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UPDATE: Anegada parents mum after meeting with Ed. Officials

Parents as they gathered outside of the Claudia Creque Educational Centre in Anegada on May 4, 2015. Photo: VINO
The aggrieved parents being addressed by Education Officer for Technical Vocational Education and Training, Mr Allen Hodge. Photo: VINO
The aggrieved parents being addressed by Education Officer for Technical Vocational Education and Training, Mr Allen Hodge. Photo: VINO
The Claudia Creque Educational Centre in Anegada is reportedly having severe problems of indiscipline among teachers. Photo: VINO
The Claudia Creque Educational Centre in Anegada is reportedly having severe problems of indiscipline among teachers. Photo: VINO
This was seen posted on the gate of the school's compound. Photo: VINO
This was seen posted on the gate of the school's compound. Photo: VINO
A police officer was at the school as the parents gather to protest their dissatisfaction with certain issues at the Claudia Creque Educational Centre. Photo: VINO
A police officer was at the school as the parents gather to protest their dissatisfaction with certain issues at the Claudia Creque Educational Centre. Photo: VINO
The Claudia Creque Educational Centre in Anegada. Photo: VINO
The Claudia Creque Educational Centre in Anegada. Photo: VINO
Parents awaiting the arrival of the team of officials from the Department of Education this morning May 4, 2015. Photo: VINO
Parents awaiting the arrival of the team of officials from the Department of Education this morning May 4, 2015. Photo: VINO
Some of the parents in the compound of the Claudia Creque Educational Centre in Anegada this morning, May 4, 2015. Photo; VINO
Some of the parents in the compound of the Claudia Creque Educational Centre in Anegada this morning, May 4, 2015. Photo; VINO
THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI- Whether they were intimidated in anyway remains to be heard, but parents who earlier were keen to let their grievances regarding issues at the Claudia Creque Educational Centre in Anegada be heard have suddenly gone quiet following their meeting with education officials earlier today, May 4, 2015.

The parents waited patiently until around 12:30pm when they were addressed by officers of the Ministry of Education. The principal of the school, Mr John Williamson, was not part of the meeting as he was observed outside throughout. The media was also shut out.

Following the meeting, several parents with whom this news site had previously spoken to said they were advised not to speak to the media.

Residents have their say

However, around the community the issues at the school were the centre of discussion and while most persons said the level of discrimination at the school is rife they asked not to be named.

Among the suggestions concerned residents voiced was the rotating of teachers.

"This situation has become a sore one at that school and it's all because it's more of a family thing and some people fighting for position," said one man.

"They need to rotate the teachers at least every two school years. They are becoming too comfortable and no one can handle the state of the situation right now." another said.

"Some people are saying bad things about the principal but his hands are tied. There are a bunch of women there and he is just one man. It's not fair to throw the blame at his feet he is just one person," was the opinion of another resident.

One woman also said that a specific small group of teachers could be considered the root of the problems. "I remember not so long ago there was a fight with two little boys, one was a teacher's son and she held down the other child and made her son beat that little boy," a resident of Anegada alleged.

This news site was directed to the parent of the alleged beaten child but the parent declined to comment.

See story published today May 4, 2015

Parents in Anegada take over school compound in protest

Tension is high among parents of students of the Claudia Creque Educational Centre as they gather in protest over conditions at the school on the sister island of Anegada today May 4, 2015.

Allegations are that the root of the problem has to do with the Principal John Williamson allegedly being unable to discipline teachers who are reportedly found to be constantly erring. “He like he afraid of those teachers, and what is the problem? This nonsense of who from here and who down island and bull has to stop. Since when where you from has to do with you executing your job properly, put we people alone to do the job and we messing up big time we need each other if this country is to go forward," stressed a parent.

The parents, numbering in excess of 20, entered the school’s compound this morning to meet with two officials reportedly sent by the Department of Education, but were told that a specific time was not set for them to have an audience with the parents. "You can come back after lunch," they were told by the Education Officer for Technical Vocational Education and Training, Mr Allen Hodge.

In the meantime, parents have insisted they are not leaving the premises until they have an opportunity to share their side of their concerns.

"Where was the Minister and the high profile Education officers all the while we were complaining about the issues at this school? We don't care who is coming we are not sending our children to school tomorrow (Today)," an irate parent of the Claudia Creque Educational Centre told Virgin Islands News Online on May 3, 2015.

"Friday was the boiling point of things at that school where two teachers were involved in a brawl, a ugly fight in the clear view of the students and then one of the teachers' husband came in and mash up the government property, it was nasty, nasty," alleged one concerned parent.

Pressure on principal

The allegations have been unanimous against the school Principal who this news site was unsuccessful in reaching to hear his side of the story.

