“Everyone seems to be in agreement with president [Paula Mae] Weekes’ [call to overhaul our education system], which isn’t surprising for two reasons: she’s the President; and she offered no concrete examples of what an overhaul would constitute.
“This vagueness allows anyone to agree to an overhaul, according to whatever they conceive that to be.”
The following Letter to the Editor on president Paula Mae Weekes’ call to overhaul the Trinidad and Tobago education system was submitted to Wired868 by Kevin Baldeosingh of Freeport:
The recent statement by president Paula Mae Weekes that Trinidad and Tobago’s education system should be ‘overhauled’ has drawn universally positive responses from certain quarters, including Education Minister Anthony Garcia.
Everyone seems to be in agreement with president Weekes, which isn’t surprising for two reasons: she’s the president; and she offered no concrete examples of what an overhaul would constitute.
This vagueness allows anyone to agree to an overhaul, according to whatever they conceive that to be. But it is noticeable that everyone who has expressed agreement with president Weekes have proffered measures which, far from being against the pedagogical status quo, only constitute more of the same.
A true overhaul of our education system, however, could start with three reforms: (1) privatising all the denominational schools; (2) creating autonomous school boards for all government schools, including the power to hire and fire teachers; (3) removing any state-mandated regulations for the opening of a school in order to allow more variety and competition in the education sector.
I need hardly add that everyone who has expressed support for an education overhaul will reject all of these suggestions.