Promoter criticises ‘lazy teachers’
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.
“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)
ORGANISER of the Cultural Vibes Schools Choir competition Cortez Blackett (left) presenting George Lamming Primary teacher Joy-anne Lynch with the Beat Director trophy.