Parents protest transfer of Roseau Primary School principal, again

The parents vow to continue protesting

Parents of the Roseau Primary School held protest action again on Friday over the transfer of that school’s principal Greta Roberts to the Goodwill Primary School.

They claim that they are dissatisfied with the manner in which the transfer was done and want it rescinded.

However, education officials say that they will not accede to their request and the parents are vowing to continue protesting.

DNO caught up with the parents outside the compound of the school holding placards shouting, “we want Ms. Roberts back.”

Public Relations Officer of the school’s PTA Veronique George said that parents met with education officials on Monday, September 11, 2017, to discuss the matter.

“At the meeting, what we wanted to find out was what reason (s) for the transfer of Ms. Roberts with such little time,” she said.

She revealed that they were told that there was a problem at the Goodwill Primary School, where Roberts taught for 15 years, and it was felt that she was the best and most appropriate person to fix it.

“We told them that we had to report back to our PTA executive and will get back to them. We have subsequently sent them a letter stating that the parents are dissatisfied with the matter and the reason for the transfer is unacceptable.”

She questioned the reasons for “breaking up a good school to fix another” by officials.

“Well-wishers are pulling out their donations, we are not happy at the matter and so we want them to return Ms. Roberts back to the school,” George said. “Until then our protest will continue.”

DNO has been reliably informed that the parents were never told at the meeting that Roberts was transferred to fix a problem at the Goodwill Primary School.

The parents protested the matter last week.

 

 

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66 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 19, 2017

    They look like unemployed parents

  2. %
    September 17, 2017

    If everything I am hearing from the parents is truthful,then the school must have a good staff too.Isnt that true?Well once the staff remains,and stay focused,doing what they were doing under Grettas leadership,the school will continue to do well.I am afraid though,that you all parents will demoralise the new principal.

  3. Glenda Samuel
    September 17, 2017

    DNO.. The school has over 200 parents. Why didn’t you all take a more representative photo of protesting parents? Were there only 0.05 parents protesting?

  4. P.I.
    September 17, 2017

    AH! Although the principle is not enjoying what is taking place but, she must be feeling well loved and appreciated by the action of the parents. So much favouritism at the top, these parents know something we don’t.

  5. CONSCIOUS
    September 17, 2017

    Dominica school system has suffered for years. They system of using good, hard working teachers in certain havecbecime the norm. When parents talk about the quality of teachers they have never been heard and will not be heard in DOMINICA……………. In my time teachers care about peoples children. Now it is poor performance and everyone is getting a salary.

    • Think
      September 17, 2017

      In your time, parents probably cared about their children too and didn’t put all of the responsibility for their children’s learning on teacher’s shoulders….. so I guess it’s a correlated decline.

  6. Carigo
    September 17, 2017

    I think that this is a disrespect to the teachers at the school since they were the ones who played a critical role in carrying out the principal’s vision. They are the ones actually teaching n doing things to say the success of the school is solely the principal is disrespectful and demotivating

  7. September 17, 2017

    These parents need counseling, is it possible for principal Roberts to meet with these misguided parents? we may have to monitor their kids to see what they have become as they continue to grow. A clear example of parents spoiling the children.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 17, 2017

      The parents project a bad example for their children.

  8. Real truth
    September 16, 2017

    Answer these questions. Is there anything wrong or laws being broken for wanting there beloved principle to remain? Are there any laws banning there protest? ….. If the answers are no , let the ministry , principle, and parents sort it out….
    Parents, if you are not happy with the ministries desicion, take them to court…. But, please keep your little in school….
    Thanks.

    • Mother
      September 17, 2017

      Is it illegal to have sex with your father in law if you both consent? Just because something is not illegal does not mean it is right.

  9. DA citizen
    September 16, 2017

    labor party ask her to go up for them in the up coming by-election in Grandfond and because she refused they transfering her . weh weh . Domic pa Aza.

