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‘The Edu. Minister don’t respond to my calls & texts’ – Hurt Parent

“I have no aught against the Minister (Hon Myron V. Walwyn). I am just a parent that is very concerned and have fears about my child in the High School. Every day is something really disturbing happening up in there and the Minister is not responding when contacted,” said a parent. Photo: VINO/File
The parent says that there are many issues in the Elmore Stoutt High School that are being tucked under a bushel. Photo: VINO/File
The parent says that there are many issues in the Elmore Stoutt High School that are being tucked under a bushel. Photo: VINO/File
She said that teachers are willing to work but the challenges are way above their heads. Photo: VINO/File
She said that teachers are willing to work but the challenges are way above their heads. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “I have no aught against the Minister (Hon Myron V. Walwyn). I am just a parent that is very concerned and have fears about my child in the High School. Every day is something really disturbing happening up in there and the Minister is not responding when contacted,” said a parent.

The woman called the Virgin Islands News Online and was weeping bitterly on November 5, 2014 after the story of the state of affairs at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) was published on this news site.

“Everything you guys have in that story is the fact and there is so much more. I have a child in that school and the reports daily are very worrying and scary to say the most. I have been making pleas to the various officers in the Education Department, nothing, calling and texting the minister, nothing, not to even acknowledge and say we are working on things there, nothing,” said the woman as she burst into tears.

“I am not in the position where I can afford to pay for my child to attend the private schools, I have to stick to the public school. I take my child there in person and collect her in the afternoon diligently every day and pray more than I do for myself that she gets through each day safely,” said the parent.

According to the obviously and understandably frustrated and hurt woman, reports from her child are that her teachers are willing to do their best but the level of distractions by unruly children pushes them to the edge and they are not properly equipped to deal with those children.

“Systems the Principal put in place are weak, the kids are smarter than her, and sometimes you have to talk less and do more and that’s a problem in there lots of talking and the children planning around them in silence,” said the parent.

The woman in her appeal has issued a call for concerned parents in her shoes to band together to devise a strategy to make a statement and deal with the issues in the ESHS. “There are many things we can do, and if the Minister and his team want us to take matters in our hands we will have to do it. We will not be indiscipline or unruly or break any law but we will have to deal with this nonsense.”

But in the mean time she admonished other parents to be steadfast in prayers and supplication for the good children in the school to stay safe and the disruptive ones. “I don’t want to call them ‘BAD’ but the disruptive ones we’ll pray while our hands are tied otherwise that they get help.”

Attempts by this news site to get a comment from the Minister or his Ministry proved futile up to post time.

58 Responses to “‘The Edu. Minister don’t respond to my calls & texts’ – Hurt Parent”

  • vi (07/11/2014, 08:50) Like (66) Dislike (36) Reply
    Call him around election time.
    • Voters (07/11/2014, 08:59) Like (22) Dislike (25) Reply
      He spend all his time trying to get reelected to prove a point and have not done a thing for the people....we will not be fooled next time
      • Peacout (07/11/2014, 12:17) Like (46) Dislike (1) Reply
        "relected" - what a fool. its the man first term in office.. Just a bunch of ignorgant fools..up to now the lady hasn't mentioned one thing affecting her daughter apart from the distractions. there will always be distractions in classrooms and all teachers would need to devise ways to handle them whether through separating the bad seeds from the good ones. Come on no where in the world you find a perfect school...maybe VIO was just winding her up for political mileage!!!
        • @ Peacout (08/11/2014, 20:34) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
          The key problem, however, is related to the fact that the intake of students at the government owned secondary schools is academically poor
    • the rock (07/11/2014, 14:54) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      u all give me a break..better yet woman go and sit down with this nonsense story
  • Leh We Do This Thing (07/11/2014, 09:01) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Remeber that slogan? Welcome to the club!
  • antigun (07/11/2014, 09:01) Like (13) Dislike (56) Reply
    Good for ayo he should have not been allowed to sit in we house in the first place so lot more of ayo going bust out in tears
  • Sheryl (07/11/2014, 09:04) Like (77) Dislike (24) Reply
    That's a lie, even if he a missed call and sees your number, he answers. If you message him he answers when he can. If he's engaged dealing with other stuff, he WILL get back to you even it's a little later! Shocks man ease up off the man, all a lot of you in this little Virgin Islands good for is putting down people! Minister Walwyn dispite what bad people have to say about you, Keep your head up high and walk. You doing a wonderful job!!!!
    • @Sheryl (07/11/2014, 09:51) Like (22) Dislike (51) Reply
      For God sake stop sinning your soul lying for Myron providing it isn't he himself posting or his high powered, over paid speech writer who post all day on every site & on facebook to try to keep his image good in the public's eye. He only calls back who is with him.
  • Hmmm (07/11/2014, 09:16) Like (62) Dislike (7) Reply
    Some people have unrealistic expectations of politicians. What is it that you expect the minister to do?

