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  • There is an urgent need for parents to begin playing a greater role in the lives of their children, especially during their primary and high school years.
  • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites has called on administrators of schools across the island to move decisively to establish a written contract between parents and the institutions.
  • Rev. Thwaites said parents must do more than just be a member of the Parent-Teacher Association.

There is an urgent need for parents to begin playing a greater role in the lives of their children, especially during their primary and high school years, states Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites.

He called on administrators of schools across the island to move decisively to establish a written contract between parents and the institutions, for both parties to forge a partnership in teaching and raising the students.

Rev. Thwaites, who was speaking in Montpellier, St. James, recently, said “many of us are not as good parents as we should be. We are content with sending the children to school and the teachers must do the rest…it cannot go that way.”

“If you want your children to come out to something, there has to be a close relationship between the parents and the school,” the Minister emphasized.

Rev. Thwaites said being a member of the Parent-Teacher Association is no longer an option for parents. “You must do more. There must be a contract between the school and each parent, stating that there is an acceptance of the responsibility to keep in touch with the school…respecting the authority of the school to discipline the student, commitment to paying some form of auxiliary fees and respecting the authority of the teachers to give homework and agreeing to ensure that the homework is done,” the Minister added.

Meanwhile, he said the soon to be established Anchovy High School Campus 2 at Montpellier, in St. James, should be used not only for the benefit of students, but for the improvement of the education of their parents and other residents of the area.

“Many of us need to upgrade our skills. We say we are masons and carpenters, but we do not have any certification and when it is time to take the job opportunities, there is nothing to show in terms of qualification. The Government sees education as a lifelong process and therefore I want this campus to become a centre for lifelong learning. Those who never received a high school diploma can use the facilities in the evenings and on weekends,” the Minister urged.

“We will see to it that HEART facilities come on board and offer levels 1 and 2 certification here at Montpellier, so the men and women…mothers and fathers can upgrade themselves in order to obtain employment,” he said.