Education Minister Defends His Ministry’s Automatic Promotion Policy
And at that ceremony too the Education Minister stood his ground with his ministry’s automatic promotion policy which mandates teachers to promote all students even the ones who would have failed their examinations and may not be ready for the next class of work.
The issue was recently replaced on the front burner when a linden secondary school headmaster was taken before the teaching service commission after he refused to promote 30 students who did not pass their exams. The students the headteacher said cannot read and write and he cannot with a good heart promote them to the other class even if it’s a policy.
The education minister begs to differ.
The education ministry’s automatic promotion policy which is dubbed no child left behind, has angered both parents and teachers. Many parents believe the policy is bad for Guyana’s children and teachers couldn’t agree more. Still the education minister appears to be saying that the ministry will not budge.
The Linden headteacher who took a stand against the policy has since been warned that he needs to follow the directive. But even the parents of the students he has refused to promote are in support of his stand. There have been calls for the policy to be recalled for there to be consultation across the board on the best way forward to deal with underachievers in schools.