"When there was the brawl with the teachers and then the husband came of course children will get rowdy but his man (the Principal), instead of disciplining his teachers who caused the ruckus, he sent home all the secondary students because they created a stir. It was the two teachers he was to send home and call the police on the man that destroyed the government property," related a parent.

There was also the issue of a student being expelled for allegedly having physical contact with a teacher as he allegedly rushed out of a classroom that was too cold for his asthmatic condition at the time.

"The classroom was really cold, they don't want the kids with warmer jackets in the classroom and that child has an asthma problem. The child finished his exam and asked to leave the room because it was too cold. She refused him and he went out against her instructions. This is the nonsense we talking about and things are now really out of hand. We taking a stand," said a parent.

This news site was told that as word got around that the Minister for Education was deploying a high level team to the island today in an attempt to stop a planned protest, parents called an emergency meeting yesterday afternoon and the decision was that they would still be keeping their children at home today.

42 Responses to “UPDATE: Anegada parents mum after meeting with Ed. Officials”

  • Realist (04/05/2015, 11:21) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is pure madness.
  • .......... (04/05/2015, 11:45) Like (37) Dislike (82) Reply
    Another example where myron is a failure
  • all out possee (04/05/2015, 12:01) Like (21) Dislike (55) Reply
    ALL OUT will soon solve all the problems in Anegada.
  • Now! (04/05/2015, 12:15) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." And now that we Anegadians are awake...
  • Parient (04/05/2015, 12:27) Like (49) Dislike (37) Reply
    The education minister is not to be blaimed just ignorant parent
  • teacher john (04/05/2015, 12:29) Like (28) Dislike (23) Reply

    How come he not over anegada taking photos with the parents...

  • wize up (04/05/2015, 12:45) Like (24) Dislike (15) Reply
    how in good faith can an administration that was only in office for 3-yearscan suddenly be given the blame for every thing that went wrong(I am just asking)
    • Outspoken (04/05/2015, 13:22) Like (22) Dislike (14) Reply
      They are the ones in power, so who else will you blame. It's like you take your car to Nibbs to fix, you found out that the car is worst than when you take it there, who will you blame, the person who fix it of Nibbs, am sure you will blame nibbs, after all he is incharge. So you blame the manager. The government is the manager so no one else to blame
  • farmer brown (04/05/2015, 13:11) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    heard he got SB writing some silly spin and his bouy Zan is ready to give him air time....
  • Anegada Rep (04/05/2015, 13:16) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where is ayo District Rep who ayo vote for??? oh yeah... the same place VG own is...
    • Yessss (05/05/2015, 09:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Exactly what I does be saying they have the same representative for years and keep putting him in and them they complain....they are blind to what they want to be blind to...
  • Solo (04/05/2015, 13:17) Like (28) Dislike (37) Reply
    NDP you have failed this Territory!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Well Well (04/05/2015, 13:28) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why call the police on the man who distorted the government thing/s ... you all don't know what his reasons where for doing that .. so stop pointing fingers cause just remember that 4 points back at yourself ... that Principle need to do what he was sent Anegada to do .. and stop saying that he's gonna deal with things and doesn't. Form my point of view you Teaches need to put all your differences aside and do your JOB and remember that there will always be someone on the job to make things a living hell. An Education Officer should be stationed at the school to see who are the real trouble makers (Parents/Teachers). And to the parents who's always in the school,in the Principals face ...education doesn't ends at 3:15 you are the teacher after school hours ..so if your child isn't doing well don't be quick to point fingers at the EDUCATED TEACHERS!!! So with all that said ..I don't care if anyone feel some type way .. but God be with you all
  • As I said (04/05/2015, 13:29) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    More of this will take place all over the Territory. People are fedup and no one is listening. All paved road dont always lead to somewhere.
  • Wait wait hold up (04/05/2015, 13:40) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Two teachers were actually fighting each other and on the school compound in front of students? Disciplinary actions needs to be dealt with both of them. Even if one was innocent there's something called walking away. Being the bigger person and setting an example for everyone especially the students of that school.
    • Comprehension is fundamental (04/05/2015, 18:53) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sweetheart, there were NO physical fighting involved. Your opinion which makes sense, doesn't apply here. Read the story again before commenting, ok?
  • Kim (04/05/2015, 14:02) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    I love the Anegada people take a stand better than VG people. The general orders say two government people fighting an automatic send home.
  • Jones (04/05/2015, 14:13) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rowdy parents, rude children and teachers that have been there forever and don't allow change results in what we have today. The result of today will be an even worse result int he future.

    Tone down the attitudes and ego's!!!!!!
  • Wendy (04/05/2015, 15:59) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have a problem with parmailents who keep their children from the classroom for anything other than sickness or death.
    This is an indication to me that their priorities and education outlook is not in the right place.
    Obviously, there are problems but, in my opinion, they are a big part of the problem.
  • leadership (04/05/2015, 16:21) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Good leadership can calm any situation. Usually this kind of behavior trickles down from the top.

