Pro­moter crit­i­cises ‘lazy teach­ers’

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A VET­ERAN PRO­MOTER is scold­ing some teach­ers whom he said are too laid back and lazy.

Or­gan­iser of the Cul­tural Vibes Schools Com­pe­ti­tion, Cortez Black­ett, was re­flect­ing on the 2018 stag­ing of the an­nual event which saw a re­duc­tion in per­form­ers.

Since its start four years ago, it de­clined from seven schools in 2015 and six in 2016 and 2017 to three this year, which he said was be­cause of a lack of com­mit­ment from some schools.

“I think we need to have a se­ri­ous look at this sys­tem we have. The chil­dren are in­ter­ested in singing and they are in­ter­ested in the com­pe­ti­tion. But there is no­body to train them and the ones that have some­one to train them . . .” do not have the push re­quired, he said.

Dur­ing the prize-giv­ing event at Pi­rates’ Cove yes­ter­day, he said it was im­por­tant that all ed­u­ca­tors got on board with the com­pe­ti­tion given the good it of­fered stu­dents.

Black­ett also asked the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to look at hav­ing more spe­cial­ist teach­ers, es­pe­cially mu­sic teach­ers, which he sug­gested was needed to keep chil­dren well oc­cu­pied.

Help­ing youth

“With all the neg­a­tive things go­ing on around our youth now, the pri­mary level is where we have to start. And if they are talk­ing about help­ing the youth and keep­ing them out of trou­ble, to look at get­ting teach­ers spe­cially for train­ing the chil­dren in the choirs so they can par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion is im­por­tant,” he added.

This year, first-timers Ge­orge Lam­ming were the vic­tors ahead of St An­gela’s Pri­mary and Bay Pri­mary. In­fants A teacher at Ge­orge Lam­ming Joy-anne Lynch won the Best Di­rec­tor Award after en­ter­ing the con­test at short no­tice.

“We just had two weeks to pre­pare them for the com­pe­ti­tion, but the chil­dren are very en­thu­si­as­tic and they love singing and once they have a love, it’s easy for them to par­tic­i­pate,” she said. (TG)

(Pic­ture by Reco Moore.)

OR­GAN­ISER of the Cul­tural Vibes Schools Choir com­pe­ti­tion Cortez Black­ett (left) pre­sent­ing Ge­orge Lam­ming Pri­mary teacher Joy-anne Lynch with the Beat Di­rec­tor tro­phy.

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