Teachers welcome Jacobs’ summit idea

POSTED: 06/4/12 1:43 PM

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Silveria Jacobs says her idea for a teacher’s summit has been welcomed by educators at the schools she’s already been at as part of the school tour she began on May 31. So far the minister has visited Sister Regina Primary, Leonard Conner, Oranje, St. Joseph Primary, Christian Hillside and the Seventh Day Adventist School. Each stop included a meet and greet with the principal, the staff, teachers, and students.
“I was overwhelmed by the enthusiastic welcome of the students and teachers. In addition, teachers welcomed the idea of a summit and the opportunity to be involved in the process. Being in the education field is hard work and you need a lot of patience, but it is also rewarding to see your students get good grades, do their homework, and later become productive citizens in society,” Jacobs said.
The minister is also using the tour to get an idea of the current situation at the schools, their challenges and their future plans. Another key point of the tour is assessing the state of the school buildings.
“As a new member of government, I wanted to get familiar with each school and to find out what the issues are, but also we have to see what is working well,” the minister stated in a release.
Later she’d add, “As much as we can, the government along with other ministries and departments, we will make sure, within our limitations, that each school is up to par, that the immediate problems are attended to, and that we continue educating the children as best as we can. These students are our future; they deserve and will get the best that we can provide.”

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