Local business magnate, Ralph ‘Bizzy’ Williams today stressed the importance of cohesive relationships between parents and teachers, noting that both sides need to do their best “to be on one team”.
Addressing the executive committee conference of the Barbados National Council of Parent-Teachers Associations (BNCPTA) at the Divi Southwinds Resort, Williams highlighted the need for parents and teachers to work together to discipline students.
“Children are very smart, if they see a little crack between the unity of the teachers and the parents, they will use the opportunity to avoid discipline and get their own way,” he said.
On the issue of addressing problems at the school, Williams advised parents to speak with the PTA instead of turning to social media when they are not satisfied with ongoing issues.
“My view is that the parents and the teachers, through the Parent Teachers Association, should have an excellent system of communication. Modern technology allows for it, there is no reason why we should not have it.
“I believe that this communication should be between parents and teachers. It should not be in front of children. Children have no reason to be involved in discussions between parents and teachers,” Williams said.
He added that the correct procedure is to approach the school through the PTA and address the matter at hand.
“The wrong thing to do is to rush to a lawyer or go to Facebook and publicise the whole thing, for all the children in the school to have access to all of this information.”
Deputy Chief Education Officer, Joy Adamson, who shared similar sentiments, told meeting: “I don’t think a lot people understand that when you post things … even with Whatsapp, they are public. It’s like going on Broad Street next to Nelson statue and broadcasting it. It does not just remain between persons.”
Meanwhile Williams also cited a lack of ethnic diversity in the BNCPTA.
“I am the only white person in here which is very disturbing. Where are the white mothers and fathers? I don’t see any other ethnic groups in here either so something is wrong. Right here we don’t have a cohesive community,” he told the conference.