he and the CEO smiled because they gained some tips for using finances strategically to enhance infrastructure and increase resources that are meaningful and necessary to accommodate learners of this and future generations.

    What campaigns can we use to remove the stigma from technical vocations, which is what encourages the high demand for work permits? How can we develop the service industry and move away from "trying" to cater to the international tourist before we improve on domestic and regional tourism? How have we used education to move away from imperialism so as to foster better appreciation for a variety of jobs that are available but undesirable? Education is very important and it is being under-utilized in the building of this territory because we are never sure what model we should follow to suit our own needs.
  • WHY? (05/04/2017, 12:55) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    I sent so much hate / dislike Envy for Myron. To the point where it's consuming their reasoning..
  • satan (05/04/2017, 13:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    LOOK HIS FACE THE FACE OF THE DEVIL WIT BLOOD RED EYES
  • Forbidden Truth (05/04/2017, 20:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    This man should be nominated for @4$ Jack n h*l* of the year.

  • @Honestly (05/04/2017, 23:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Government can spend a billion on education and programs but unless the attitudes and mentality changes for some of our young people as it relates to jobs and responsibility, we will be issuing more and more permits as our economy grows. Sometimes its not necessarily that the expat is 'better' but many times you have people coming from other countries where things are not the best and therefore they come here hungry to get ahead.
  • Can someone please tell me (05/04/2017, 23:25) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why we are implementing a grade system (US) system when we are a BRITISH territory? Furthermore, can someone please tell me what is being being done in thst extra year if not AP classes or college courses? Why is it children now need an extra year to do the same work that everyone else who came before them in less time? Are we on the cutting edge of education if the work and grading is easier, the topics are fewer and the time is longer?
  • Mark Twain (06/04/2017, 10:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
  • fat man (06/04/2017, 12:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Red eyes yuck!
  • 12th Grader (07/04/2017, 09:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man had you all so brainwashed. When the idea was first brought about, his reason was because we were to immature. When the idea was brought by a second time, it was because we were not ready for the working world. When the idea was brought up the final time, it was so we would have more time to complete the CXC syllabus. The same syllabus that has BEEN being completed in two years for the MANY years before us?

    The plan is so we can finish the syllabus, but what about those of us who have already finished the syllabus before "12th grade"? We were given 3 tracks.

    Regular School. These might be the only people benefiting from the year as they have a full schedule and are just completeing the same classes theyve always been doing.
    Dually Enrolled. These students take HLSCC Math and English. Majority of them were intially failing do to the constant back and forth between levels of education. These might be the only people benefitting from being on the HLSCC campus.
    And finally CAPE Students. These students take a CAPE class, taught by an ESHS teacher (who has no experience in teaching the course and is learning thenselves) and for many of them this only one of the 3-4 classes on their shedule. They have days where they have only one class and are sent to the library for study hall, which they are then kicked out of weekly due to other students taking it as a hiding space for skipping and too much noise.

    People always complain about the terrible conditions on the ESHS campus, but never seem to get to the HLSCC campus where classes are thought with the graduates as they are held under the big graduation tent, due to the moldy trailers that are designated for classrooms. They never say anything about the terrible staff who look at us as just high school students but fail to realize that without 12th grade we would be in the same place under different circumstances.

    This year is very irrelevant and as a CAPE student it is a waste of my time. After sending a year under the terrible conditions of the HLSCC campus what makes you think that those of us with the choice are going to attend next year? What makes you think that we are going to follow traditon and waste another two years of our lives to become the next BVIslander with an associates degree?

    If your doing something, do it right! Why are we a British Overseas Territory using a grade system? Why are we a Caribbean island but we can't even implement a Caribbean education system the right way? Why are we a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean seeking accreditation from an American association? This island is so backwards! And the reason why we will never be able to move forward is because we keep holding each other back!


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