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- Quenita Walrond MA. Early Childhood Development Consultant

As a parent of a 4 year old entering school for the first time, I was probably more nervous than my little eager learner. I asked myself all the questions any decent parent would ask themselves: will she be safe, will she be happy, will she learn what she needs to, will she make friends, and will she eat all her snack and remember to ask to go to the bathroom! However, as an Early Childhood Education and Development specialist, I had a different list of questions, and I was on the lookout! I was keeping an ever watchful eye for the critical markers that tell you about the great, or less than desirable care your child may be getting from places that promise to nurture, care for, and educate your little ones in the best ways possible! I can share with you, that I indeed found my fair share of the good, the bad, and the they so desperately need to be shut down someone please call the Child Care and Protection Agency!

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Topic: "Roles and Functions of the Parent Teacher Association"

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  • 00:19 (Guest) rasul: Good Evening to all
  • 00:21 (Guest) rasul: What are the roles and responsibility of PTAS
  • 00:22 alana: Hello!
  • 00:22 (Guest) rasul: Who are the Head of PTAS the Headteachers
  • 00:23 alana: no they are not. the head of PTA are always a parent
  • 00:23 alana: *parents
  • 00:25 (Guest) rasul: Well that is not so cause many headteachers are the boss
  • 00:25 alana: that maybe so because the PTA for the school is dormant
  • 00:26 alana: I am currently having issues with dress code for parents
  • 00:27 (Guest) rasul: Alana Dormant functioning PTAS are being treated dormant
  • 00:28 (Guest) rasul: Who is the coordinator of PTAS.
  • 00:29 (Guest) rasul: suelle are you there
  • 00:30 (Guest) rasul: Who is answering these questions tonight
  • 00:31 Josephwangija: Good evening to you all
  • 00:32 (Guest) rasul: Good Evening Joseph
  • 00:32 Johnathan: Good night (:
  • 00:32 SuelleWilliams: Rasul I know you are anxious to get started. your questions will be answered shortly.
  • 00:33 Josephwangija: PTA's are very important and to the best of my knowledge, all countries, including North Korea has PTA
  • 00:33 (Guest) rasul: OK
  • 00:33 Josephwangija: In fact in the UK, there is a slogan- learning parents, support your children's education
  • 00:34 MinisterManickchand: good evening all. I am three minutes late. apologies.
  • 00:34 Josephwangija: I'll now go to the roles of PTAs as started in the discussion topic
  • 00:35 (Guest) rasul: is the PTA in charge of planning graduation
  • 00:35 alana: good evening!
  • 00:35 Josephwangija: Good evening HOn. Minister and congratulations for your honorary doctorate.
  • 00:35 (Guest) rasul: Who collects graduation monies
  • 00:35 alana: the treasurer on the PTA
  • 00:36 Josephwangija: First, PTA of each school acts as co-administrators
  • 00:36 MinisterManickchand: PTA means Parent Teacher Association. it is meant to foster healthy partnership in the education of children
  • 00:36 (Guest) rasul: Well said joseph
  • 00:36 MinisterManickchand: thanks joseph
  • 00:37 Johnathan: At my school PTA Doesn't allow us to have anything!
  • 00:37 (Guest) rasul: But this is not done
  • 00:37 Josephwangija: These bodies are supposed to ensure the proper functionality of schools and being co administrators, it mean as they have the role to inform the ministry where they think the school is not moving well
  • 00:37 MinisterManickchand: research is clear that children would best be served if parents as well as teachers and the school's administration are all invested in a child's all round education
  • 00:38 Josephwangija: Jonathan, I think let's discuss their roles so that those who do not know can now known their roles
  • 00:38 alana: Jonathan speaking as c/person for a PTA, all help from parents are welcome
  • 00:38 (Guest) rasul: Why is there no direct line for the PTA Coordinator
  • 00:38 Josephwangija: PTAs are also co- teachers
  • 00:39 Josephwangija: They have a role of supporting teachers I the education of their children
  • 00:39 alana: as long as
  • 00:39 (Guest) rasul: Can the PEO explain
  • 00:39 MinisterManickchand: rasul, we are in the process of strengthening our PTA dept. it needs to be done. there are however many lines through which the ministry can be reached. phone lines as well as other means such as this forum
  • 00:40 Josephwangija: Three, PTAs have a role of resources fund-raising for the better of their respective schools.
