Saint Jean urges school principals to provide effective leadership in schools

Saint Jean speaking at the conference. * Sean Douglas photo

Minister of Education and Human Resource Development Petter Saint Jean has called on school principals to manage their institutions in a way that will guarantee that students are provided with a broad-based education.

The minister, who addressed the ceremonial launch of a new Education Enhancement Project yesterday, said that government’s investments in education cannot stand alone but need the involvement of all stakeholders if it is to be effective.

Saint Jean said that competent school leadership is key.

“The importance of effective school leadership in developing student competencies cannot be over emphasized… Such investments can only go as far as the distance allowed by the stakeholders.  School principals are therefore critical partners in the drive to maximize students’ experience of schooling,” he stated.

“Investment in education on its own cannot and will not make a profound difference to our education system… School plants must therefore be managed by principals with a clear vision and a set of standards geared at student attainment.  These plants must be manned by teachers who are highly professional and who constantly seek avenues to better their own performance,” the minister said.

Saint Jean also noted that parental support will largely compliment the efforts of the ministry and these institutions.

“They must, and I want to repeat here, they must be supported by parents who are enormously keen on the achievements of the students and who demonstrate this interest through sustained collaboration  with the schools,” he stated.

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  1. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011

    The ministry of education knows well what is happening in the schools. They taking unprofessional principals from one school and placing them in larger schools to try and shake them from their drudgery. But you can take a man from africa but you cannot take africa out of him. If they not performing in small schools how de heck will they in a larger one. you not seeing those educated maccaques making joke. When they finish they come on the air and try to blame principals and teachers for their mess.

  2. sir paul goodwill secondary school
    September 21, 2010


  3. yes papa
    August 30, 2010

    Minister you are right on the button. Have your visited the DGS lately? but this is good for us. we never miss the water till the well runs dry.Simeon hadhis ways but he was the best thing that happen to DGS. DGS has lost all credibility. in time of Joseph teachers were dressed professionally now female teachers coming to school in piece of cloth … and … crew sitting in staff room gossiping about students.

  4. Salisbury
    July 7, 2010

    A 6.1 million dollar top of the art school is dying because of the PRINCIPAL. I support you 101% Mr Minister.

  5. Out of South City
    July 7, 2010

    I agree with you 100% Minister St.Jean. Without insight and foresight concerning education, there will be no oversight.

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