Go after ‘Miss’... not ‘Mammy’
ONE could not help but note the Police Service PR Unit threatening parents about having their children attend school during the days and times allotted for such.
I, like many, have noted the frequency with which children are not in school. Again, the police went out of their way to demonstrate their total disconnect with the society in which they operate.
Like many, I have friends, relatives, associates and neighbours whose children are home several days during any given week. The minute I see them home, I ask why. It is usually that “Miss” or “Sir” did not come to school today.
Other frequent responses from the seven- and eight-year-olds are: Miss is sick, or Miss had to attend a meeting, a funeral, visit the doctor. And then children are sent home early when Miss has to go to the bank, or Miss simply had to “go out”.
I recall a recent report which stated that on any given day, 20 per cent of the teachers in Government schools are absent. The report noted that many teachers showed up, signed in, and then signed right back out.
So the Police Service is farse and out of place to threaten parents about sending their children to school. Parents, contrary to what members of the Police Service think, are fed up and frustrated with absentee teachers.
However, they fear voicing their concern, for they are aware their children will be victimised. Few parents deliberately keep their children away from school. In these cases the assistance of social workers is required, as there are usually many other issues which would dictate such decision.
Perhaps what the Police Service should do is go after the delinquent teachers and charge them for collecting money under false pretences (fraud). For far too long our children, especially poor children, have had no voice in their education. For far too long, teachers have been making unreasonable demands, all the while neglecting our children.
And then we wonder why we have the many social problems we do! The social problems we experience did not manifest themselves overnight.
They started someplace and that someplace is usually in the failed education system which has been producing more bullies and “badjohns” than scholars.
Yet many of the badjohns and bullies, who have found themselves in positions of authority today, find it fashionable and appropriate to threaten parents who fail to send their children to school.
Rudy Chato Paul, Sr