    We need a change in leadership.
  • the way it is (04/05/2015, 16:43) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply

    The TSC (Teaching Service Commission) are the ones who conduct the interviews and make the selection for the position of Principals in the BVI school system; not the Minister of Education. Each school in turn has an appointed Education Officer to deal with all the issues at that school; negative or positive . The Principal is in charge of the school and the teachers are expected to follow the instructions given by the principal whether they like him or not. Therefore this matter should have been dealt with in the proper way to avoid all this explosion, blaming and finger pointing. The native teacher should have been disciplined a long time ago.

    • @the way it is (04/05/2015, 17:12) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      Stop talking rubbish! You don't think the Minister does not have the final say when hiring principals. Strupes.
    • @the way it is (04/05/2015, 21:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      "The Principal is in charge of the school and the teachers are expected to follow the instructions given by the principal whether they like him or not." This is on paper only not in reality. There are other schools in the BVI where the teachers are in charge not the principals.
  • sad (04/05/2015, 17:49) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is sad. Now may God take full control of the British Virgin Islands and bring us back to a people who trusted God for everything as He supply all our needs. God bless the people of the BVI once again and restore favour and a common understanding, in Jesus name, amen.
    • Happy (04/05/2015, 19:51) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
      No such thing as god or Jesus. Put your efforts into solving the problem at hand
  • LOL (04/05/2015, 19:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Parents gone silent because it's up to the officials to meet the demands probably. Its better for some of those teachers to just resign because this isn't something that is going to go away.
  • SMH (04/05/2015, 19:16) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    So we ignore the fact that this is a ethical problem more than a political problem (granted this is the 9th District "VIP" district, but it's NDP's fault and the solution is to elect VIP in the 9th again.
    Nonetheless no one cares about the quality of teachers or education being offered and administered at the school. Why is the focus on government?
    These parents aren't doing any harm to anyone but their children unless of course they opt to take them to vg or Tortola school.
    Were formal reports made to ministry of education or to representative for the 9th district?
  • rock man (04/05/2015, 21:10) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    NDP MUST GO
  • The one (04/05/2015, 21:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    None of this has to do with NDP or VIP....it's just that the p******* allegedly never corrected teachers when they were wrong. Allegedly never made them to realize who was in charge of the school. He allegedly allowed some of them to do whatever they wanted to do. The school is allegedly run on favoritism. Now he's trying to get it back? Too late. And to the fact that the school is all about family? That's irrelevant. What does family have to do with the profession that you choose or a school gone bad?

  • We say (04/05/2015, 22:53) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nothing will come out of it. One parent waan do all of de talking all de time. Always in d principal office and always up in the school stirring up trouble. Carrying news to the three stooges in the secondary division to look friends. When she can't get what she want from them she try to rat them out to the primary teachers. She keep she daughter from school to stop her from telling the Ed. Officer that the Gu¥@^3$3 teacher provoke the buoy but when she chile nah pass the subject she vex wit the teacher so she up front trying to make drama. Somebody wid sense need to speak an leh she siddoun.

    D principal need to do him wok and stop having the drunk A^€g@d!@^ running he. The one from VG en ha no respect far he neither. Education need to move the two dwarfs and suspend billy goat gruff. Them also need to do breathaliser and drug screen beca some ah dem mu be going to school drunk or high. Some ah d parents dem en ha no respect either so me no no y dem fret bout the little bad word a frustrated man cuss. Schupes. JW step up an b a man.
  • Born Hey (05/05/2015, 08:36) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    mehson Anegada is a school? I taught da is a limin place for teachers and students...cheese and bread!
  • Den say (05/05/2015, 08:41) Like (6) Dislike (36) Reply
    Those three teachers are the disciplinarians of the school. The others are slackers.
    Students can do whatever they want with all the others but not those three.
    They are persecuted for being strict
  • Yes I (05/05/2015, 15:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The problem on Anegada is simple. The issue is children has no real role model. Teachers or some fail to realize that children look up to them. You can not set a bad example as teachers and parents and when you done blame Goverment or the system. We as parents have to set standards and come away from tell children do as I say and not as I do. This problem is because we walk away from our duty as Anegadians to care for each other. The only way to deal with this is to rotate the teachers. That way you see who are problems. Additionally we need more visits by councilers as many kids have sociological issues and abuse issues. I am ashame as an Anegadians to see this type of behavior. How do you expect us to be taken seriously if we act as children. De man wha ayo doing
  • yooo (13/05/2015, 21:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    if the people would listen to what the students say nun of this would of happen!! This make one of the best teachers don't wan go school wid them stupidness. N guess wa the ppl dem children don't even gah a teacher to teach them properly if the damn teachers would stay in them damn class room n teach them class n talking bout ppl child nun of this $h1T woulda happen!!!!



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