Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave has warned school girls in Barbados not to force their way into adulthood by engaging in mature activities. Instead, he urged them to enjoy their schooldays and to be kind to each other –– not being greedy or selfish in their doings.
The Head of State told them that he found students fighting amongst themselves as an awful state of affairs.
“Do not follow bad examples by fighting each other and attempting to stone each other on the streets, or on the buses, as has happened elsewhere,” Sir Elliott warned.
The Governor General was today delivering remarks during a visit to Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School at Government Hill in St Michael.
“That is not the way for young people to behave. It is not good for them; it is not good for the country; it is not good for anybody,” he stressed.
Sir Elliott encouraged the students and teachers of the school, one of the leading ones in primary education and sport, to maintain and enhance the institution’s rich history.
The Governor General said the results of the recent Common Entrance Examination had shown the school scoring an excellent mark in English at 78 per cent and 67 per cent in mathematics.
“I think from what the principal said, she is proud that the school has achieved that high level of excellence. Sixty-seven per cent in maths is good, but 70 percent would be much better.
“So don’t sit back and say, ‘We have beaten everybody and that will do’. There is 100 per cent marks to be attained in each subject. There are further marks to be gained; so seek them out, teachers and students,” he said.
Sir Elliott indicated that while mathematics was not the favourite subject of most students, it was needed for most career choices.
He also commended the school’s vibrant extracurricular activities programme, saying he was especially impressed with the Scout and Brownie groups.
Sir Elliott also praised the well-conceived and beautifully entertainment package that included songs, acrostics, poems and dance.
Afterwards, he greeted selected students and teachers from each class, engaging them in conversation.