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Students’ indiscipline a main target for ESHS in new school year

Students’ indiscipline has been blamed for many teachers leaving the Elmore Stoutt High School in recent times. Photo: VINO/File
Principal of the Elmore Stoutt High School, Ms Sandy M. Underhill is planning a new strategy to deal with student’s indiscipline for the new academic year 2017-2018. Photo: VINO
Principal of the Elmore Stoutt High School, Ms Sandy M. Underhill is planning a new strategy to deal with student’s indiscipline for the new academic year 2017-2018. Photo: VINO
Controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), just before the 2015 snap elections, forked out some one million dollars to construct a wall around a school, which has done nothing to address the major issue of indiscipline among students of Elmore Stoutt High School. Photo: VINO/File
Controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), just before the 2015 snap elections, forked out some one million dollars to construct a wall around a school, which has done nothing to address the major issue of indiscipline among students of Elmore Stoutt High School. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) continues to be gripped with disciplinary issues among its student population, its principal Ms Sandy M. Underhill is planning a new strategy for the new academic year 2017-2018 to tackle the problem that has been blamed for many teachers leaving the school system.

Speaking at the school’s first 12th Grade graduation ceremony on June 22, 2017 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, Ms Underhill said it's important that the number of suspensions of students be reduced and as such developing a strategy to foster a culture of discipline is imperative.

"One of our main focuses this summer is to establish a sound discipline system in the school that is aimed at moving away from the punitive methods, reducing the number of suspensions.

"We want a system of behaviour change management. This is in an effort to modify the behaviour of students through the establishment of intervention methods and behaviour education and to reward positive behaviour as a means to encourage students with negative behaviours to strive for excellence," the principal added.

Community’s support solicited

Ms Underhill is in no way intending for herself and administrative staff to go this road alone as she stressed the importance of getting the involvement of parents, the wider community, including the media, in accomplishing this goal.

"The plan includes media coverage to explain the system and its expectations and requirement of staff, parents and the community."

The community and staff have for too long been calling of the Department of Education to do more to curb the indiscipline level of students at the territory's main high school.

Daily students could be seen and heard displaying high levels of disrespect towards teachers, parents and the institution of learning. These behaviours were not kept in isolation within the walls of the school but more often than not spilled out into the community.

But in instead of responding to these cries for help the controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), just before the 2015 snap elections, forked out some one million dollars to construct a wall around a school, which he had claimed was a security move.

16 Responses to “Students’ indiscipline a main target for ESHS in new school year”

  • DON Q (25/06/2017, 10:36) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
    We need a new minister of education
    • No, Not (25/06/2017, 12:30) Like (27) Dislike (13) Reply
      We do not need a new Minister of Education. What we need is parents teaching their children to respect. You all keep coming down on Myron to solve everything. He canot do it alone.
      • no not (25/06/2017, 14:39) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
        why blame the poor parents when the catching hell?
        • Parents? (25/06/2017, 21:31) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
          The parents sometimes act like the students. Whole community needs to wake up!!!!
        • Dianna (26/06/2017, 10:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          Whether or not they catching hell, parents are still responsible for raising their children to be responsible and respectful citzens where ever they go. If they are not willing to do this, they should take preventive measure to stop them from having children.
          I'm of the belief that only two people fail a child MOTHER AND FATHER.
    • LOL (25/06/2017, 12:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      with education
  • Lord o (25/06/2017, 10:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yea...Truth that...What's the solution ?...Sad.. So sad. The future is branded this way.." Indiscipline," not good.
  • Charley Rose (25/06/2017, 13:26) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am not surprise at the level of indiscipline at ESHS. This is as a result of the manner in which the Minister of Education is micromanaging the depatrment. I want to support DON Q suggestion for a new minister of education. Except God build's a house, those who build it will labour in vane.
  • Lost Seeds (25/06/2017, 15:12) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Rather than looking to the school, waring parents need to look for their baby daddies and look inward for common decency. There are scores of nationalities in the BVI, thanks to the Immigration policies. Wanna bet whose children are the ones creating havoc of every kind ....burglary, murders and torturous school environment for teachers and other students.
  • u no who (25/06/2017, 15:23) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let us start with the minister first
  • top (25/06/2017, 15:41) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    First of all, I just read an article or comment rather where equipment was stolen. My 2 cents, change needs to start at the top. This is where the problem lies.
  • Roa (25/06/2017, 18:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    You cannot control what you are not willing to confront. Pare ya need to be darn well involved. Raise the standard Sandy, don't settle for mediocrity.
  • Dred Scott (25/06/2017, 18:53) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    The problem is lack of respect for one's self and everything and anyone. The inappropriate behaviour for these young adults is a direct result of the lack of home training. Their parents are no different. Their countries of origin tells the same story. Accept that we are who we are. Wasting time on this for what? Move forward.
    Grim reality for their future. Expand the prison.Import workforce from places where we have had zero to little infractions from the adults and their children
  • Real Talk (25/06/2017, 19:47) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    You can put God as minister of Education if these parents cannot control and discipline their children at home... We doom. No matter who the minister is....Stop hating and keep it real...
  • Only in the BVI (25/06/2017, 21:14) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    dr. smith please reshuffle the cabinet
  • musa (26/06/2017, 08:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    kids in bvi need to b more friendly with dad and dad need to stay home with the kids mother


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