    This sounds like someone hyperventilating and over sensitive. Granted things may not good in the high school but its not like people are dying up in there on a daily basis to justify the level of fear she speaks of. If the school was not mentioned I would believe that her daughter was being sent to fight war with ISIS in Iraq, Syria or one of those places.

    The responsibilty for the proper upbringing of children is the parents. When kids are not raised the proper way this is what happens and the authorities have to deal with it. Just make sure to raise up your daughter the right way.

    Ministers of government on a whole responsible for setting policy, not day to day operations of ministry/agencies under their portfolio.

    This is nothing but a smeer job against the minster.
  • frustrated (07/11/2014, 09:27) Like (14) Dislike (37) Reply
    Don't be surprised parent. I remember re before he won election he responded to all calls, texts messages, FB messages, but after he was elected he forget who put him there. He promised to assist me with some financial support to complete mt degree and he never turn a "blind" on me. He never assisted much less to return any messages that was left, so don't be hurt and surprise. He's only a politrikian
    • Hmmm (07/11/2014, 11:02) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
      How about you work and pay for your degree yourself?
      • frustrated (07/11/2014, 14:57) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
        The operative word is "assist". And for your information I did on my own and attain my Bachelors degree and is now writing for my Masters. Thank you.
        • @frustrated (07/11/2014, 15:39) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
          "... is now writing for my Masters" ? Really? Please use what you're learning to help teach our young people how to write grammatically correct English! (Or, at the very least, do no harm!)
  • chad (07/11/2014, 09:37) Like (15) Dislike (25) Reply
    Myron has done some good in education but to me no more than others. However he is about surface things to put on a show so people can think he is an effective Minister & try to crown him best Minister of Education ever. He has systematically destroyed education in this Territory trying to let those who don't want to learn disrupte the schools rather than dealing with them.
  • Insane (07/11/2014, 09:39) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    The entitlement syndrome in this place is mind boggling! You are now reaping the consequences of empowering dunce head people to do what they want. People's inability to calculate the consequences of their decisions and then expecting rescue is insanity. The animals are allowed on the premises so your child will be educated in a zoo. Take out the animals and its a school again. When the zoo keepers realize they will be responsible for minding their own animals they will make different choices.
  • Let's be fair (07/11/2014, 09:41) Like (8) Dislike (12) Reply
    It is impossible for any minister to return all calls based on the number of calls per day & having to run a country. However, Myron listens to no one unless he feels it will make him, not the education system, look good. He cares only about himself & he thinks he can destroy anyone who opposes him. TIME WILL TELL!
  • g (07/11/2014, 09:43) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lord this is a woman that is very concerned and worried for her child's safety and well being. I don't blame her for feeling that way because just last week I told my son if God allow us both to see him move on to the secondary level I swear I will do any type of hustling it takes to get him into a privately ran institution before I enroll him in ESHS
  • Observer (07/11/2014, 09:44) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    The officers and minister well know what is happening and they don't want to take action that's why they never return calls, or texts, but still he the minister told people in his Territory Day message don't air the dirty laundry on the Internet. If he don't want it aired then he needs to take care of the situation.
  • west (07/11/2014, 09:55) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    what about a booth camp for these kids that what to learn the hard way?
  • Paradox (07/11/2014, 09:57) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    When our children do good in CXC which they have been doing for years, Myron takes credit but when they disrupting the school then they are ours again & he has no responsibility in the matter. Put out those who don't want to learn. Put them in a different environment.
  • lmao (07/11/2014, 10:00) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!! That's all I can do, laugh! People calling politicians and expecting an answer. LMAO!!! WOW!!!! I guess they don't have anything to do except wait for people to call them with their issues. The man has a PS, DPS, Private Secretary etc. What the hell you calling him for?
  • Fed Up (07/11/2014, 10:05) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    The BVI people like too much hand outs. They beg for everything. It's gemme, gemme, gemme, all the time. Where do you people expect the government to get money to give every Tom, Dick & Harry. Get up off your duff and start trying to do something for yourselves and stop the begging. Cut back on a hair do or a new pants if you have to.
    People build their houses and run their raw sewerage and dirty water in the roads, and government have to fix it. They don't train their children but they expect the government to train them. For crying out loud BVI Landers, learn to take care of your responsibilities and stop blaming THE GOVERNMENT!!!! You people are a set of sorry loosers.
  • Realistic (07/11/2014, 10:43) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let's be realistic people why would you call the minister for a solution, call the Principal! every school has it's share of issues the Elmore Stoutt High School has always had fights will always have fights, and it's nothing to be alarmed about. the community will have crime and will always have crime but we as Citizens don't run to the Governor about everything. Instill morals, Discipline and some sort of spiritual structure so your children can be a part of the good 99% and also a part of the solution, not part of the problem.
