MIN. OF EDUC. MOVES TO IMPROVE SCHOOL SECURITY AFTER ANOTHER BREAK IN

Education Minister Doctor Gale Rigobert says school security remains a major concern for her Ministry. As such, authorities have tabled for consideration and implementation, a programme that will address security issues in schools around the island. The minister’s comments follow a break-in at the Gros Islet Secondary School over the weekend. Break-ins at schools over the years have become increasingly frequent despite attempts by officials to curb the problem. In some cases, bandits have even assaulted and critically injured security personnel. A few weeks ago, at least thirty school security…

CARMEN RENEE HOLDS OPEN DAY

The Carmen Renee Memorial School held an Open Day on Thursday giving parents the opportunity to come in and see what the learning institution has to offer. The Open Day is the first of its kind for the school and the School’s Principal calls it -one with a difference. The theme for the day was “ Embracing Excellence, Creativity and Diversity with Parental Collaboration. Parents showed up in large numbers eager to see their children’s work showcased and that of the children who displayed their other skills as well. The…

STUDENTS WORRIED ABOUT JOB PROSPECTS ON GRADUATING

Form Four Students of the Ciceron Secondary School took to the streets on Wednesday in an effort to draw the Government’s attention to the need to increase youth employment opportunities. The Students also engaged MP for the area Dr. Ernest Hilaire in discussions on the subject. Form Four students of the Ciceron  Secondary School  bearing their placards highlighting the theme “Youth employment”. With one more year to go before they write their CXC examinations they are understandably concerned about their future in terms of employment. The students persuaded  their teachers…

STUDENTS COUNCIL BACKS GOV. ON CORPORAL PUNISHMENT ISSUE

The Saint Lucia National Students’ Council (NSC) has thrown its support behind government’s decision to end corporal punishment at local schools. The organization says it condemns violence in any form, including corporal punishment. President of the Saint Lucia National Students’ Council Miss Desray Desir says the organization supports government’s decision wholeheartedly. The NSC president says it is imperative that the welfare of students remain a priority at the learning institutions on the island. She says there are alternative forms of discipline which can be enforced Opponents of the move say…

FORMER PRINCIPAL SAYS STUDENTS REAL VICTIMS OF SICKOUT BY TEACHERS

A former Principal is concerned about the impact of this week’s sickout by teachers on students- especially those preparing for exams. The Department of Education suspended classes Monday to facilitate an emergency meeting by the St. Lucia Teachers Union to discuss salary negotiations. Monday’s meeting ended with the SLTU giving the government Negotiating Team till Thursday this week to meet with them to discuss the way forward but on Tuesday, a number of teachers called in sick forcing the closure of several schools Teachers stayed away from school on Tuesday,…

SLP SAYS TEACHERS SHOULD’VE EBEN CONSULTED ON CORPORAL PUNISHMENT ISSUE

SLP Leader Philip J Pierre says a St. Lucia Labour Party Government  would have engaged the relevant stakeholders  in discussion first before making a decision on corporal punishment. Mr. Pierre was speaking in light of a recent cabinet conclusion to effect a suspension of corporal punishment by May1st this year. A move that has not sat well with the  St. Lucia Teachers Union. More from Don Nicholas The St. Lucia teachers Union argued that  there was no point in the Ministry of Education  arranging a meeting with the organization to…

SANDALS AND HANDS ACROSS THE SEA LEND A HAND TO IMPROVE LITERACY AT SCHOOLS

To help stem the tide of literacy problems among local students the Hands Across the Sea, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the literacy levels of children in the Eastern Caribbean and the Sandals foundation donated four remedial reading kits to the Sir Ira Simmons Secondary School. The donation comes at a time when literacy is one of the major challenges confronting educators at the primary school level. The donation by the Hands Across The Sea organization and the Sandals Foundation comes at a time when secondary school students continue to struggle…

DISTRICT TWO SCHOOLS HOLD INDEPENDENCE RALLY

Education Officials have put together a program designed to expose students to independence related concepts  to better inform them about St. Lucia’s history and journey toward Independence. On Wednesday the Education District Two organized a rally for the schools under its care to mark the occasion. 13 schools within Education District Two participated in a  rally to mark St. Lucia’s 40 th independence anniversary. The activity included theatrical displays singing and dancing. The Education Office put together a program designed to educate the students on the island’s jounry to Independence…

UNITED & STRONG CONDEMNS GIRLS KISSING VIDEO

Local advocacy group United and Strong has condemned the recent circulation of pornographic videos featuring school children, on social media. In the latest video, two female students are shown sharing an intimate kiss while still at school. The organization believes such actions should not be undertaken by minors especially when in uniform. The 15 second video, shows the two embracing each other while their classmates cheer and egg them on. The students were criticized for what some see as inappropriate behavior by the two. The video which was uploaded over…

COURTS OPTICAL HELPING STUDENTS SEE BETTER

COURTS OPTICAL St. Lucia today launched the “Brighter View” initiative, the corporate social responsibility initiative for St. Lucia.  The program is geared at providing free spectacles for students who cannot afford to purchase them. For this year, COURTS OPTICAL will be giving out 250 pairs of eye glasses to students from the age of 5 and 18 years old from schools Islandwide. In order to ensure that no student in need of eye care is left out, Courts Optical is working along with the Ministry of Education officials who would…