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More parents go online for melee & gossip - Hon. Fahie

- says parents need to show similar enthusiasm for children’s education
More parents visit online news sites for ‘melee’ and gossip than those that actually visit for their children’s ‘Power School’ performance, according to First District Representative Hon. Andrew A. Fahie. Photo: VINO
Hon. Archibald C. Christian, told the students that they were not missing anything in their lives by not having Facebook accounts. He encouraged them to not succumb to peer pressure and to be themselves. Photo: VINO
Hon. Archibald C. Christian, told the students that they were not missing anything in their lives by not having Facebook accounts. He encouraged them to not succumb to peer pressure and to be themselves. Photo: VINO
Principal Sylvia Adams told the students that even though they were about to embark on a new journey in entering high school, they needed to remember that their work has just begun. Photo: VINO
Principal Sylvia Adams told the students that even though they were about to embark on a new journey in entering high school, they needed to remember that their work has just begun. Photo: VINO
The Isabella Morris Primary School graduating class of 2013. Photo: VINO
The Isabella Morris Primary School graduating class of 2013. Photo: VINO
Valedictorian K'Jae Thompson flashes a smile while on stage at the graduation exercise. Photo: VINO
Valedictorian K'Jae Thompson flashes a smile while on stage at the graduation exercise. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience at the graduation ceremony. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience at the graduation ceremony. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience at the graduation ceremony. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience at the graduation ceremony. Photo: VINO
The brilliantly decorated cupcakes that awaited students and teachers after the ceremony. Photo: VINO
The brilliantly decorated cupcakes that awaited students and teachers after the ceremony. Photo: VINO
CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI – More parents visit online news sites for ‘melee’ and gossip than those that actually visit for their children’s ‘Power School’ performance, according to First District Representative Hon. Andrew A. Fahie.

Hon. Fahie made the disclosure during a graduation exercise held for the Isabella Morris Primary School at the Cane Garden Bay Community Centre yesterday, July 3, 2013. He was issuing congratulatory remarks to the graduating class at the time.

He added, “Even if [parents] don’t know how to use the computer, they have people print out the news for them…” He told parents that the same kind of determination was required in dealing with their children’s grades.

Power School is a web based technology, which allows parents, teachers and administrators to manage and use data related to students and the school stored in an electronic format.

The former Education Minister urged the students to remember to ‘dream big’ and to study while others are sleeping. True success, he related, is not determined by one’s wealth and even though money has its place, it should not be replaced by principles.

He endorsed the concepts of working hard and believing in prayer telling the students that he saw them as lawyers, politicians and stars through his lens. He also encouraged them to continue the work ethic that they displayed at Primary Five when they arrived at high school.

Hon. Fahie also made a special appeal to parents at the graduation exercise, “A lot of parents work hard with their children up to Primary Five and then start to disappear when they reached to high school, and it’s something that boggles my mind because that is the time you’re going to need to be with them more than ever.”

Guest speaker, Hon. Archibald C. Christian, told the students that they were not missing anything in their lives by not having Facebook accounts. He encouraged them to not succumb to peer pressure and to be themselves.

The At-Large Representative also told the students to talk to their parents about any and everything and asked parents to be aware of what their children were listening to and doing on the internet. “There is a sea of information on the internet, both good and bad,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Principal Sylvia Adams told the students that even though they were about to embark on a new journey in entering high school, they needed to remember that their work has just begun.

Ten students graduated from the school with the Valedictorian emerging as K’Jae Thompson and Salutatorian being Klemon Thompson.

20 Responses to “More parents go online for melee & gossip - Hon. Fahie”

  • ABC (04/07/2013, 08:17) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    good going Fahie!
  • Agree (04/07/2013, 08:38) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    As usual, Fahie you are on point.
  • Excellent (04/07/2013, 08:40) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    I say congratulations to all IMPS graduates. The graduation was awesome. I really loved the speeches especially the one given by Hon. Fahie.
    • block (05/07/2013, 06:32) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      ndp always trying to set-up fAHIE for the slaughter BUT TIS NOT WORKING!
  • ausar (04/07/2013, 08:41) Like (6) Dislike (21) Reply
    So Hon. Fahie is now the Minister of Education?

    I tell you, problems never ceases, but daily increases!!
    • Major Hollee (04/07/2013, 09:49) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Good that they enjoyed their Graduation Ceremony and I say congratulations to all students. I always attend but my good conscience did not give me the courage this time. The politics in that school will drive anyone sick, not the mold.
    • Teachers (04/07/2013, 14:57) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      who said he was????..he just happen to be more popular than Myron
    • bay yute (04/07/2013, 18:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Some people are just deaf ,blind and mentally challenged like ausar
  • man down (04/07/2013, 09:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats K'Jae!! KT and your Mom must be proud. You have always been a great kid, continue to do good things and make them proud!
  • @ Ausar (04/07/2013, 09:47) Like (2) Dislike (16) Reply
    With what is going on most of us wish he was! BAM
    • We Know (04/07/2013, 14:11) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      ...but he is not! It is time to get over it and move on, you looser.
    • talk girl talk (04/07/2013, 14:11) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      not to worry he will be education minister again in just two years..Fahie is the best thing for the education system
      • Strupes (04/07/2013, 14:45) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
        get real! amazing how our own people settle for mediocre actions and results!! until there is a curriculum in place to guide the education system then will i say that there is progress. Myron, Fahie, Black and Eileen have a lot to answer to for the handling of the education system of the BVI.
  • nickle-dime (04/07/2013, 10:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hehehehehe...I SEE JOANNE!!!
  • gg (04/07/2013, 11:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All the best students
  • RedStorm (04/07/2013, 13:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats to all the kids, and I hope that one day the school experience a 100% passed for the Student. It's indeed a joyous day to have the children seen in their gown. The head line need to be more of a subject relating to the children and not the parents. If Mr. Education man think so it should not been said, for this fact he is an educated person therefore generalizing the parents bares no relevant to the graduation, when educated people speak, they must do so with eloquence, not with the intent to make people feel small. I am glad that to see young people and their parents are investing in their education. Kudos to the children and parents.
  • Martian (04/07/2013, 16:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Firstly I congratulate all the graduates on successfully passing their Primary 5 Exams. Well done and keep focused on the next journey of your lives because education is very important.

    Now, I have been to graduations all over the place, and I must say these BVI graduation ceremonies need to be kept in check. There is no way in hell a graduation for thirty something, twenty something or eighty something PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS need to go on and on for hours. Especially when some of these speeches want to make you barf. Keep the focus on the children and respect people's time. It is the day for the graduates not everybody else with their own hidden agendas. Keep the graduations on a time schedule for god and heaven sake.
    • To Marian & others (05/07/2013, 07:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      IMPS graduation was very short & to the point & the focus was on the children so I realize that you didn't attend but just talking from your head.
  • Real (05/07/2013, 06:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I for that.


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