  • bad boy (07/11/2014, 10:54) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
    To all parents up to now Myron nor the principal cannot make a statement about the mess in the high school
    • insider saw draft (07/11/2014, 11:48) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
      I was just told barnes and the PS writing something for he for Monday hoa...stay tune LOL
  • Security (07/11/2014, 11:17) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    If he put the police in the school, it will work, but everyone will still cry like babies that the minister is wicked. What you want him to do with your rude ja*@ss children, touch them like jesus and change them?
  • Seariously...really?? (07/11/2014, 11:18) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    People you have got to be kidding! Some of you come on this site only to tarnish peoples image and try to convince others to join the band wagon with you. Myron may not be the BEST Education minister but he sure as hell is trying. The Minister is not responsible for students' behavior. Parents take responsibility for your children, you are the reason they behave that way. If you have left your children to take care of themselves, rule and control the household, what makes you think they will listen and behave when they get to school? Don't have badass children and expect the school, Teachers and the Minister to turn them into saints......impossible! Andrew was no better a minister than Myron! You people don't like structure, rules or change but rather the same ole, same ole.....get over it! In order for a country and people to grow there must be change! No man/woman is good by themselves, they need a team and it is unfortunate that Minister Walwyn's team is a bunch of jokers, that make him look bad but I guess if he starts to clear house again that will be more talk....smh....can't please some people. Keep up the good work Minister Walwyn I applaud you and the few on your team that have good intentions.
  • Chance (07/11/2014, 11:57) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Train your children at home. So they wont fight in school.
  • The Times (07/11/2014, 12:23) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    From the high school they land in the work place acting like street dogs.
  • pinky (07/11/2014, 12:25) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Myron I will say it to your face...U have B@lls for touching the education system. never be complacent and strive for more...Keep going!! It will be bad before its good again, but if you slack off, everyone will blame you casue it will be in a mess. You mean well and I know you do especially for education, so pander keep moving forward.remember Rome wasn't built in a day.
  • concern (07/11/2014, 12:31) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I understand her concern and there is no reason why the minister should not return her call. But she is not the only person concern about there child in ESHS. I am sure EVER parent is. And guess what when they are finish with ESHS there is a bigger badger world out here to face, so you better do the best you can at home and pray. And if you don't have money to sent our child to a private school our child need to work very hard for a scholarship there are 1000's more like you sweetheart.
  • one eye (07/11/2014, 13:35) Like (3) Dislike (13) Reply
    Look at his face the face of the devil
  • Youth (07/11/2014, 13:50) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is so true and it hurts.
  • Plank (07/11/2014, 14:08) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    A bad behavior is usually a cry for help / attention, Listen to the youths, pay attention. Some of them are mental, some just want to be gangster, some are just slow learners that are been ignored. Get serious with these youths, if we don`t act now, very soon, God forbid, we will be making world news with the popping of machine Gun and mass murder in our School.--- I suggest we use the police as security for now. Also we put in place a student to student study and mentor program, where two good student group with one bad student to discuss issues and study once a week. Putting or throwing them out is not the answer. They need help! The minister has an obligation to answer text and calls of concern. If someone text you that means they have your cell number, in most cases you gave out you cell number with permission to be contacted.
  • @one eye (07/11/2014, 14:13) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Yea, you must know, cause when you look in the mirror you see that face too......HATER!!!!!
  • new (07/11/2014, 15:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Time for a separate school for these delinquents.
  • we did not eat our school fees (07/11/2014, 15:39) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Funny man go he army of Bloggers out good job sackia
  • Teacher (07/11/2014, 15:42) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let's remember "the kids that need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways". We have got to help our youth they are lashing out in desperation!!! Parents let's step up to the plate and raise our children and quit casting blame all over the place!
  • suggestion (07/11/2014, 19:05) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have attended a class session at the ESHS to see how my son was doing in his class and I was shock and in disbelief that the teacher had no control over her class. It was noisy and disruptive. In addition, students were out of their seats walking and talking in the class and the teacher was sitting closer to the door or in a corner I believe as this was years aback (3 or more ago). My son use to complain about how difficult it is to learn in the environment, which is why I went to see for myself. It seems this type of behaviour still continues today. What I will suggest is that parents visit their children classes and check out the classroom environment. If parents of the disruptive children attend their classes maybe their children will stop disturbing the classes. The teachers are afraid to discipline their classes because most of them are expats and wants to seem they are in control when really they are not. I will advise that the teachers contact the parents of the disruptive students and try and bring their classes under control.

