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Parents upset about lack of teachers @ BFEC

- claimed 9th graders without Science, Math & Art teachers
The Bregado Flax Educational Centre on Virgin Gorda is reportedly hit with a shortage of teachers. Photo: VINO
Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (left) continues to be lambasted for prematurely implementing the 12th Grade Programme into public schools. Right: Principal of Bregado Flax, Ms Glenda I. A. Stevens. Photo: VINO/Facebook
Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (left) continues to be lambasted for prematurely implementing the 12th Grade Programme into public schools. Right: Principal of Bregado Flax, Ms Glenda I. A. Stevens. Photo: VINO/Facebook
It is not clear by how many teachers are still needed at Bregado Flax Educational Centre. Photo: VINO
It is not clear by how many teachers are still needed at Bregado Flax Educational Centre. Photo: VINO
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – The hastily implementation of the additional school year, along with a shortage of teachers, is now taking toll on the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) on Virgin Gorda.

“They say education is very important, they need to do the thing the right way. They honestly need to take some time and reconsider this new class,” a parent told this news site, noting that her statement expresses the firm belief of parents of (BFEC) students.

A number of parents of students of BFEC called our newsroom late yesterday afternoon September 27, 2016 expressing their frustration with the shortage of teachers at the school.

Relating the issues directly one said, “We have a situation at the Bregado Flax Educational Centre where the children themselves are complaining that they don’t have any Math, Science or Art teachers,” said a concerned parent.

This is especially with the Ninth Grade students, according to the parents.

Efforts to confirm this information with Ms Glenda I. A. Stevens, the school’s principal, were unsuccessful as she could not be reached for comments up to press time.

9th Grade suffering for 12th Grade students?

According to the parent, who spoke for the most part for the other parents, said “they just recently get rid of some teachers and now teachers have to go and teach the grade 12 students which is unfair. How will they grade them accordingly at the end of this term? Especially Math and Science which are very important subjects.”

She also alleged, “They took teachers out of the system totally, who are still here in the Territory but seeking other employment. The government didn’t renew a lot of teachers’ contracts this year. So now the teachers that they have are now scheduled to go to the college in Virgin Gorda to teach the grade 12 students.”

According to another parent, they are concerned that their children now without teachers for the subjects are left with lots of idle time in class and playing a lot because they have nothing to do and no teacher to attend to them.

Parents alleged that the matter came up at a recent meeting at the school, September 26, 2016, when they were told by the Principal that her hands are currently tied as there is nothing she can do other than sit and wait. “And I understand her position she can’t go and bring in teacher for herself, she has to depend on the Department of Education to send her teachers or instruct her to bring back those they sending to the 12 graders at the college.”

But another said, “But come on she should go to the classes and assist…It’s a situation now if the children have Math as the first subject for the morning the children don’t care to go to school until for the next period. In some cases, too some children go home earlier than the regular time.”

Can’t reach Hon Walwyn?

Adding to the frustration of the parents, they said they have been making valiant efforts to get an audience with the Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn but to no avail. “He was here in Virgin Gorda today (yesterday) and he didn’t even go over to the school. One parent said she tried to reach him to see if he could go over to the school and talk to the Principal so we could at least get some answers but he never answered. He went to the Admin building for about two hours and he was gone.”

Those parents are of the view that the government should not have gone ahead with the additional school year just yet but rather should have taken some more time to prepare before implementation. “If the Minister know he wasn’t ready he should have at least try to take a little more time."

35 Responses to “Parents upset about lack of teachers @ BFEC”

  • cay (28/09/2016, 09:55) Like (36) Dislike (6) Reply
    Funny man has made ah mess of education
  • VG (28/09/2016, 10:12) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    what else is new?
  • SMH (28/09/2016, 10:23) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    another failure by myrun
  • Sips Tea (28/09/2016, 10:39) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    you can't blame him, perhaps his mind is on Billboards at the moment......
  • Snap (28/09/2016, 10:49) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    They have to see the S##t flying around the room to realize that their idea was indeed a S##tty one! Smhh
  • $$ (28/09/2016, 11:04) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everybody want but nobody want to pay. More to come....
  • Guidance (28/09/2016, 11:55) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bregado Flax alone. It is the same thing at Elmore Stoutt High School. They killing the teachers by expecting them to substitute for missing teachers and they don't have time to prepare for their classes.

