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‘Never be afraid to stand up for what’s right’- Anegada parent

- said improvements would have never come about @ the Claudia Creque Educational Centre if parents were passive
A parent of a child attending the Claudia Creque Educational Centre in Anegada has welcomed the improvements at the school and said progress may not have been possible had the parents ignored the issues. Photo: VINO/File
A new building that will house a science laboratory and two additional classrooms is being constructed in the compound of the Claudia Creque Educational Centre. Photo: VINO
A new building that will house a science laboratory and two additional classrooms is being constructed in the compound of the Claudia Creque Educational Centre. Photo: VINO
The plight of lack of classroom space came to the fore when this news site was present during a protest by parents of the school on May 4, 2015. The struggles of a teacher and her Integrated Science students at the school for Science class meant sitting out in the lobby every day. Photo: VINO/File
The plight of lack of classroom space came to the fore when this news site was present during a protest by parents of the school on May 4, 2015. The struggles of a teacher and her Integrated Science students at the school for Science class meant sitting out in the lobby every day. Photo: VINO/File
Parents as they gathered outside of the Claudia Creque Educational Centre in Anegada on May 4, 2015. Photo: VINO/File
Parents as they gathered outside of the Claudia Creque Educational Centre in Anegada on May 4, 2015. Photo: VINO/File
SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI – “Things are happening for the school,” said a parent of a child attending the Claudia Creque Educational Centre in Anegada as she alluded to the progress in train with the construction of a new building that will house a science laboratory and two additional classrooms.

“We must never be afraid to stand up for what we believe is right, if we didn’t take that step to protest God knows we would have still been waiting for any move in this direction but we as parent couldn’t take it no more, we protested, the authorities listened and acted,” said the parent while speaking with this news site on Monday September 14, 2015.

The plight of classroom space came to the fore when this news site was present during a protest by parents of the school on May 4, 2015. A teacher and her students had to sit in the lobby every day for Science class.

It was believed to be a strange, uncomfortable and unique situation in the entire territory and one which further had brought to light the scant regard given to the long list of issues affecting residents and the student population on the sister island.

Several issues were observed by this news site during the long hours spent at the school on Monday May 4, 2015. It could not have gone un-noticed how distracted the lone student in the Science “class” was at the time because of the traffic and surrounding noise emanating, especially from the classroom sessions in progress at the time.

The teacher was seen struggling to use her laptop as she had to be squinting and taking her head close up to the screen several times as she related her lesson to the senior grade child. The other tools were a very small white board, white board marker and a duster.

The teacher’s words, which obviously were not meant for the hearing of others around at the time but because of the ‘open air’ classroom space, were clear as she was overheard in a one-on-one discourse with a parent, “Since I came to this school, this is my class room and this is all I have, yes this is it.”

'Out of bad came good'

“Well out of a bad come good,” said a pleased parent. “We protested, some of us got bad friends even with people in the Ministry [of Education] but that’s all good because now they made some moves that are going to be working in the good for all the children and teachers.

“John Williamson gone, we have a new principal, we still got some bad eggs teachers but we hope they change their ways and let things run good. We not going to fight them, we’ll just try to work with them in the hope that they change but if no change you will see and hear of our actions because we are not going to settle for nonsense. This is a very small community and we have to find a way of working together for a common good,” added the very vocal parent.

It was also related to this news site that steps are afoot for the setting up an oversight committee that will sit over the management of the school.

“I think that’s another good thing because we as parents will have a representative or two on that committee,” the parent related.

9 Responses to “‘Never be afraid to stand up for what’s right’- Anegada parent”

  • Hmmm (17/09/2015, 10:19) Like (24) Dislike (5) Reply
    All I read about is parents coming forward with bad things about schools. You telling me none of these schools have anything positive for parents to report in the media? I'm not saying they shouldn't talk about the negatives, they should as that's how we solve problems. But how about we also highlight some positive things? Reading our local news you would swear nothing good comes out of our school system.
  • just asking.... (17/09/2015, 10:28) Like (45) Dislike (13) Reply
    Where is the photo minister in all this?
  • Voter Too (17/09/2015, 12:28) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    I hope I am not stepping on any toes but too many parents want to leave everything up to the education department or more so the schools. After school programs are provided in certain instance which is a great help but some are given home work or projects even though they call you for clarification it seems as they want the teacher to come to their homes and do the assignment for them.As a community we all have a part to play the church, the school,the home,etc but too many parents are not playing their roles. Take time out with your children a few minutes helps a great deal.Take time out with them is better than them serving time(prisons,hospitals,graves,etc).As you wash the clothes,hand or machine,cook,etc call them to read or Checkout their homework and if you can't ask someone to assist your child.(or older brother or sister).while going home on the bus Guide them in repeating our father,s prayers,23rd psalms,etc.Reach out a touch some body. Give assistance where necessary .
  • qc (17/09/2015, 12:44) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    THANK GOD FOR VINO
  • pop (17/09/2015, 15:25) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Deeds parents going get black listed
  • please (17/09/2015, 20:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    They only love anegada during election
  • VIlander (18/09/2015, 07:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is sad that a parent will refer to teachers in that manner. I guess you don't know better or don't care. The same people you refer to as bad eggs still have to care for your children. How do you expect the children to show respect for the teachers when you refer to them in that negative manner? All you are doing is poisoning your children and continuing the negativity. I pray that you see the error of your ways and change your attitude because you are dangerous.


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