DAILY NA­TION. THURSDAY, OC­TO­BER 12, 2017. 3 Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate stab­bing Fe­male crime up

Of­fi­cials say more get­ting in­volved in gang ac­tiv­ity

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PO­LICE ARE PROB­ING a stab­bing which oc­curred around 4:45 p.m. yes­ter­day in Pil­grim Road, Christ Church.

Richard Greenidge, 40, of Par­ish Land, re­ceived mul­ti­ple stab wounds to the body.

He was in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion with another man. Greenidge was taken to the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hospi­tal by am­bu­lance. A man is as­sist­ing po­lice with in­ves­ti­ga­tions. (PR)

Help for par­ents who want to home-school

THE AFRICAN HER­ITAGE FOUN­DA­TION wants to see the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion em­brace its Home Di­rec­tive Learn­ing Ser­vice.

This appeal is com­ing from pres­i­dent Paul “Simba” Rock, who said that over the last year the foun­da­tion had de­vel­oped the ser­vice to help par­ents with their ap­pli­ca­tions for home-school­ing to the min­istry.

Rock said the ef­fort started as a re­sult of their in­volve­ment last year with the Si­fahne fam­ily when par­ents Ijui Jah and Isartes Ibre were charged with keep­ing their chil­dren at home with­out per­mis­sion from the min­istry to home-school.

That case led the foun­da­tion to help the par­ents get the pa­per­work to­gether to start home-school­ing the chil­dren.

So far they have worked with four sets of par­ents who were granted per­mis­sion ear­lier this year. These in­cluded a Seven­thDay Ad­ven­tist cou­ple from Eng­land who home-schooled be­fore mov­ing to Bar­ba­dos and a par­ent of a four-year-old autis­tic girl.

Rock, who spoke from the foun­da­tion’s Two Mile Hill, St Michael head­quar­ters yes­ter­day, said the cur­rent cur­ric­ula with which they worked in­cluded math­e­mat­ics, English, so­cial stud­ies, in­tro­duc­tion to Span­ish, sign lan­guage and health, with more sub­jects to be added.

Re­tired teacher

He said his mother Linda Rock, a re­tired teacher with more than 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, helped to di­rect the les­son plans and ac­tiv­i­ties, but the cur­ricu­lum would be tai­lored to suit in­di­vid­ual fam­ily needs.

They were, how­ever, fol­low­ing the Fin­land model, which did not fo­cus on test­ing un­til age 16. Rock said there were still as­sess­ments be­cause ev­ery year the par­ents had to reap­ply to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, a process that al­lowed the min­istry to find out how the child was de­vel­op­ing.

“It is not an ex­cuse for par­ents to keep their chil­dren at home and do noth­ing be­cause they are disgruntled with the school,” he said.

Rock said the in­ten­tion was to pro­duce grad­u­ates who would have been ex­posed to African lan­guage. He added that as an is­land where 95 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion was of African de­scent, none could speak an African lan­guage, but French, Span­ish and now Chi­nese were be­ing taught.

In giv­ing an up­date on the Si­fahne chil­dren, Rock said they were do­ing well with their school­ing and it would soon be time for them to reap­ply to the min­istry. ( LK)

SE­NIOR RE­SEARCH of­fi­cer at the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Re­search and Plan­ning Unit, Kim Ram­say, speak­ing about the roles fe­males were now play­ing in gangs. (Picture by Len­nox Devon­ish.)

PRES­I­DENT OF THE African Her­itage Foun­da­tion, Paul ‘Simba’ Rock, speak­ing about the progress sev­eral par­ents in Bar­ba­dos have made in get­ting per­mis­sion granted to home-school their chil­dren. (Picture by Christoff Grif­fith.)

FLASH­BACK: The Si­fahne chil­dren when they were get­ting pri­vate lessons back in March this year. (FP)

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