  • 00:40 MarcelHutson: the ma
  • 00:41 Josephwangija: I do not think it is unlawful for the PTAs to purchase any resource that might be deemed good for the school
  • 00:42 Josephwangija: Point four: PTAs are required to play a supervisory role.
  • 00:43 alana: PTAs can do WHATEVER they have to do for the betterment of the school as long as it is keeping with the guideline.
  • 00:43 MarcelHutson: The management of the school remains the responsibility of the headteacher, however the PTA can advocate for accountabilty of management
  • 00:43 Josephwangija: Supervisory in the sense that they should ensure the proper learning of their children and proper functionality of the teaching force
  • 00:45 Josephwangija: PTAs also have a role of organizing events for their schools
  • 00:45 alana: the h/teacher along with two other signatory have to be present to withdraw monies from the cc.
  • 00:45 Josephwangija: I think this is not the role of the Ministry or departments of education especially at local levels
  • 00:49 SuelleWilliams: welcome youngjay
  • 00:49 Josephwangija: That is what I really hate with some contributors on this forum. Sometimes we go off topic.
  • 00:50 youngjay: I have a second form sister at a public school(no names called yet) she was asked to write an essay that in my estimation is way more than 450 words. should a second form student be writing an essay that long?
  • 00:51 alana: I think PTA' would functioned better if all members are sel employ or stay at home parents.
  • 00:51 Josephwangija: I have a request Madame administrator please
  • 00:51 alana: *self
  • 00:52 alana: Mr razul make a formal complain.
  • 00:52 youngjay: i think the p.T.A should help function the school; especially when it comes to the schools' finance
  • 00:53 MinisterManickchand: listening to the request joseph although i am not the admin
  • 00:53 MinisterManickchand: let us list the roles of PTAs
  • 00:53 MinisterManickchand: joseph outlined many for us already
  • 00:53 alana: PTA always assist with finances.
  • 00:54 alana: this is not going well. I am off
  • 00:54 Josephwangija: I think avenues such as complaint hotlines, email address etc should be shared so that persons who want to complain can use those avenues. Doing that here confuses some persons and makes some go off topic
  • 00:54 MinisterManickchand: in no particular order
  • 00:54 MinisterManickchand: 1. PTAs can assist with fundraising activities
  • 00:55 MinisterManickchand: 2.PTAs can organize and assist with general administration of the school's business
  • 00:56 Josephwangija: Point six is that PTAs have a role of ensuring that education improves constantly within their respective schools
  • 00:56 MinisterManickchand: 3. PTAs can be helpful in determining priority needs of the school and determine further how best to meet those needs
  • 00:56 MarcelHutson: PTAs can mobalise resources for enhancing school libraries
  • 00:56 Josephwangija: PTAs have a role of improving communication
  • 00:57 MinisterManickchand: 4. PTAs can and are probably best poised to determine unique/local issues an individual school may need to address and can help in crafting and implementing solutions
  • 00:57 Josephwangija: That is point seven
  • 00:57 Josephwangija: As we all know, communication is very important
  • 00:57 MarcelHutson: PTAs can advocate for parental involvement in areas such as home, at home study times.
