Chief Education Officer, Melena Fontaine has called on principals to continue to play their part in ensuring that students succeed.
She made that call while addressing the first principal’s meeting for the 2016/2017 academic year held at the Public Service Union (PSU) Building recently.
According to her, teachers and principals must collaborate to get work done.
“This, therefore is my call to you our principals, let us all make a conscious effort to do what is necessary towards our vision that each child succeeds,” she said. “Irrespective of the size of your school, you must be aware of who your students are and what is happening to them in the classroom.”
She also urged principals to work with their teachers and to give full support to those who are functioning effectively, “and do all in your power to assist those who are lagging behind.”
She said every effort must be made to engage the parents of all the students.
“The officers of the ministry will continue to work closely with you as we seek to achieve our goals,” Fontaine stated.
Meantime, Education Minister Petter Saint Jean said the Ministry of Education recognizes the challenges and as such pledge their support all principals, “recognizing that your task is a humongous one.”
“We recognize the tremendous challenges that you are faced with on a daily basis, and even more so now that our parents, our children are much more aware of the rights, and of course they tend to forget their responsibilities but they are much more aware of their rights as compared to what obtained in the 70’s, the 80’s and the early 90’s,”Saint Jean noted. “Within the Ministry of Education, we recognize that the task of manning a school is not an easy one. In fact, I often say to the officials within the Ministry of Education that most if not all have had the experience of running an institutional education, a school.”
Saint Jean stated that during the last school year secondary schools were able to make serious strides, in particular, the CXC/CSEC Exams.
“So I want to commend you because I believe that we all can celebrate the achievements of the Ministry of Education. I speak here particularly of the results of the CXC/CSEC Exams, both external and internal exams, which to my mind demonstrate in a very practical way that when as staff, as principals, as an education system, we do what we ought to that we can reap the sure fruits of our hard work…,” he said.
Saint Jean believes that the achievement of the children of Dominica is symbolic of the work that both principals and teachers do on a daily basis.