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Education Week focuses on discipline

Walwyn

This year’s Education Week has gotten underway and the ministry is focusing on student discipline.

Education Week began on Sunday (April 15) and will run till Saturday.

It is being held under the theme: Be Disciplined, Achieve Excellence.

Discipline was chosen as the focus this year amid a series of public fights and general unruliness from students at Elmore Stoutt High.

“The choice for the future is yours … you live and die by the choices you make. Don’t care what anybody tells you, nobody can force you to smoke marijuana, nobody can force you to do something that they want you to do,” said Bishop Ishmael Charles of the New Testament Church of God, International Worship Centre.

He was speaking at an Education Week function on Sunday.

“Life is a journey and it is time to exalt wisdom. It is time to understand that you are not here because you are here, you were born for and with a purpose in life.”

The Baughers Bay-based church was chosen as one of the many churches that school children and education officials, including the Education Minister Myron Walwyn, visited recently.

“We did something different this year. Rather than having one service, we asked the schools to align themselves with a church that is close to where the school is, or where the school had a real connection with the church,” Walwyn said.

He said because of the importance of Education, the week could not be cancelled.

“We had to show our respect [and] our honour to the principals and the teachers and administrators who worked so hard to get school going again. It’s going to be a lovely week.” 

Activities

In the meantime, several activities have already taken place, while a number of other activities are scheduled.

 Sunday

The week started with a territory-wide church day on April 15 followed by the statement from Minister Walwyn on ZBVI. 

Monday

All schools took part in a special general assembly.

Tuesday

Specially invited guests visited all schools and addressed students in relation to this year’s theme. 

Wednesday

Teacher Exchange: Teachers from various schools are expected to teach new classes or teach at a different school for the day.

Thursday

Debate and impromptu speech finals at Althea Scatliffe Primary School. The topic of the debate is: ‘Privatization of the public sector will serve the public interest in the Virgin Islands’.

The St Georges Secondary School will propose the moot, while the Bregado Flax Educational Centre will oppose.

It is expected to start at 5:30pm. 

Friday

Early Childhood Culture fair at the Tortola Pier Park lawn.

The event will begin at 9:30am and end at 11:30am.

Saturday

Teachers Awards and Cocktail Reception.

It will begin from  6pm at the Tortola Pier Park lawn.

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  1. Hmmmmm says:

    Nothing but a — man

  2. lol says:

    IT SHOULD BE EDUCATION M——- WEAK

  3. Fed up says:

    Student discipline is a joke. Until parent become parents and stop being their children’s best friends, we will continue to see the downward spiral. Until the Ministry of Education gets tough and support the initiatives of the principals who try to enforce the rules we will continue on the downward slide. We all have to work together. Teachers can’t do it alone. Parents can’t do it alone. What will it take to get us back to being our brother’s keeper? Talk is cheap!!!!!!!!

  4. My take says:

    I use to support this man and respect him but because of his inability to be —— and his ability to be ——— I have loss all —- and confidence in him.

  5. Adonnaish says:

    Education weak

  6. ReX FeRaL says:

    Ah boy. You cannot control what you are not willing to confront Minister WalWyn.

  7. Model says:

    Children are a reflection of their environment whether domestically, school, church or other groups, but more so domestically.

    We agree that parents have responsibilities to nurture children,however the children would also be affected by people where ever they spend a considerable amount of time.

    We are not perfect;respect and good morals help maintain a particular standard that we would like to see. Leaders have a major responsibility to display respect too.

    IN THIS CASE WHERE WE HAVE VIOLENCE AND EMBARRASSMENTS CONCERNING STUDENTS REMEMBER WHEN WE MODEL DISRESPECT ,DEVIOUSNESS and DOUBLE STANDARDS WE MUST NOT BE SURPRISED WHEN OUR CHILDREN ACT OUT WHAT SOME OF US MODEL IN CHILDREN’S PRESENCE.

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