  • 00:57 MinisterManickchand: improving communications is a big one. getting information to parents and students from the school and from parents to the school
  • 00:58 Josephwangija: PTAs also have a role of advising the ministry of education
  • 00:58 MinisterManickchand: 8. PTAs are best poised to deliver parent education
  • 00:58 youngjay: can someone please take a minute and answer my question pertaining to my sister please
  • 00:58 Josephwangija: This is because, they know what goes on in their communities more than any of us
  • 00:59 MarcelHutson: PTAs can assist in the order and discipling in schools
  • 01:00 Josephwangija: Point ten and last on my side is that PTAs have a role of boosting the education of their children, better performance of teachers and resource mobilization
  • 01:00 (Guest) rasul: At PTA meetings the Headteacher can discuss the policies of the MOE with Parents Resources can be brought in to give talks where parents can benefit from presentations and discussions
  • 01:00 MinisterManickchand: i think i am experiencing connectivity issues. am not seeing young jay's question about his sister. admin pls repost. re why we are discussing ptas: this was a request of one of our chatters mr rasul. we heard him and responded
  • 01:00 MinisterManickchand: we hope to better define the roles and responsibilities of ptas so all stakeholders could be better informed
  • 01:01 Josephwangija: Having discussed the roles of PTAs or what they can do, can I please mention also what the PTAs can't do?
  • 01:01 MinisterManickchand: excellent rasul. PTAs can organize to deliver wider education on topical issues.
  • 01:01 MinisterManickchand: pls do joseph.
  • 01:02 alana: minister would you agree to meet PTA members to discuss pressing matters??
  • 01:02 youngjay: i have a second form sister at a public school, who was asked to write an essay which in my estimation is more than 450 words. i would like to know if a second form student should be writing an essay that long? and for a subject like 'dance' thats all i want to know. someone please advice me
  • 01:02 MinisterManickchand: anytime alana
  • 01:03 SuelleWilliams: youngjay, im sorry but i cant find your question. can you ask again. please.
  • 01:03 Josephwangija: PTA members have no power to fire any teacher. This is because, going by the principle of who hires fires, it means they have no power to fire but to recommend firing to the TSC which hires the teachers
  • 01:03 MinisterManickchand: i love meeting PTAs because i believe they can be powerful in helping us to deliver education
  • 01:03 MinisterManickchand: spot on joseph
  • 01:03 Josephwangija: Unless it is a private school, it means they have no power also to hire
  • 01:04 alana: I am having problems with parents and their dress code and the teachers are not helping
  • 01:04 MinisterManickchand: do you mean when the parents visit the school, alana?
  • 01:04 (Guest) rasul: This talk can do it alone we need country wide consultation the PTA coordinator mut be there to explain to the people and have meaning full discussion with not only parents and teachers but also ofiicers of the MOE some of whom donot understand the very policy that they want the parents to understand
  • 01:05 MinisterManickchand: work in progress, rasul. we are planning just that.
  • 01:05 Josephwangija: PTAs have no power to institute a curriculum for their school. That is the role of the ministry of education. Again as suggested earlier, they can advise.
  • 01:05 alana: yes. the first thing i did as c/person is to put up a 4*4 sign board annot aware of it the most the teachers or the parents is d i don't know who
  • 01:06 MinisterManickchand: keep talking joseph.
  • 01:06 (Guest) rasul: This topic should not only be discussed because i requested it but because it is a policy of the MOE which needs adherance to
  • 01:06 SuelleWilliams: youngjay, writing essays in 2nd form is part of student's learning. Its good for students to practice.
  • 01:07 MinisterManickchand: PTAs have no jurisdiction to change the Ministry's policies. if PTAs are unhappy with one or more of those polices that policy and reason for unhappiness should be brought to the attention of the ministry with a view to bringing about whatever change is desired
  • 01:07 Josephwangija: It is not the role of PTAs to institute the laws for their schools. They are not the authority. Again, they can make recommendations. For example, PTAs have no power to say children must report to school at 11am and leave at 7pm. That is not their role
  • 01:08 SuelleWilliams: if your sister is having difficulties putting it together then she should meet with her teacher to discuss. and ask for help.
