Those listening to the House of Assembly proceedings recently were surprised to hear education minister Akierra Missick say that currently there are schools in the TCI that had more teachers than students.
Education Minister Akierra Missick
“Some schools have more teachers than students but this is not unusual in an island territory where there is a duplication of resources,” the minister said.
This is completely untrue and it is believed the minister meant to say that in total the TCI had more teachers than the student population of some schools.
This condition could be true on the family islands, South, North and Middle Caicos, which have low student populations in certain schools. The family islands have been represented by the ministers of the Progressive National Party (PNP) for well over ten years. The population of both adults and children on the family islands continues to diminish due to a total lack of development.
Missick said that the meetings and consultations that consumed the first four months of her ministry were used to gather information on what was needed in education. What appears to be a top priority item mentioned by the minister was security. Missick spoke about the incident at Clement Howell High School when youths entered the school and attacked a student. The minister said that her anti-bullying instructions for students and teachers and the consultations on recognising deviant behaviour had been successful.
She also said the country needed the “development” of a fencing system around the Provo High School.
The minister has now incorporated a policy of granting scholarships to the high achievers with no mention of political party affiliation. This party loyalty qualification was an admitted standard during the former Michael Misick administration.
The minister mentioned that the cabinet has agreed to “costing options” on providing new schools. It is not known what the minister meant by “costing option”. Missick admitted to seeking assistance from UNICEF in determining physical education infrastructure needs. UNICEF is a United Nations organisation representing children rights around the world.