    • concern citizen
      September 17, 2017

      So those Dumb and corruption LABOUR PARTY supporters in D/ca know that and they are still belching bubbles?
      Then when NATURE will transfer SKERRIT they must take the Jim jones Coo lade
      She will not support CORUPTION like the EVANGELIST is doing and those so called God followers of D/ca Ii rest my case

  10. eye witness
    September 16, 2017

    only those who are deomonstrating are the foolish ones who did not sen their children . the smart ones sent there.

  11. monnnela
    September 16, 2017

    if the teacher is so good, why allu parents do not give her a gift of appreciation. instead of standing there go and do allu work. stop hurting your children. the principal already has her education in government you can move wherever they put you

  12. Man bites Dogs
    September 16, 2017

    Here now ladies you lots are disgusting stupid and shameful please go home look after yourselfs children and cook your old man dinner for when he comes back from work, Stop being stupid and get a life.

  13. September 16, 2017

    we can’t mive on when ministry still have her at her home when she prepare for Roseau primary and two days before school open all you telling her report to Goodwill primary so don’t talk if you don’t kno

  14. September 16, 2017

    we don’t have a problem they transfer her is the way the did it two days before school open and rite noe she is not atva school yet she is being treated like trash so shut your dam mouth if you don’t kno nothing

    • Daughter of the King
      September 17, 2017

      She is still being paid. Stop all u rubbish and go home. Véronique does not even have children at the school.

  15. mine
    September 16, 2017

    The parents are very selfish and Ms. Roberts should talk to them to let them know teachers are transferred to other school. They are protesting on her behalf she should stop it.

  16. Grateful Irma passed DA
    September 16, 2017

    Why are you guys protesting, wasting precious time. You should be at home ‘home schooling’ your children while you await your demands to be met. You claim welll wishers are pulling out. I would like to think that what ever donations they gave it would have to be about the school, not one individual. Other teachers/principals have been relocated, are we to see more protests?

  17. September 16, 2017

    Monkey see, monkey Do! A bad workman Blames his tools, too much TV watching, Can we all live as one? Nothing last forever, Empower our kids, prepare them for the furture, we like it so, we really, really like it. The minister said too bad let the chips fall where they may. HMMMMM, Decoded!

  18. Engineer
    September 16, 2017

    Dominicans are selfish people general speaking. You can feed. Clothes, house, and try to find the best solution for them, they will always find faults. Dominicans are like crabs. Do the best for them, and them bite you back in time.

  19. Mother
    September 16, 2017

    Mothers come on, be reasonable. You are not the only parents in Dominica. You cannot hold the teacher to ransom.

  20. Helas!
    September 16, 2017

    Who would like an incompetent principal in their school, and clearly the reason for transfer seem to indicate such.

  21. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    September 15, 2017

    When the Education Officer decides to transfer teachers/principals, parents must accept it. They do not owe parents an explanation.
    Parents, I understand your disappointment but please have respect for the educational authorities and system.
    You are also inconsiderate to the new principal. In simple words, you make her feel bad. For the sake of your children cease your protest. Give this new principal the opportunity to project to you that she is a capable person and principal.
    How many of you parents are teachers or were? How many of you have close relatives who are teachers or were teachers to know, the process of what it takes to be transferred or how they felt when they were transferred?
    Ask the previous male principals (if these are alive), their wives and their children. When these principals were transferred, it was sad to see them go. Some of them were transferred to different villages. Parents accepted their transfer and wished them well.

  22. lobourer
    September 15, 2017

    leave my pm alone Melisa gave a an award already. Go home.

  23. Sad but true
    September 15, 2017

    Dominican are so corward,parents of Roseau primary saw if fit to protest, only they that know what they are going to miss, them people in a democratic country leave them protest for the best. Already the new principal already start doing what she want. Only grade k and one eating lunch in school what happen to the rest of the children are they not hungry,I waiting for the same set of u to come and say the new principal killing the school a bunch of forward people in that dam country. Everybody walking on all and ally fraud ally shadow.