  • 01:08 SuelleWilliams: welcome eduroyal
  • 01:08 (Guest) rasul: Certainly Not
  • 01:09 youngjay: no putting it together is not the problem.. there is more to the story. i will personally have to visit the ministry
  • 01:09 youngjay: but now on this topic... if you all are aiming to have a successful P.T.A then i think they should be given some more power
  • 01:09 MinisterManickchand: rasul, the question was asked why are we discussing this particular topic tonight and i responded to say you had specifically asked. indeed the fact that we have this forum evidences the fact that as a matter of policy we want to be discussing pertinent matters in the school
  • 01:09 SuelleWilliams: you should encourage your sister to take the challenge. it will help her grow.
  • 01:09 alana: minister,ld the PTa be able to obligate the parents to pay the registration fee once they receive the $10,000 dollars
  • 01:10 (Guest) rasul: When we talk about PTAS we are talking referring to all parents and teachers of schools
  • 01:10 Josephwangija: It is not the role of any PTA member to physically discipline any teacher deemed non-complaint yo the laws of . Again, they have to report to the ministry or police especially if it is a physical harm to children etc
  • 01:10 MinisterManickchand: well, technically rasul all parents and teachers can be members but there is almost always an executive and not all parents are active members.
  • 01:11 Josephwangija: That is very true
  • 01:11 Josephwangija: In fact in most countries PTA chairman must be a parent
  • 01:12 (Guest) rasul: Whether you are an active member or not you are still a member
  • 01:12 Josephwangija: And in some cases, a teacher especially head teacher must be a member of the executive
  • 01:12 youngjay: the P.T.A should be allowed to do more than what they are currently doing
  • 01:12 youngjay: the ministry cant handle every problem
  • 01:14 Josephwangija: Having discussed that segment, can I please suggest some solutions now to make our PTAs more vibrant or another time?
  • 01:14 (Guest) rasul: Well i can say i am a champion where PTAS are Concerned Because My PTA was the only one that kept proper records at Stella Maris Primary School
  • 01:14 SuelleWilliams: go ahead joseph.
  • 01:15 alana: madame minister can you answer my???? please
  • 01:15 (Guest) rasul: And I can show also what was done for the School and The Students
  • 01:15 Josephwangija: The ministry has to ensure that the PTA board is strengthened so that they are aware of their roles and what their roles are not
  • 01:16 MinisterManickchand: the "A" in PTA stands for association and given that our constitution allows for freedom of association then we cannot force a parent to be a member
  • 01:16 (Guest) eduroyal: about the dress code,the security should be briefed about their roles and enforcement, the MoE should include in its policy to allow a traffic officer to visit schools and give a talk to students,teachers,parents and certainly the security guard attached, this will give confidence to all
  • 01:16 MinisterManickchand: but we would hope and would like it very much if every parent thinks of him/herself as a member of this association
  • 01:17 (Guest) rasul: Mr Hutson whats the process for canteen bidding at primary schools?
  • 01:17 Josephwangija: But Hon. Minister I am not so well versed with all the laws of this country. But I'd suggest that all parents become members of PTAs
  • 01:17 (Guest) rasul: Should the Bids be placed on the Headteacher table
  • 01:18 MinisterManickchand: we can invite and implore. i am not sure we can force parents though.
  • 01:18 alana: most schools on the EBD do not have day guards and the teachers are saying they are not paid enough to stand in the sun to play police
  • 01:18 Josephwangija: I think that will help to bring many parents on board
  • 01:18 youngjay: all parents cannot become members of the P.T.A. that would only bring confusion
  • 01:18 MinisterManickchand: how can we strengthen and improve the functioning of PTAs
  • 01:18 (Guest) rasul: Or should it be deposited in a seal box found in a neutral location maybe at the MOE
  • 01:18 MinisterManickchand: 1. ministry to strengthen its PTA admin office
  • 01:18 alana: they should have the time to spare
  • 01:19 (Guest) eduroyal: more often than not, the PTA only taken up with fun raising activities
  • 01:19 MinisterManickchand: 2. mass and countrywide sensitization on roles and responsibilities of ptas
  • 01:19 MinisterManickchand: mass awareness of IMPORTANCE of proper functioning PTAs
  • 01:19 Josephwangija: Yeah point two: PTAs should constantly keep in touch with the departments of educTion and the PTA board so that their decisions/ ideas are constantly heard
  • 01:20 alana: i agree with J
  • 01:20 (Guest) eduroyal: the tender should be deposit in a tender box, maybe at MoE
  • 01:20 MinisterManickchand: mass awareness of benefits to student and community of strong PTAs
  • 01:20 (Guest) rasul: At one School the headteacher accepted the BIds by hand and kept them on her table and no officials from the ministry was there during the opening of the Bids
  • 01:21 (Guest) rasul: this was reported to the PEO.