    I can't believe that parents would sit back and allow this to happen to their children. Parents is this fair to your child/children:
    1. Splitting them up and putting them with other teachers thereby having 40 plus children in one class.
    2. Having different teachers for same subject who cannot give them their all because they have their
    assigned classes to deal with.
    3. Having no teachers on some days missing out on learning.
    Fahie was trying to get the Minister to say so in the House of Assembly and he avoided the question. He kept saying 12 grade has all the teachers but Minister does the grade 7 to 11 have all the teachers. I can't believe that the teachers are sitting back an allowing this to go on. I don't have high school aged children but if I did I would be kicking up a storm in my children's defence. You parents and teachers have to do better. Teachers stop covering up the wrong that is going on in the education system. Friday marks the end of September and the Elmore Stoutt High School still does not have all the necessary teachers in place. That is BULL you know what.

  • Citizen (28/09/2016, 12:27) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Anegada short teachers as well. Need to change the principal as well.
    • myrpn clone (28/09/2016, 23:49) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Leave myrone chips alone i hear all she does is beautification.........closed office. Twice i went to her .....well by now i know she knows who I am
      ...finally got your attention .

      I know you r reading between closed office and whatsapp maybe throw in a third....while i am knocking your door....why u chose the job??????
      • Not Impressed (30/09/2016, 07:28) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        Educ department can protect you all they want. But what they fail to realize you do not hesitate to throw them under the bus when parents are upset. Was at the meeting yesterday, sure shortage of teachers may not be your fault (but then we know it is lol) but what is your excuse for not filling in? Too good to teach?
  • Concerned (28/09/2016, 13:22) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    im surprised this article didnt talk about the electricity issues that school is having. the place is so hot, no fans, no AC and mosquitoes everywhere. How can the children concentrate on their studies under such harsh conditions?
  • i from here (28/09/2016, 13:50) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Myron you did well as a first time Minister in the first election, this was shown at the polls, you received the most votes.

    It appears this has gone to your head, and you know your pension is now set! You are now taking us the people as fools.

    You get a F for your performance this time around! You honestly need voting out! You need to learn a hard lesson, we the people are your BOSS! You are not ours!
  • Fr fr (28/09/2016, 15:20) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    You all need to shut up. The principal goes to class and substitute. The problem is the ministry don't plan ahead. There are not enough furniture for the classes, not enough teachers, no water fountains, the students stand in the hot sun for assembly like goats etc. These are things that the ministry needed to look into as school closed. The minister was at the school yesterday but my child said he only stayed for 5 minutes and didn't go to all the classes. The staffroom is in a state, only 1 male and female bathroom for students. The place is in a mess.
    • Sick & Tired (28/09/2016, 20:06) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      The MINISTRY!!
      They have two hogs who need to go work with animals working in the Human Resirces Unit - CP and HR. All they do is frustrate the teachers and come in the open floor and bad talk teachers. They both need to be removed from Human Resources especially CP.
    • @Fr fr (01/10/2016, 04:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      They need to look into that teachers Service Commission. There are a number of persons that can be hired as teachers but they (especially one) find faults with most of our well educated future teachers and turn them away. First time in my life I see our own being turn down for a teacher job for nonsense excuse. As little as the salary is, there are still some who really wants to teach. That commission is a joke
  • funny funny (28/09/2016, 16:19) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
  • hm (28/09/2016, 17:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is SAD! BEYOND SAD
  • WHY? WHY? (28/09/2016, 18:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    he is travelling to VG without hubert? Is he irrelevant too?
  • Observer (28/09/2016, 20:49) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    FIVE (5) seasoned/experienced/well-qualified teachrs were given their marching orders at the end of the last school year from that institution. I was under the distinct impression that there were qualified returning BVIslanders ready, willing and eager to come in to fill the void.
    "The blind leading the blind." A watered-down version of an education system; a mediocre system that stagnates the potential of students, making then unable to compete ANYWHERE in the world. Do they notice the kind of results that students in the other territories in the Caribbean are achieving in CSEC exams, while they are left light-years behind???!!!
  • cay (28/09/2016, 21:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poor we ndp must go
    • HHMMMM (29/09/2016, 08:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      That's all the comments you can make... but when come election time you all a$$$ get pay off by them (politicians)and yet still you all put them back in...Da@@ fool as they(politicians) all call you.....
  • we dont know what we want (28/09/2016, 23:42) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Are we as confused as the children? Bvi i believe we are too closely related.....tohose are the same teachers the kods complained about.....didnt you parents claim that they cannot teach....look at the kids who are doing the work...sure their parents not complaining....those who are constant grads repeaters and toublemakers...sure bet they will complain......(
  • Myron ain't the problem (29/09/2016, 10:13) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply

