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  • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev Ronald Thwaites, has warned that the Ministry will dissolve school boards that are not functioning as they should.
  • Rev. Thwaites commended school board members for their spirit of volunteerism and the contribution many are making to the growth and development of their schools.
  • He noted, however, that school boards must raise the bar of excellence in the quality of leadership they provide to schools.

Minister of Education, Hon. Rev Ronald Thwaites, has warned that the Ministry will dissolve school boards that are not functioning as they should.

“The same way we appoint them, we will have to ‘disappoint’ them. We (will not) do it lightly and we (will not) do it contrary to the (Ministry of Education) regulations,” he stated.

Minister Thwaites was addressing the Ministry of Education’s Region 4 Back-to-School Stakeholders’ Conference at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort in Montego on Thursday, July 10. The conference, held under the theme: ‘Policy to Practice: Raising the Bar of Excellence in Student Achievement,’ was attended by principals, board chairmen and other stakeholders from the 170 schools in the region.

Rev. Thwaites commended school board members for their spirit of volunteerism and the contribution many are making to the growth and development of their schools.

He noted, however, that school boards must raise the bar of excellence in the quality of leadership they provide to schools. He said that no member of any board has a “lifetime fief” on any position and must therefore make way for others when they cease to add value to their schools and the progress of students.

“There are some people who, even if they accept appointments, they get tired, they get distracted or they have their own prejudices and it is not for the good of the school. Remember, none of us are in our positions because of our intrinsic merit or the beauty of our face or personality. We are only here if we can add value to student achievement,” the Minister stated.

He suggested that the regional offices and school principals be consulted for their input in the appointment of school boards, including the chairmen. He said that while principals cannot appoint boards, “they are in the know as to who will work and who will not.”

The Education Minister commended Member of Parliament, Dr. Horace Chang, in whose constituency the conference was held, for his commitment to education.

Dr. Chang, in his remarks, cited education as the only legitimate route to social mobility and sustainable growth in the country.

He challenged other parliamentarians to appoint school boards and chairmen, who will lead the process of uplifting schools into institutions of excellence with the objective of producing viable citizens.