    In my years as a student of the same high school I have never heard classrooms runs by students where the students can make noise, walk around the classroom, or do as they please and the teacher is right there and doing nothing. The teacher will try to teach to who willing to learn but it is still difficult. I do not know why these students are not put out the class and their parents contacted if because the teacher do not want to seem incompetent.

    Parents I urge you to make contact with the school and see how the learning environment is and take action by being present together in the classroom and bring back order.
  • wiseman (07/11/2014, 21:00) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    • Pooh (08/11/2014, 19:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      U gotta b n a$$ hole check u system its the we barn hey misbehaving cuz d xpats afraid to get send bak wey det come from
  • Real Talk (07/11/2014, 21:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stop telling lies on the minister, if it is one thing he tries his bes to do is return calls.
    He is one of the few.
  • bam (08/11/2014, 08:06) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    Myron will be Myron until the people re move him next election
  • karma (08/11/2014, 13:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please people myron do answer tex and call.why you guys always ready to jump down myron troat .blame the parents for there kds behaviour yes myron is minister of education but he sure didnt train those kids to be disruptive .why dont we just come as one and find a solution to this problem and stop fighting down the minister
  • !!!!!!!!!! (08/11/2014, 20:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Like the underclass elsewhere, youth has to cope with all the socioeconomic factors which inhibit and constrain educational mobility
  • kids (08/11/2014, 21:13) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Myron answer phone calls and texts stop lie
  • nutbag (09/11/2014, 11:45) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    My society is getting nasty . Why are we magnifying the negative incidents at ESHS and pushing the positive things under the rug. Whether it was Tobin or Sandy, any High School will have fights. It is not the first time these things. ESHS has over one thousand students and four or five students disrupts the school Is it right to say the school is falling apart? No! WE cannot micromanage. There is a chain of command. There is the teacher, then the year head, then the Department head, then the Principals, the CEO, the Permanent Secretary then the Minister. A fight is in the hands of the Principals. Locking down the school was a safety measure. That does not mean the school was under siege. It was one of many measures that could have been taken. The lock down is to minize the percentage of students out of class unsupervised. There is less open stream of traffic of students out doors in the yard, around the compound and in the Hall. Ignorance is a blessing and a curse. In this case it is a curse. PARENTS train your children at home. Teach them, model great values for them. The teachers or the Minister cannot do that fro you. It is your God given responsibility.
    • my view (09/11/2014, 17:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @nutbag - You made a number of valid points. The formative age range of children ranges from birth (even in the womb) to, I would say below ten. However, don't give up if your child is over 10 yrs. Parents who would be most effective on their children's views on school and education, would not engage in making derogatory remarks on either, especially in the presence of their children. I do not believe that every child will be a model child but I believe that those in charge should do their best to conduct research and benchmark similar institutions that are making positive strides in addressing/minimizing the incidence of fights - and better still, offer the remedial counselling or alternative measures necessary to positively impact the students engaging in negative behavior.
