BARBADOS (Naked Departure) — MINISTRY OF DESTRUCTION and MIS EDUCATION — Naked, there is no one you can talk to in this country. I am so glad we have you. We can come here and tell it as it is, complain and sleep knowing you are safe and not be victimized. I am glad there’s such a place even some may think whatever, but one day we all will need such a place.
Naked, I was brought up in this school systems and it’s one of the places that still have the slave masters’ mentally down pressing the oppressed.
Naked, I didn’t have much of an education but I want the best for my child and not only in education but a loving, caring environment free to express and not be ashamed of who you are to accept others for who they are and respect of your elders.
Naked, no one is speaking about the way our primary school children are treated in school in Barbados. It seems I am out of touch. I hope some of your readers would give their inputs on their experience. I does wonder if I am the only person seeing what’s going on.
Our school children are cursed by teachers, maids, school meals workers, guards call out their names, shout at and drag back by a collar, beaten for silly things like walking between two talking teachers and not asking for an excuse. (ARE THEY NOT CIVIL SERVANTS?) When I have to take my child to school, fear sets in, pain in tummy and shaking. When you go on the school compound to conduct business, you can hear the bawling of teachers at the children. YOU SIT DOWN, GET OUT MY FACE. When I ask my son what happening here at your new school that was not happening at your private school, some of the things I find very disturbing are: big head, you black boy, stupid boy, go from in front of me, she pelts the books in the dust bin if she is not satisfied with the work, she tells them they couldn’t do the homework because ya all on de block all hours.
My son is six. She tells them don’t bring your parents up here in my face cause she would insult them cause you all are retards. I wanted to go and see the teacher but my son pleaded with tears in his eyes say if I do she will take it out on him and pleaded with me not too. He sees what happened with one of his classmates.
I wanted to bring it up at a PTA but couldn’t. It’s seems like this was not the place. I spoke to a parent and she said this is the norm. Her daughter was like my son and she had to get with it. One day my son forget his lunch and I got at his class door it was like a boot camp for wayward kids. She saw me at the door and she ignored me until she couldn’t have me intruding on her charade. I greeted the teacher heartily with good morning miss excuse my interruption I am …… and she interrupt my greetings: “what can I do for you”, in a very abrupt tone. She took the bag and fling it on a desktop and back me and walked away. (IS SHE NOT A CIVIL SERVANT?)
I felt I was leaving my son at Dodds. I walked away with a lump. Everybody thinks it’s ok to treat children in the most hostile ways and expect then to be caring and loving adults.
Since my son has gone to public school his personality has changed. We had a few bed wetting, he is not as expressive, suggestive and he is reluctant to go out to socialize. I have noticed his attitude to work has change and spiraling downhill. I can’t afford to send him back to private school. I had suggested to parados about taking programs to school for teachers. That too didn’t work out. Naked, thank you. Anonymous
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