The President of the Association of Public Primary School Principals Ivan Clarke believes that students must see their school as a second home that must be kept tidy at all times.
Clarke’s comments were made over the weekend as the controversy rages on over the suspension and possible transfer of a Springer Memorial Secondary School student who refused to remove a wrapper on the school premises after being told to do so by a teacher.
Clarke, who was addressing the annual National Primary School Awards at Queen College, reminded the students of the need to care for their schools.
He told the primary school students: “Your school must be treated like a
second home. I see nothing wrong with students keeping their surroundings clean. You have got to learn from now that you keep your room at home clean; you keep your school tidy and you keep your streets clean.”
The primary school principal told his audience that one of the biggest problems in Barbados was the large amount of visible garbage on the streets.
Arguing that the chief offenders were adults and not the little ones, Clarke asked: “And do you know who puts the garbage there? The adults. There is no way a child can deposit a refrigerator, a deep freeze and a twin mattress on Farm Road, St George.