  • Minister (09/11/2014, 23:26) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    If you can't get the high school to some level of discipline we will remove you. It's either you do what needs to be done or come out. You have a job to do stop playing politics the buck stops with you. Get your strategy in order and do meaningful work. This high school is a run away Train and you must as Minister must issue a serious mandate to get back on track. Teacher only working for their pay checks they are afraid of the students and the new principle my god can't even get the high school settle down. Minister wake up get the school in order .
    • Hmmm (10/11/2014, 09:06) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      So if the teachers and principal can't control them what do you suggest, the minister go in and stand guard at each classroom?

      You are ridiculous.
    • nutbag (11/11/2014, 21:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Starting with you, what do you do as an individual to help. Teachers nor Principal are afraid of the students. A student had busted Mr. Stoutt with a piece of pipe nearly 14 years ago. Did that say he was afraid? Does that imply that there is no discipline in the school. What about the over one thousand students who work and behave as students every day? What about the thre students who made the BVI proud in the region for CXC? Where is your comment on that? What about the 77% passes in English and 68% passes in Maths. How well did you encourage the Minister for giving all students equal opportunity to write CXC local, expatriate, public or private? Comment on the positives more. It will help you to see that things are changing
  • Enzo (10/11/2014, 14:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Sheryl..Sheryl you need to go and shut your stupid mouth cause I am one of those parents that tried contacting Myron by phone and he never called me back to this day and that was weeks even before all hell was breaking loose in High school so I don't know where you get off saying foolishness. Go on and shut your mouth..
  • ezy (11/11/2014, 21:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A county cannot be run properly where people micro manage. Get some sense!! That is why you have a chain of command with policies in place.
  • concern parent 2 (12/11/2014, 12:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It sad how some people come on here and speak like it's something hard to see as to what's going on in ESHS. If some of you parents say it doesn't bother you that's a lie unless it's your child creating some of the problems. We can't point blame on everybody that has power but they can act and help those of us who has good kids, well mannered, respectful ones in there that is willing to learn. Some people may not have the finance to put our kids in a private sector, but if ALL of us had, what would be left in there, Murders, Thiefs, Drug Dealers. Come on people don't act like you don't care about the youths, Some parents needs to wake up and make a stand and get help for your kids that are causing this mess. Myron Walwyn speak out and let the community kno what shall we do to help protect our kids. Tell us your putting cops in that school to protect the innocent ones because not all of them is spoiled. We as parents should be scared and we must kneel and pray for these kids, the good ones and the troubled ones to . Help the people Myron.

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