    The problem lies in the Department....the CEO and the Minister needs to look into those two there sinking the ship. They bring down people too much man.

  • Teacher at BFEC Secondary (29/09/2016, 10:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just a little clarification, the principal was NOT at the PTA meeting. So I don't know what you all are trying to prove by saying that you all were told by the principal in a meeting that her hands are tied. This is beyond ridiculous now.
  • smarty pants (29/09/2016, 14:32) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Could be them had a private meeting??.. Regardless she suppose to be a substitute to teach when the teachers is unavailable... ALL PRINCIPALS!!! Lets Talk EDUCATION....I WORKS IN THE EDUCATION DEPT!!!
  • Lily Ann (29/09/2016, 20:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is Mrs Glamazon doing about it??
  • Fedupofthebs (30/09/2016, 09:05) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    For the principal to say her hands are tied is a very poor excuse. She can bring in teachers to teach the students and by doing that i bet you see how fast you will get a reaction from the education dept and Myron himself. Sometimes you have to ruffle a few feathers to get the job done.
    • Me (09/10/2016, 12:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you good in your head? she can't do that and then no job. she can be fired for that
  • Kids are suffering (30/09/2016, 18:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Quit bickering every last one of you and do something about the situation! These kids deserve better. Fight for your rights, quit hiding on social media and get together for a constructive protest. No way this would have gone on fir long in some countries. Grow up and fight for your rights to a proper education for your children.
    • Hhmm (01/10/2016, 00:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The problem is bvi too small. Every body related. Taking a stand will mean going against a family member in fact more than one family member. And some people don't have the gonads to do it. No body wants to fire their cousin or tell their brother he is executing the plan wrong.
  • Lord help us all (01/10/2016, 00:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    @kids are suffering. You are so right all they do is blah blah blah on social media. How could the ministry of education get rid of qualified teachers when they know they don't have replacement. I really thought that there were newly installed BV islanders out of college that were coming on to replace the teachers they sacked. This is the height of madness. They say that kids are our future but with the level of education or lack thereof that these kids are receiving, our future looks really dim. Imagine you even have teachers who after getting at least 6 weeks vacation time going off again for an entire week at the beginning of school but I guess the fancy head in the anegada school ain't have a problem with that. Ayo corner dark
  • So tired (01/10/2016, 00:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The grade 12 is a mess too! Children up at the college taking 3 classes when they could have graduated and started college, and then the rest of their time is spent in "study hall". Children up there with grade 1 & 2 in CXC math and English taking college prep math and English classes that are not even equivalent to CXC but lower. Teaching rooms in adequate classes overcrowded, and the list goes on and on. They will say this is lie but l live it everyday!!
  • run (01/10/2016, 01:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I bet any money all walwyn children have eacher4in their classes.

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