In a matter of weeks, once all goes according to plan, Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave would have visited every single primary school in Barbados.
He made that announcement this morning during his latest school stop at the Gordon Walters Primary School, saying it had been an honour getting to meet the nation’s young students.
“I have now visited all the primary schools in Christ Church and by November 7, I hope that all primary schools in the island would have received a visit from me,” Sir Elliott said.
The purpose of his school visits has been to motivate both teachers and students.
Sir Elliott pleaded with teachers and students at the Gordon Walters Primary School to try harder to raise passes in the Common Entrance Examination.
“The pass mark at the recent Common Entrance Examination was not great. In English, it was 67 per cent and Maths was just 41 per cent. I hope that was just a temporary lapse and this school will do much better next year. The principal is aware of these things but we will not dwell on it . . . . I hope the teachers and students will redouble their efforts and do better next year,” the Governor General said.
He also gave the students his usual messages of encouragement to stay on the right path, saying that the messages were needed even if they sounded repetitive.
“Students should not engage in drugs, drink alcohol or use abusive language. Young ladies should not be brawling but should seek to be young ladies of class who respect themselves, that others in turn could respect them,” Sir Elliott advised.
The Governor General was extremely pleased with the entertainment package prepared for him, particularly the solo by Rebekah Price of one of his favourite songs, The Ash Grove.
Sir Elliott told her she showed much promise and should keep singing.
He also expressed his appreciation for the other entertainment which included two dramatic pieces, Barrow and That Little Boy, and Emmerton which was sung by the school choir.