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Parents call for speedy recruiting of teachers for ESHS

- allege that some classes are without teachers since the beginning of the new school year
Parents of students of Elmore Stoutt High School are calling for a speedy hiring of teachers as, according to them, some classes have no teachers. Photo: VINO/File
Controversial Minister for Education and Culture has been criticised for prematurely implementing the 12th Grade Programme and causing a shortage of teachers at Elmore Stoutt High School. Photo: VINO/File
Controversial Minister for Education and Culture has been criticised for prematurely implementing the 12th Grade Programme and causing a shortage of teachers at Elmore Stoutt High School. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It’s just about two months that the Virgin Islands high school system took on an additional school year.

One of the biggest criticisms of the controversial 12th Grade Programme is that it was prematurely implemented by Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), with the final year students having to now be housed at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC), which in itself has presented many problems.

Another issue is the undue strain that has been brought on the schools, its administration, students, and parents and by extension the general community.

It has been said too that the lower Forms have been suffering with shortage of teachers, also blamed on the 12th Grade Programme.

It was just yesterday, November 7, 2016 that this news site was contacted and reminded by an aggrieved parent about the shortage of teachers at especially the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS).

“I have a child in the 1st form and up until this day they do not have a math teacher, not a music, or PE teacher, a math teacher. That is a main subject and there is no teacher for my child’s class,” said the woman.

Following the complaint by the parent this news site did make contact with several other parents and teachers of the very school who further confirmed the matter.

The woman said that several attempts were made by herself and several other parents to get from the administration of the school how many teachers are needed for the school to have its full complement of teachers but that effort has not yield much fruit.

“Recently they called us the parents of the first form student for a meeting only to discuss with us that our children are being ‘bad’. But what are they expecting when children from all walks of life are left unattended without a teacher for several periods per week,” alleged the woman.

She added, “I am not condoning the children being bad or disruptive not for one moment, some of us parents need discipline our children better but come right there and then we also asked the teachers what about the shortage of teacher that has our children left in the open for several periods and they could not give us any answer and had the gall to tell us the meeting was to solely discuss our children’s behaviour.”

Volunteer teachers needed?

While that parent pondered the availability of former Minister for Education Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R3) to possibly volunteer some time in taking up some math sessions at the high school, others expressed that this is something that the community needs to come together on and become volunteers to save the generation of tomorrow.

“All politics aside now, we have many well-educated persons in various subject areas who have the time on their hands that can come together and let us fill the gaps in our schools. These are the children who are going to be in the positions to run this country in years to come and if you allow them to fall through the cracks now woe be unto us in our rocking chairs,” added another parent.

At the start of the school year Acting Principal of the ESHS Ms Sandy M. Underhill had revealed that the school had employed some 24 new teachers and were in need of 14 more.

The student population at the leading secondary school in the territory has seen a 21 percent increase, having some 1,593 students.

Efforts to get an official comment from the Department of Education were not successful.

24 Responses to “Parents call for speedy recruiting of teachers for ESHS”

  • dog (08/11/2016, 18:27) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Another myron falure
  • Obviously (08/11/2016, 18:47) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The wall was more important
  • The TRUTH (08/11/2016, 18:48) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Now I am in the system and really tired of this. Schedule the blasted teachers properly and classes would not be without teachers. No more teachers are needed. Most of them teaching 1 and 2 class getting pay and them want to kill other teachers with work. Put the pressure on the Principal responsible to get it fix. Sandy stop friending up n put your foot down.
    • @THE TRUTH (08/11/2016, 22:09) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
      U aint in no system. And the last thing Sandy doing is friending up. This is education at its worst. Teachers are leaving because they are fed up. They are not given materials to work and class sizes are ridiculous. They are expected to teach their full load and take up the slack in the teacherless classes. How many of you would tolerate having to work through your lunch hour? Some teachers do.
      And having a class of unruly children does not help on top of it. Not having a teacher in your class is NO excuse to be loitering and disruptive. Some children behave well in front their parents and then give hell in school. To say that a child will only behave if a teacher is present means we as parents are failing in the discipline department. When you send your child out they are a reflection of you and your home. If the school says your child is misbehaving then handle the behavior of your child and remind her or him to be a leader not a follower. Just because everybody in the class talking doesn't mean they have to talk too. The principal is not responsible for placing teachers in your children's classes the department and ministry is!