  • 01:21 Josephwangija: Point three: PTAs should be neutral especially in this multi cultural society. By so being, everyone will feel part of it
  • 01:22 Josephwangija: Pint four: PTAs should be encouraged to come up with development projects for their schools. However to achieve this, this need to have transparent systems
  • 01:22 (Guest) eduroyal: the Inspectoriate Unit of the MoE should have as its mandate to over look and advise PTA
  • 01:23 Josephwangija: As we are coming to an end of this discussion, can I suggest a topical issue?
  • 01:23 MinisterManickchand: .....and ensure there is a functioning pat, eduroyal
  • 01:23 MinisterManickchand: pls do joseph
  • 01:25 Josephwangija: The role of every person in the advancement of the education of those with special education needs
  • 01:26 MinisterManickchand: excellent topic. suelle must be smiling because this is on her agenda
  • 01:26 (Guest) rasul: when will Elections be held at Stella Maris Primary
  • 01:26 SuelleWilliams: :D
  • 01:26 MinisterManickchand: so, i see a topic for next week already listed. we can make that the topic for the week after suelle
  • 01:26 Josephwangija: Suelle, give me a call so we can discuss me on this topic
  • 01:26 Clickit: I think there needs to be a standard constitution for PTA's countrywide.
  • 01:27 Josephwangija: I'm sure I can be of help
  • 01:27 MinisterManickchand: guys, again. this is not a forum where we will allow libelous statements to be made. pls keep the conversation general and refrain from naming persons or describing them with such clarity so as to be as good as naming them
  • 01:27 MinisterManickchand: again, admin pls delete those comments
  • 01:28 (Guest) rasul: When i was there they Ministry set the date and demanded that elections be held and now elections should have been held since feb 28 and this unlawfull body is still making deciisions and no one saying anything
  • 01:28 MinisterManickchand: we will be enquiring about the elections at that school's pat. mr hutson pls so do
  • 01:29 MarcelHutson: Will do Minister
  • 01:30 Josephwangija: Good night everyone. Suelle, will be waiting to hear from you
  • 01:30 MinisterManickchand: good night everyone. see you next week.
  • 01:30 (Guest) rasul: Mr Hutson i am surprised at you Education is in a mess in the Primary ector
  • 01:31 (Guest) rasul: Sector
  • 01:31 MinisterManickchand: and thanks much for the contributions.
  • 01:31 SuelleWilliams: next week the topic is "should sex education be compulsory in schools"
  • 01:31 alana: this was not productive at all
  • 01:31 (Guest) rasul: It was getting to the POint
  • 01:31 (Guest) eduroyal: these trainee teachers on attachment should be taught professional conduct as part of their course work
  • 01:31 Clickit: What, apart from the advice that HMs need to motivate parents, can be done to have parents commit to attending PTA meetings?
  • 01:32 SuelleWilliams: alana, you can engage us via email or by telephone
  • 01:32 SuelleWilliams: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 01:32 MarcelHutson: Good night all
  • 01:33 (Guest) eduroyal: good night all
  • 01:33 (Guest) rasul: Have a Great Evening
  • 01:33 alana: I will most def do so. Good night
  • 01:33 SuelleWilliams: hotline numbers are 2237891, 6230550, 6234010
  • 01:34 SuelleWilliams: thanks for joining us this evening. next week we'll be talking about sex education
  • 01:35 (Guest) guest: I missed it
  • 01:35 SuelleWilliams: admin will be closing this room in exactly 1 minute.
