The untenable rant by the teacher at the Tranquillity Government Primary School is a classic manifestation of a systemic failure of leadership at an institution which is critical to the ultimate political, economic and social well-being of our society. The teacher herself seems to have been psychologically affected by a series of events over an extended period of time, which has brought her to this very troubling state of “dread’’.

My own assessment of the origins of this “drama” is that it has been created by a toxic environment which is dysfunctional, and therefore does not facilitate the existence of the kind of congenial atmosphere in which pupil/teacher relationships are positive, nurturing and conducive to learning; and of course teaching.

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