As I understand it, the minister of education made a decision to not publish the names of the national scholarship winners starting in 2018. I also heard this decision was taken because of a request by “some” parents.

If this is indeed true, it is a very sad situation.

Winning a national scholarship requires hard work, dedication and sacrifice, both on the part of the pupil and the parents. These are qualities which should be celebrated.

It is an achievement which can instil pride in a family, a school, a community. So for anyone to suppress that feeling, something must be fundamentally wrong with their thinking.

I am not certain which parent would not want the public to know of their child’s wonderful achievement. I also can’t fathom how a few parents can dictate to the ministry whether to publish the results in full or not. I doubt the ministry sought an opinion from all 400 parents before making such a horrible decision.

It is to be noted that a couple of schools have (on social media) hailed their successful pupils. This I commend, and hope others will follow suit so that the public can share in the joy of these deserving winners.

If the ministry was willing to share the names of the top two performers in the country, why not share all? Did they seek special permission from these parents? Do they notice how proud these parents/children are every year?

I am a former secondary school teacher and still speak highly of the first pupil (many more followed) I assisted to win an open national scholarship more than 40 years ago.

Carlyle Singh

via e-mail

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