  24. September 15, 2017

    I don’t understand how these parents believe that they can simply make demands to have their teacher back and that is that; this is very childish

    In the meantime what about their respect for their new Principal, are they forgetting that she needs to be welcome? What if her production is just as good as Greta Roberts? Are they going give a chance to show herself, for the sake of their children?

    • Phillip Joseph
      September 15, 2017

      What example for their children eh.

      What make them believe that the Ministry of Education is “breaking up a good school to fix another”?

      From their actions, it seems to me that the parents are the employers of teachers and principals or Miss. Roberts.

    • Concerned citizen
      September 15, 2017

      You of people wanted her gone in the first place so stop hiding behind fake name. Is since 2016 you trying your best have her removed since you sitting on the board.

      Respect is earned as a teacher yourself you should know better.

      A christian person cannit be throwing worda for parents during prayer time at a school for parents wjo are only concerned about the well being of the children’s education…..

    • Kl Teacher
      September 15, 2017

      It’s not childish at all Elizabeth xvaier

    • Not your business
      September 15, 2017

      Stop hating all you in every school you pass you leave distruction behind and someone else always has to suffer the task of fixing what you unfix Ms Roberts or anyone else should not have to fix what you have life in your distructive path .you sound so personal in you comment.stop the hating .who is masdcre school doing now I wonder.

    • Sad but true
      September 15, 2017

      My dear u don’t treat the best like nothing,the lady is still at her home ,if u were a principal and they told u ,ur the best and send u at a school when u get there there,there is already a principal how would u feel

    • Waiting on God
      September 16, 2017

      send the Ms.Abraham and fix Goodwill Primary………and send Greta and fix the Ministry of Education…..make her the Chief Education Officer the one that is there is a WASTE OF TIME………these people in the ministry toooooooooo wicked..Is Greta the only ONE TO FIX SCHOOLS? Is the DONKEY WORK FOR ONE SET?

  25. A. George
    September 15, 2017

    I am sorry but these parents are selfish. If Ms. Roberts did so much for the school then to me that means she set a great foundation, and there are teachers who can carry on her vision, and students as well. The students through her I would hope have a change of attitude that their school is on par with others in the Roseau catchment area and the rest of Dominica for that matter. I remember when no one wanted to send their children to Roseau Girls and Roseau Boys.. it was a last resort for some. Ok she came and made it a school that many want their children to attend. Why can’t Goodwill Primary be similarly blessed?

    Go and help allu children eh … the teacher / principal is only part of the equation.

    • Parent of 3
      September 15, 2017

      We are not selfish as you say ……and yes we help our children and i hope you helping yours and not just sitting on the roadside gossiping whole day and night.

    • Galileo
      September 15, 2017

      I would go further than selfish to say out of place. Recently we have developed this protest craze in Dominica and the need to fight for our rights. There is nothing wrong with that but it must be nerited and done within reason.. This is a common practice at the begining of every school year. Please don’t relent min of education. They will become spoilt and the wrong message will be sent to other parents. Pwen guard.

    • Sad but true
      September 15, 2017

      Shame on u, if u have a vehicle and it working well what would u do

    • September 16, 2017

      a George shut shut your dam mouth upbto now d lady is notvin a school she is stressed and frustrated bcuz all principals have settled down already and she is home u don’t kno wsts goingvon so shut up

      • Shocked
        September 17, 2017

        Wow. Back to school for you.

  26. Fun&Frolic
    September 15, 2017

    So the car has a flat tire. The solution is to replace the flat with one of the good tires, and take the flat tire and replace it where the good tire was. Aha…Problem solved!! Dumb and Dumber would be proud of Ministry of Education problem solving skills.

