Jamaican-born and United States-based literacy specialist, Dr. Paula Webster, says while teachers are doing what they can to educate the nation’s children, it is pivotal that parents play their part in reinforcing what the teachers impart to the children.
“The parents have to play their part, teachers can only do so much. My parents made sure that I did my homework, they wanted to see my homework when it was done, and we must expose our teachers to new strategies to improve learning,” she said in an interview with JIS News.
Dr. Webster, a past student of the Race Course Primary School, made the point during a tour of the school in Clarendon, by the wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen
Past student of the Race Course Primary in Clarendon, Dr. Paula Webster, engages Grade One students at the institution during a visit to the school by the wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen.
She told JIS News that with parental support, she was able to succeed, as teachers saw her potential to do well and gave her encouragement.
“We want for children to work hard and make the sacrifice and be whatever they want to be, but it comes with discipline,” she stated.
Principal of Race Course Primary, Leighton Johnson, in highlighting the work of the institution, told JIS News that while the major emphasis is on academics, the school tries to impart positive values to students, and expose them to various aspects of life and individuals who can give them hope.
“Despite other things that are happening around them, we are showing our students that space is there for growth and development,” he said.
He explained that Dr. Webster was a valuable partner in life of the school, as she has been offering alternative ways of teaching at the Grade One level and staging workshops, so that the teachers can use other ways to teach.
Head Boy, Shenoii Nelson, and Head Girl, Shannelle Salmon, explained that the students enjoy listening to successful people who help to motivate them, and make them understand that hard work pays great dividends.
“It is a motivation to students to follow in their footsteps, and to believe that it doesn’t matter where you are from, with hard work, you can achieve success,” said Shannelle.