Saint Jean calls on school principals to take their roles seriously

Education Minister Petter Saint Jean

Education Minister, Petter Saint Jean has called on principals to take their roles as managers seriously as they begin the new academic year on Monday.

He spoke at the National Principals’ Meeting held at the Newtown Primary School on Friday.

“Principals as we embark on a new academic year I wish to admonish you to take your role as manager seriously,” he advised. “You and you alone are responsible for what goes on at your school. When your school succeeds you are proud…”

According to Saint Jean, accountability in leadership is key.

“If you are to distinguish yourself as a successful manager, I call upon you to endeavor to maintain an effective accountability structure and ensure that key controls exist and that they are working as you intend them to,” he stated.

He told the principals that as they return to their schools to fulfill the role as administrator, motivator and instructional leader, they “need to recognize that you do so at a time when our education system is fraught with challenges brought on by the far-reaching consequences of climate change.”

“You have witnessed first-hand the impact that disasters can cause, that they can have on our schools and the lives of our future generation, our children,” Saint Jean noted.

Saint Jean said that his ministry going forward need to engage Principals, “the people who are on the ground on a daily basis on how best we can create schools that are equipped to respond effectively in emergency situations.”

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16 Comments

  1. Mr. Ben Dover
    September 11, 2018

    Teachers should be paid more. They hold the key to the nation’s future.

  2. JAH KAL
    September 10, 2018

    StJean you look very worride enjoy your last days u can run because you have a French passport the one asstaphan say u havent got the world will find out later.

  3. viewsexpressed
    September 10, 2018

    “Saint Jean calls on school principals to take their roles seriously….” This is a mistake St. Jean, what you intend to write id this:
    “Dominicans calls on Saint Jean to take their political roles seriously and stop this Bobol, incompetence and corruption and bad governance taking place in our country.”

    We understand that this waste of time government are too gar gone in their corruption and has failed us in their immature governing of Domininca. They have created poverty ore than any other corrupt county in the world. St. Jeanyouare religious man, and please go find the confession box and get out of this dirty politics
    you engage with Skerrit at the helm of this incompetence. Skerrit is a failed politician and a failed Prime Minister. He must go and he must take you St Jean with him and you the failed useless failed Ministers. Shame on you st. jean, shame. Your words has no value, meaning nothing at all. Goodbye Go.

  4. Massacre
    September 9, 2018

    This St. Jean guy is such an arrogant “airhead” sometimes I don’t even know if he himself understands his job.

    The Principals and teachers have been taking their jobs very serious all these years you and your Lazy party have been hindering them in their duties and still not increasing their

  5. God's child
    September 9, 2018

    Mr. St jean you should start looking at the principals who drink on the job and use their position to oppress teachers. With just one call and a teacher can be transferred with no good reasoning. Just check the south schools and see.

    • Neville
      September 11, 2018

      He not get involved with them because most are die hard labour supporters. They wouldn’t have gotten the job otherwise.

  6. Nahla
    September 8, 2018

    Those principals in the schools terrirozing teachers. Those people in the white house who think that teachers are beneath them and should be threatened.
    This higher ups who feel that teachers are the weakest link.
    We are tired of working hard so you degreed folks could look down on us. We do the work!!!!!

  7. Just thinking
    September 8, 2018

    Mr.St.Jean should attend some motivation seminar to be able to support and help teachers and admin in the task.
    Schools are under intense pressure as are the pupils.
    Nothing in that speech to encourage.Bottom of the class sir.

  8. Just thinking
    September 8, 2018

    I’m sure such a far reaching exultation will inspire the teaching profession,who work under poor conditions,to give that extra effort.Suggest Mr St. Jean attend some motivation seminar .Bottom of the class

  9. %
    September 8, 2018

    Mr St Jean sir I am looking at your face in the photo above sir,and sir i am forced sir to ask the question sir…. Did you have one or two “”shoot””, before this photo? You look “”Bwe lay”.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      September 9, 2018

      % You can see Peter LOOKING AS YOU SAY Bwe lay but you don’t see the(pal rep) one from Wesley! Not only looking Bwe lay ………………….. Take the laci out of your eyes before telling someone else to clean theirs.

  10. Me
    September 8, 2018

    Accountability in leadership is key! And who is your leader Petter?

  11. Paul Rossnof
    September 8, 2018

    What a shallow vessel this one is. Sometimes one wonders where they get them from…

  12. %
    September 8, 2018

    He told the principals “you and you alone are responsible for what goes on in your school”…. That’s a false statement.Without the help of the teachers,and even the ancillary staff,we do not have a school.This question of accountability needs explanation .Mr St Jean are some principals unaccountable? financially sir?
    If so have been telling them to go and fix it ?
    Please Reply!!!

  13. Dreamer
    September 7, 2018

    Then he remarks, “And we will give teachers and principals 1) Job security – appointments, 2) insurance on the job and 3) a salary that would correlate with the work they you all do.”
    Then the whole world took Mr. Minister seriously.

    If you know what’s good, go and pack your self before we put you on leave with immediate effect like your friends..

  14. JBaptiste
    September 7, 2018

    “…..the far reaching consequences of climate change”
    I would really like to hear one of these ministers explain climate change in their own words and not simply regurgitate what is propagated by mass media. It seems to be a fit all excuse to justify their failures not unlike the world economic crisis before it.
    Btw we still waiting on your statement for Ross exit, after all you are the minister of education.

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