  • 01:35 SuelleWilliams: good night everyone
  • 01:35 Clickit: Night! Night!
  • 01:35 SuelleWilliams: the transcripts are available on our website.
  • 01:36 SuelleWilliams: this one will be published tomorrow.
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    Topic: The Role of Parents in their Child's Education

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  • 00:10 rootaccess: Hello Suelle, Welcome to the Chatroom. It's now publicly available.
  • 00:19 MinisterManickchand: hi all. it is holy thursday
  • 00:26 SuelleWilliams: hello everyone. Welcome!
  • 00:26 QuenitaWalrond: hello friends :-)
  • 00:27 RichardFrancois: Hi Friends. Wishing you a blessed Easter
  • 00:27 MinisterManickchand: welcome to you all.
  • 00:30 SuelleWilliams: i'm looking forward to tonight's discussion.
  • 00:31 DoodmattieSingh: Hello I am very happy that we can provide another opportunity to meet the public
  • 00:31 MarcelHutson: goodnight all.
  • 00:32 RichardFrancois: Goodnight Mr. Hutson
  • 00:32 MinisterManickchand: as am i. i will speak first as a parent. i want what is best for my children. i want to do what is good for them. but it would be so much easier if i could just love them up and do fun stuff and leave their "education" up to the school system.
  • 00:33 Josephwangija: Hello Hon. Minister. Good night and thank you once again for this initiative
  • 00:33 MinisterManickchand: hello joseph. welcome
  • 00:33 QuenitaWalrond: well fun stuff and loving up is all part of the education process dear Minister ;-)
  • 00:33 MarcelHutson: the home is the first place for impartation.
  • 00:33 IngridTrotman: Good evening to all
  • 00:34 Josephwangija: Before I make any contribution, could someone out there please tell me who a parent is and the difference between a parent and a guardian
  • 00:34 MarcelHutson: This role of impartation must never be abandon by any parent
  • 00:35 MinisterManickchand: @ joseph if we are talking a legal definition then we have biological parents (that is the person of whose body or genetic material a child was born)
  • 00:35 QuenitaWalrond: Joe a guardian can be anyone who is not a biological or adoptive parent that has guardianship over the child (food, clothes, shelter, care etc.)
  • 00:35 MinisterManickchand: then we have adoptive parents which are parents in law with all the rights and responsibilities of biological parents
  • 00:36 MinisterManickchand: and then we have guardians...quenita has explained that. so guardian can be grandparents, aunts, uncles etc etc
  • 00:36 MarcelHutson: A guardian is someone entrusted with the child or children
  • 00:38 Josephwangija: Wow! Very nice responses. From your responses, I find that we are all parent by the virtue of the fact that parenthood involves taking care, support etc
  • 00:38 SuelleWilliams: hello sphil2000
  • 00:38 SuelleWilliams: welcome
  • 00:40 SuelleWilliams: how can parents get involve in their child's education?
  • 00:40 MinisterManickchand: well, joe, an african proverb says it takes a village to raise a child. hillary clinton wrote a whole book on how the modern "village" may be failing our children
  • 00:40 QuenitaWalrond: So question for thought...why is it that parents seem to become less involved in their children's education as the children get older?