      • ok (11/11/2016, 08:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You certainly ain't easy. Tell me now, you miss/mrr really expect children to sit in a room how many days per week without a teacher and be like statues? Your head in the clouds miss. You right, Underhill not responsible for recruiting teachers though. Those high flying ones in the ministry and that bald headed one need to pull up their socks.
        • @ ok (12/11/2016, 09:57) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
          Seriously?! The children are ALWAYS given something to do. Some do it and some choose not to just because a teacher is not there to stand over them like a slave driver. We are all in this shit hole of a decision whether we like it or not. Teachers, parents & children. So why is it thatTEACHERS are the only ones being tagged. Parents and students NEVER seem to think that they too have a part to play. The problem here is not teacher it is parent. YOU need to do your part and get us teachers some help by going to the ministry and department! We are not superheroes. You people expect us to teach, care, feed, rescue, discipline, and do every damn thing else that you as parents can't or fear to do and then hang us out to dry at the drop of the hat
    • in the system (08/11/2016, 23:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      That may be the case in your department but it's certainly not the case of most departments (especially the large ones).
      • @ in the system (09/11/2016, 13:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        i been in THIS system for 10 years! and I am still waiting for the BETTER!! I am working in a BIG department and it is uNderstaffed!! If things are good where you are then be glad, because it sure is a mess where I am. And that is not personal opinion, it is a FACT!! Some teachers are teaching 2 classes in one to accommodate the shortage right now.
      • @ in the system (09/11/2016, 19:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        I am also in a large dept and have double classes in order to make due. I have never had so many hours per week before. This year is very taxing on teachers and students alike. My student are printing notes for their classmates. It is embarrassing to come to class unprepared, however the children are not stupid, they know what is going on. I won't speculate on who is to blame, but I know this isn't right or feasible for much longer.
  • Myo (08/11/2016, 21:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    WOW! One thing I know is that teachers salary is the pits..Imagine after getting your Bachelors in education your salary is not even close to 3,000 a month
    • $$$ (10/11/2016, 17:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Myron gives a big speech about that every year for graduation and Professional Day........Long story short "We will not be paying you more money."

