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Preston Stoutt calls for investigation into 98% pass rate

- Says it's needed for sake of children’s future
One hundred and eighty three students graduated from the ESHS this year. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Stoutt is running an independent candidate in the 1st district.
Stoutt is running an independent candidate in the 1st district.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Independent candidate for the 1st district Preston Stoutt is calling for an investigation into the 98 pass rate for school leavers, citing it is a measure to protect the education of future students.

In a press release issued to the public, Stoutt stated that in June of 2011, the Minister of Education, Andrew Fahie made a statement about the territory’s educational success that quickly came under public fire. The controversy stemmed from Fahie’s claims that the secondary graduation rate had reached 98.5 percent.

Within days, Hon. Fahie was being called out by parents and other citizens of the BVI who questioned not only the integrity of the claim, but for the Minister to provide hard facts to prove the claim. To date, those figures have never been released publicly with Fahie only asking citizens to take him at his word, the release added.

“Mr. Fahie has had four months to address these concerns and provide hard facts to the questions by reasonable residents. Another school year has begun and we are still waiting on Mr. Fahie to come through with honest answers,” Stoutt pointed out. “Our government system is broken and we can no longer just accept them at their word . . . no more will we accept their claims that ‘the check is in the mail’. Government officials like Mr. Fahie need to be more transparent, accountable and fair and it must begin with the truth about educational outcomes.”

The press release added, even after Minister Fahie was approached by the media seeking answers, he was quoted in a June 20, 2011 Platinum News article saying that “I don’t deal with the day to day operations of the Department [of Education] and the entire process of exams.”

Stoutt believes such statements demonstrate how out of touch Mr. Fahie has become.

“How can the Minister of Education not deal with day-to-day operations of the Department of Education? Those ‘operations’ are clearly with in his purview and oversight. You can’t just walk around with big title and not accept the big responsibilities that come with it,” he added.

By contrast, Preston Stoutt has put forth a comprehensive and public plan to address education reforms that he will seek out as member of the House of Assembly:

