Sunday 20 October, 2019

'Threats and insults' in the classroom: disciplinary action for Miss

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A teacher at the Tranquillity Government Primary School is expected to face disciplinary action following the circulation of a voice recording in which she allegedly threatens and hurls insults at students.

Speaking with reporters following a visit to the school on Tuesday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said he, along with officials, was left “disturbed” by the situation and with a “painful feeling in our stomachs”.

Garcia confirmed that the teacher in question has been removed from classes while arrangements have been made for her to work from the staff room in the interim.

A letter ordering the teacher to cease to report for duty is expected to be issued by the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) in a matter of days.

Meanwhile, Garcia shared additional concerns regarding other reports of issues at the school involving teaching staff.

“It seems to us that apart from the rants of that teacher, there is a general feeling of indiscipline among not only students but teaching staff. It has been made clear to us that some teachers don’t seem to be able to conform to the regular standards of good performance.

We have been told about late coming, we have been told about absences, we have been told about a general lethargy in terms of the performance of some members of staff.”

He also noted that the school has a history of violating the rules and instituting corporal punishment, conducting private lessons on the school’s compound and other infractions that must be urgently addressed.

Garcia said the Ministry will meet with school supervisors and the director of school supervision to remedy the issues at the school.

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