Share Hon. Petter Saint Jean (file photo).The country’s Education Minister Petter Saint Jean has commended teachers on the island for their contribution towards nation building. He told the 11th Biennial Conference of the Dominica Association of Teachers at the Garraway Hotel on Wednesday, that while there are challenges plaguing the profession, some teachers have executive their duties exceptionally.According to St Jean, the ministry is cognizant to the challenges confronting teachers and “will endeavor to provide you with a supportive environment to facilitate the delivery of quality education to the nation’s children”.He said government will continue the sustained effort in ensuring the delivery of quality education that is second to none the in Caribbean region.“This will be achieved through the facilitation of conducive learning environments at all our schools. I believe that the school culture must meet international standards. I want to ask schools management to exercise zero tolerance as it relates to deviant behavior,” he advised.He said teachers must endeavor to uphold the rules and regulations of the schools.Saint Jean also announced that his government will seek to overhaul the management structure at the country’s school to give principals more time to focus on management.The introduction of guidance counselors was another initiative highlighted by the minister.“We recognize the importance of intervention at the most critical stage. As of September 2012, we will launch universal early childhood education to provide an opportunity for every child at facilities which are developmentally appropriate. It is our view that every child must be given the opportunity to do well,” he said.Labour Commissioner Mathew Leblanc Saint Jean noted that while it is true that the school plays a critical role in the formation of the youth, the training of every child is a societal responsibility.“I wish to call on parents to return to basics. The responsibility of training the child does not rest solely on the school. Parents and in particular, fathers must take parenting seriously,” he said.Meantime Labour Commissioner Mathew Leblanc who represented the Minister of National Security Charles Savarin said the issues confronting the schools in Dominica needs a collaborative approach.“We all should admit that teaching is a profession that is very challenging especially in this time when we are faced with behavioral patterns and trends that are consistent with what we do not expect”.According to him, disobedient and violence is on the increase and can parents no longer rely on teachers alone.“The churches must do their part, parent’s needs to take their responsibility seriously. If we do not, our society can become a chaotic one in which persons won’t feel comfortable to go to school anymore,” he added.The DAT also recognized ten retirees for their years of service at that conference.They are Lucille Blackman 53 years, James Greer-53 years, Theresa Hector-42 years, Josephine Jemmot-43 years, Angelina Martin 36 years, Cynthia Movan 41 years, Clara Savarin 42 years, Marcella Severin 32 years, Claudette Shillingford 34 years and Glorine Thomas 39 years.The DAT has also planned several other activities in keeping with their theme “Teachers confronting the scourge of non-communicable diseases”.Dominica Vibes News Share 72 Views no discussions Share LocalNews Teachers commended for their role in nation building by: – April 11, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring!