Principals urged to play part in student’s success

Fontaine said principals and teacher must work together. File photo
Fontaine said principals and teacher must work together. File photo

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.


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  1. educator
    September 13, 2016

    All these comments are addressed to the wrong set of people…….tell them teachers to start writing and advocating, and show that they are willing to show their students how to fight for their rights instead of having those who we have to educate…..remain compliant and docile just to facilitate the Modus Operandi of those in power…….our teachers are cowards and hence who will our students be…………….what are we teaching them? what qualities/ characteristics are we instilling……..guess we need to re-educate our teachers…………….
    Start reading……………’Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire………..FREE UP YOURSELVES…….SHOW THEM WE HAVE THE POWER AND THEN……………????????? :twisted: :evil: :-

    • viewsexpressed
      September 14, 2016

      Amen, good comments by an “Educator”. Well said.

  2. Independent Observer
    September 13, 2016

    Same old rhetoric.

  3. retarded
    September 12, 2016

    an all u just dere hitting people children. all u makng dem more retarded than anyting with blows. stop hit people children. it will come back to all you

  4. September 12, 2016

    appoint them so they can be able to buy a malt to drink at the end of the month after talkig sooooooooooooo much. God is just watching the wicknees u all are doing. He will deal with all you. Time will Tell

  5. Iluvteachers
    September 12, 2016

    When will teachers be appointed oh my! They are tired of begging.

  6. %
    September 12, 2016

    That’s why some secondary schools end at 2.00pm now? …Teachers are being stretched to the limit,and students are eating twice as much JUNK FOOD….This is SCARY for our youthful population!!!

  7. weypawhen/nenen
    September 12, 2016

    one for the previous topic

  8. Neverson st jean
    September 12, 2016

    Raise their pay as high as the speaker of the house because they do a better and more important job than her

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