      $100 000 may not be able to sustain a junior minister but less than $30 000 should be able to adequately sustain you.
  • Eshs Teacher (08/11/2016, 23:05) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's about time that the parents get involved. I was wondering if your child/children report what's going on at school and if so, do you think it ok?. No math teacher, talk about the class that has four different teachers. The teachers are overworked with no resources to teach your children. Ok, Promethean Boards (in a few classrooms), no paper to print test, quiz or class work further more no copier. The school need shutting down, trust me. The teachers don't want to come to work to face these challenges, for which there seem to be no solution.
  • parent (09/11/2016, 09:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    trust me bfec in the same boat. classes without teachers
  • She working (09/11/2016, 10:27) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
    Sandy Working hard!!!!! #enough #said
    • parent (10/11/2016, 07:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      They don't even have enough Math teachers to cover the 1st former classes that are there. Some of the children are being hindered in 1st form. Teachers are telling the students they don't know anything about Math but yet they are teaching it???????? So who are they really sending to teach 1st form Math? How come only some of the classes has their own teacher that will be able to sync with them and others has to suffer day to day wondering who will be sent and if they will be able to sync with the students they are teaching. Our school system is failing our children and the Government needs to get it fixed FAST!
  • when you know talk (10/11/2016, 05:45) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    No one is perfect but Sandy is the best we have had since Elmore. Some people ALWAYS know how tight the shoe is when their ass ain't even wearing it. People need to be fair and stop trash talking people just cause you don't like them. Sandy is a good principal! I don't know how she is as a person but as a principal of the largest school in the BVI, she is doing well.BACK OFF
  • concern (10/11/2016, 11:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The most experienced teachers were chosen to focus on 12th grade, leaving the 10th graders with the introduction of new subjects to struggle. Parents & Principal need to look into the Science classes results. Something needs to be done ASAP. These are the students gearing for CXC. Parents need to discipline their kids too.
  • Truth (10/11/2016, 13:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm glad someone brought this to everyone's attention. My daughter told me that she has a class that her teacher does not come to school and send things to them instead of physically coming to school and has given my child a zero for her class. You all don't want me to come up there. This is non-sense.
    • truth 2 (12/11/2016, 13:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I want to know what grade these children going to get at the end of the term. Math is not the only subject needing teachers. Science too. My child has not had a regular teacher in over 3 weeks. And no one at the school cam give answers. I can't take no more of this shit. This is not why I got up at 4 am and went to the polling station to wait until 6am to vote. Its like you have a headache and no matter what you take there is no relief.....
  • Head in the clouds (11/11/2016, 08:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Y'all go on waiting for teachers. Myron, his chief education officer and the rest up there in the ministry have their heads in the clouds, while the poor children suffer.
    • @head in clouds (12/11/2016, 10:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Actually his head is up somewhere else. Arrogance is keeping him from jumping off this sinking ship. Grade 12 was a bad idea in an already strained system. We needed it but did not have the funds or human resources to manage it. He was told this BEFORE and he did not listen. I am beginning to think that he is too educated to hear what the mere mortals who are experts at education is saying. Is his image really this important? Some Children up that college taking 3 subjects for a year. Can you say waste of time?! But alas he can now be known as the first education minister to start grade 12. Hooray!
  • In the system 2 (11/11/2016, 11:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Teachers, we need to wake up!! Please! Let's come together and do what we have to do, because it is so obvious that the powers that be don't care about us. Other countries would have already done something, but some of us are too busy trying to kiss a--. WAKE UP TEACHERS! Only those in the kitchen knows how hot it is. Imagine not having the proper tools to do the government work, yet they want to be evaluating you for these same areas (what a load of crap). NO PRINTERS WORKING; NO COPIERS WORKING WHAT CRAZINESS? This school term is worse than last year! They are allowing it to happen because we are putting up with it and always finding a way to go somewhere to beg for copies. Imagine we have test to print and you are being told there is no paper. Imagine this is just the tip of the iceberg. You don't want to know the half. YOU NEED TO GET IT TOGETHER! PUT THIS INSTITUTION AS A PRIORITY!
    • @in the system too (12/11/2016, 13:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wakeup? You sure you in the system?? We don't get no damn sleep!! This weekend l went home with 4 stack of papers to mark. The smallest stack has 26 and its 4 pages per child. While this work load is normal I also have another stack at work for the te acherless class I have had to juggle. Teachers don't have time for one more thing. Parents this is your fight. The ministry don't see or hear us we are only the teachers. But they need to understand that without us lifting a finger we run ALL this mother!! If we decide to stay home 1 day I guarantee this territory would be able to catch itself. GOD DON'T LIKE UGLY
  • Fed Up (12/11/2016, 10:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    You walk into a shop not pleased with a product you bought and you curse the sales clerk because he doesn't give you the refund you think you should have. The sales clerk is not the owner of the business, he is just working. Now imagine the owner of the business is the ministry of education, sales clerk is the teacher and the product the children. Who to blame? Teachers follow directions from the ministry and department. We are TOLD what to do. These days an A is not even an A as a grade because our grade books are manipulated as well so results will look good. Imagine homework where students do MOST of the copying carries more weight than an exam. This place has become clownville. We are in a game where none of us know the next move but we know the look good by next election at the disposal of the children they so care for.

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