DAILY NATION. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017. 3 Police investigate stabbing Female crime up
Officials say more getting involved in gang activity
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.
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)