    • Vexation
      September 15, 2017

      But it was the same she was the vice principal in 2006 and she was my vice principal and so they take her and send her rozo school to fix allu tires so she can go back now and fix her tires

  27. John_Locke
    September 15, 2017

    The problem is not the teacher the problem is the state indoctrinating your children . :lol: :lol: :lol:

  28. MI
    September 15, 2017

    Give it a rest and help allu children. The principle alone cant make your child make it in life. MOVE ON PPL

    • Parent of 3
      September 15, 2017

      The word is Principal……whomin the pan feels it

      • Bill Golberg
        September 16, 2017

        the words are whom in

  29. Dominican Passports
    September 15, 2017

    Where the fathers at? I guess Men don’t care about their children’s education… Just an observation. :roll:

    • Me
      September 15, 2017

      HUH? I thought the topic was about ‘A principal’

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 15, 2017

      Some men; not all of them. Some of you are prone to generalizing, placing everyone in the same category.
      You should know people are people. They are not one and the same and do not think like. Of all, they possess different characteristic, personality traits, morals and principles.
      There are some responsible fathers and there are some irresponsible ones, to the point of dead-beat dads. Sadly, some children do not know their fathers. Some men, when the women conceived, refused to accept that they were responsible for impregnating them. Some rejected their children from youth.
      When some of those children excelled in life, some of these ones want to claim them as their children and to be proud fathers.
      All the same, let us assume the fathers are working and have to bring home the bacon. You know, they are the breadwinners as they were called in those days. Therefore, some may not be able to protest and some may not be interested or some are nowhere to found.

    • Anonymous
      September 16, 2017

      Good question. Lots of single parent-families we have though and P.M. boosting them with housing and benefits.

  30. A A
    September 15, 2017

    Hahahaha…since when Ministry have to explain the reason for a transfer to parents? Like really? Well protest and keep your kids at home parents…smh

    Had Ms. Roberts resigned would they have tied her and take her back to their school?

    • Dominica 2 da world
      September 15, 2017

      Thst is a different situation ……where is your common sense…looks like #Irma left with it

    • Doc Love
      September 16, 2017

      If Ms Roberts was doing a bad job, would they have moved her.

    • September 16, 2017

      we don’t have a problem they transfer her us the way they did it. two days before school open all you telling d lady report ti goodwill primary come on people if you was in our shoes you will fill it Mrs Roberts us not yet at a school you folish people don’t kno nothing and jus talking d lady is still at her home why is she being treated like trash she deserve better so shut all of all you mouth

      • Hmmmmm
        September 18, 2017

        They did that last year with the Principal that was in Paix Bouche; she refused to transfer to Wesley. Guess what, she is now the Education Officer. Who knows, Ms, Roberts might soon get a big job in Min. of Education…..patience.

    • Waiting on God
      September 16, 2017

      Roberts girl resign let us see who ministry will get to fix Goodwill School…… You will do BETTER IN AMERICA………you can do without ministry ssssssssssssssssh

  31. KiD ON THE BLOCK
    September 15, 2017

    Well that school has no children since those are the only parents protesting. But why they dress in Blue so?

    • Dominica 2 da world
      September 15, 2017

      Oh waw you know a color, congratulations to you

      • Not your business
        September 15, 2017

        I can clearly see you have a problem with your sight since you are claiming the parents are all dressed in blue and you most definitelt have a btain malfunction since you are trying to make this protest political

    • Not your business
      September 15, 2017

      I can clearly see you have a problem with your sight since you are claiming the parents are all dressed in blue and you most definitelt have a btain malfunction since you are trying to make this protest political

    • Mama caca
      September 16, 2017

      U do seeing they dress in red too. Typical Laborite sakyway sort .

  32. KiD ON THE BLOCK
    September 15, 2017

    I wonder Who is suffering? The teacher, parents or the children?

    • Phillip Joseph
      September 15, 2017

      Good question. I wonder if the parents know the answer. Their actions suggest they don’t.

    • Waiting on God
      September 17, 2017

      KID ON THE BLOCK…….you are sooooooooo interesting in the children …….well go and fix Goodwill Primary….must GReta be the only one to work HARD LIKE THE DONKEY??????????? would you like what is happening to Greta for YOURSELF??????????????

      • A. George
        September 18, 2017

        Greta is being a smart woman that she is and dealing with things behind closed doors… take a page out of her book…

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