29 Responses to “Preston Stoutt calls for investigation into 98% pass rate”

  • hello (26/10/2011, 10:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you for bringing this back to peoples attention. This is why he needs to go
    • ** (26/10/2011, 15:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Preston needs to investigate himself. Investigate why when Althea Scaliffe had volunteers painting the school you passed by took a brush and had a picture taken pretending that you were assisting. You are fake. Go rest youself.
    • OUTSTANDING (27/10/2011, 06:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      • Ignorance is Bliss (27/10/2011, 11:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        you are OUTSTANDINGLY "IGNORANT" chatting the hite of shite you do! You mean to tell me that a not properly organized lunch program is progress? Do the damn thing properly! Lowering the pass grade standard for our students is progress? My boy/gyul......GET A LIFE! Our education system is not up to standard..........teachers and students alike are saying so!!!! The truth pill you can't seem to swallow! Good to Great is JOKE!!!!!!
  • Ro (26/10/2011, 10:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I totally agree, Preston you thinking like an NDP
  • Ro (1) (26/10/2011, 10:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The grades were lowered so badly that an F is so low it should be a G. May thats were they get from Good the Great. All these GGGGGG's
  • CAPPOONS BAY (26/10/2011, 11:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Preston EXCELLENT WORK !!! Andrew we have had enough of your nonesense. You have done a total injustice to our children and grandchildren (the future of our community), by tampering with our educational system. You have used our children as guineapigs for your political gain and for that we are FURIOUS.... we will vote you out Come Nov 7th, we will !!!! BYE BYE Andrew and please repent !!!
  • yellow (26/10/2011, 11:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    • Guess Again (26/10/2011, 12:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Preston's late father was a strong advocate of excellence in education. Lavity would be rolling in his grave for what fahie is doing by watering down the educational system! Let the truth be known boss!
      • Sandy (26/10/2011, 14:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You all too out of place. My son worked damn hard to pass and come out of there. What you saying, that all those children are idiots and that they shouln't have passed. If there were more failures you all would have been singing another tune. Cant please you all. I don't understand how some you all can live with yourselves or sleep at night.
        • Fed up (26/10/2011, 17:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Sandy you sound very ignorant. It is no secret that the grade point average was lowered. I am sorry to hear that your son had to work so hard to pass from such a mediocre system.
  • folly (26/10/2011, 12:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Are you really calling our children dumb and stupid and expects to get elected? All some of you ever do is try to lower our children's self esteem to try and keep them down so that people like youselves can always feel superior to others. Your father, HL, would never condone this kind of behaviour. He was a man who always try to uplift the less fortunate. I cant believe you were raised in his household.
    • SMH (26/10/2011, 13:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You need to stop chatting PI$$!!!! Fahie has sunk the standards of our educational system in the VI!! Lavity (Preston's Father) stood for high standards and was an strong advocate for education!! Lavity instilled values and principles in his son Preston.....not Fahie! So don't get your $hi! twisted! The only reason Lavity would be rolling in his grave is because there are a set of fakes including Fahie who are riding on his good name and don't truly stand for the same values. Let Fahie be a man and release the breakdown of how he arrived at that 98% pass rate. Better yet, what are the CXC results for 2011???!!!! Talk dat!!!
    • Canfield (26/10/2011, 13:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      folly - this got nothing to do with calling anyone dumb. It is actually more harmful to children if we pass them and send them out to the real world when they aren't actually prepared. If anything, this is a fight in favor of children so that when they graduate, they have the confidence to go out and get a good job and be productive BV Islanders. That was the H.L. way and now the apple don't fall far from the tree with Preston.
    • HMMM (26/10/2011, 15:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    • Fed up (26/10/2011, 17:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      They are by no means dumb or stupid but they have been demotivated not to achieve through a system that instead of trying to put systems in place to address their weaknesses they just continue to lower the standards of the school to meet the mediocre performance of the students. This will not help our students in the long run when they have to compete internationally. Preston is quite right to question the 98% pass rate. If Mr. Fahie has nothing to hide he shouldn't mind the inquiry or investigation.
  • Brad Boynes (26/10/2011, 12:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seize the time bro
  • about time (26/10/2011, 15:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of you people just have a problem with everything when it comes to you not liking someone, give the students their credit man most of these students worked hard, although the education system might be broken and this is true everywhere however the BVI has turned out some really hard working students.We still have to give it up to them and stop with this nonsense like our students are that dumb they can't actually achieve this 98.5% pass.
  • What a ting (26/10/2011, 16:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everything will come to light when they go to colleges and universities and have to come home because they can't read or take the pressure. while you all busy playing politics our children are being send up the river. Giving every child laptops and IPads will not make them learn better. Why not teach these children to read, write and comprehend instead of lowering the standards to make BVI children even more backwards than they were over the last 10 years. We cannot blame the kids at all for this but the people who set the standards. If our kids are being told a C is ok most will not strive for better.
  • SHARA PARLIN (26/10/2011, 18:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    but BVI students always do well once they go overseas..Preston getting help from the NDP and dem spin doctors, he lost my vote wid tis hogwash!
    • TEA PARTY (27/10/2011, 08:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You sound so ignorant! Mr. Stoutt is Independent and certainly does not follow instructions or advice of any party in his campaign. He still has my vote for again bringing to light the lowered standards of our educational system!
  • please people (26/10/2011, 20:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    please people andre aint the perfect man but he is fit for the job who you guys want lloyd who aint had a clue about education!! please all andre need to do now look into salaries some teacher only going home with aroun 850 a pay period after deductions that 1700 a month u tell me when rent is 1200 for a normal decent apatment how are they suppose to progress!!! yes people might say its a good salary but trust me you aint know the kind a work a real effective teacher has to do the salary doesnt cut it andre it really doesnt after yoy pay rent you have like 500-600 to feed kids live gas eat to live for a month please!!!
  • YOU ALL ARE SO DUMB (26/10/2011, 22:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is sad to me is that you all are questioning the school and the results. The requirements for graduation is what should be questioned, not the performance of the students. The requirement for graduation is 5 out of 7/8 classes. The blind, deaf and dumb can do that. Besides, these are the same requirements we had in 1985 when I graduated and the Honouralbe Stoutt was in office. Most of you graduated under the same requirements and now acting brand new. Of course Preston (New Kid on the Block) would not know that since he didnt go to school here and hardly knows whats going on here.
    • How you doing? (27/10/2011, 11:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Whether Mr. Stoutt went to school here or not is not the issue. Have you read his education paper? The issue is the lowering of the standards of the education system here in the country. We only highlight those students who have done well but ignored the students who have not done well. How do you explain the number of youths in our country that have dropped out?? Do you feel you have an explanation for that?? If we as a people settle for less than normal then we are in VERY BIG trouble!!!
  • LATE (27/10/2011, 23:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only now you raising this issue? strupes.. This is all posturing for election time as the date gets closer. If Andrew was doing so bad in the education system how come some many of the students who go to university in the US and the UK have been doing SOOO WELL. How come we have so many lawyers graduating in the UK? This is all LIP SERVICE for garnering votes. Come with something better man.
    • Real... (28/10/2011, 12:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The number of graduating lawyers is proportionate to the number of people going to law school. In other words, we have a lot of lawyers graduating because we have a lot of people studying law :-)!
  • LATE (28/10/2011, 14:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Real" don't be silly. I am posing the question with regards to the standard of education being received from ESHS. If they were doing so poorly, the would have trouble being accepted into the UK for university and we all know the level of education in the UK system. ESHS students are not only being accepted, they are graduating in areas such as law which is no easy course by any means.

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