  • 00:41 (Guest) rasul: Good Evening Priya
  • 00:41 MinisterManickchand: 'evening mr rasul
  • 00:41 MarcelHutson: By firstly talking to them about the importance of education
  • 00:42 Josephwangija: Suelle, Hi and good night. Nice question. At bith, we are all tabular rasa and as grow, our brains start developing and the first teacher at the child's disposal is none but the parent
  • 00:42 (Guest) rasul: I have been playing a very important role in all the children life in our School System
  • 00:43 MinisterManickchand: to the professional officers on, what would you say are ways parents can get involved in their children's education
  • 00:43 (Guest) rasul: Let me also thank you MInister for Having our 2014 Education Budget Passed
  • 00:43 MinisterManickchand: i am impressed by your commitment mr rasul. mr rasul is the head of a nursery PTA
  • 00:44 (Guest) rasul: Charity Begins at Home
  • 00:44 QuenitaWalrond: Sue/Minister the first thing a parent can do is simply engage their children in meaningful conversation
  • 00:44 Josephwangija: True Hon. Minister and as you rightly said, at home everyone older than you is regarded a parent. Can you imagine some children in Africa reach 10 years without knowing who their biological parents are
  • 00:44 MarcelHutson: We must recognised that education address the total man and therefore it isnot confined to just academics
  • 00:45 QuenitaWalrond: answer every question no matter how weird and bizarre and with as much honesty as the situation can allow
  • 00:45 Devi: Wel said warlord
  • 00:45 (Guest) rasul: But are we getting value for money in our classroom from some of our teachers
  • 00:45 QuenitaWalrond: honesty here being tied to age appropriate releases of information
  • 00:45 SuelleWilliams: Every parent should find time to be involved in events at school; conferences etc
  • 00:45 QuenitaWalrond: thank you Devi
  • 00:46 (Guest) rasul: Question for Mr Hutson when will selling in the Classrooms stop in our Schools
  • 00:46 sphil2000: good evening all. Parents play a big role in their child's education. I would say that parents need to keep up to date with what their children are doing in their spare time. We can find many parents don't spend as much time as they should with their kids and as such whenever they do find the time, the kids are occupied esp with the internet. parents need to get on facebook and become their child's friend. get to know them and become their best friend
  • 00:46 Devi: No all parents are involved,they jus find it a problem
  • 00:46 QuenitaWalrond: finding teachable moments in EVERYDAY experiences is a fundamental way to be involved in your child's education at any and every age
  • 00:47 (Guest) guest: Intelligence is only one factor of children’s success at school and, later on, in life. It is necessary to develop certain character traits of the child, so that the intellect would fully come to the fore.
  • 00:47 (Guest) guest: Parents are building the foundation on which will depend the child’s self-confidence, independence and desire for research and learning.
  • 00:47 DoodmattieSingh: singing, rhyming, and story telling, listening to their child, praising good behaviour, avoiding negative comments
  • 00:48 (Guest) rasul: We need more Parents to be attending our PTAS meetings so they can be aware as to whats taking at their children /children school
  • 00:48 sphil2000: some parents think that only teachers are responsible for educating the children
  • 00:48 Devi: Omg that's so true sphil2000
  • 00:48 QuenitaWalrond: The important and sometimes tricky thing about praise is that some parents get caught in the trap of tying praise and punishment to the child and not the action itself
  • 00:49 MinisterManickchand: explain that quenita
  • 00:49 (Guest) rasul: Nice to hear the Ms.Doodmattie Singh is here tonight
  • 00:49 DoodmattieSingh: avoid comparing their child with other children - they all develop at their own pace
  • 00:50 MinisterManickchand: rasul all our senior officers are on. this is a forum where you will be able to interact with much of the Ministry's senior oficers
  • 00:50 Josephwangija: As we all know, children do not come into halls of academia empty headed. They do carry the values they l acquire from home and use them in their learning experiences.
  • 00:50 QuenitaWalrond: so a child follows through on an instruction like "please bring the red cup" we say "GOOD BOY!!"
  • 00:50 MinisterManickchand: officers
  • 00:50 sphil2000: children these days are sooo spoilt. they get things too easily from the parents and they don't know what it feels like to really work hard for things
  • 00:50 QuenitaWalrond: we are praising the child and not the action...not well done or good job for finding the red cup
  • 00:50 (Guest) guest: Please let us know our roles as a parent in our children's education because many times we are accused of not doing but may be just may be we dont really know.
  • 00:51 QuenitaWalrond: children begin to tie their sense of self worth to the actions they perform and not their innate goodness
  • 00:51 MinisterManickchand: guest. i agree
  • 00:51 MarcelHutson: Parents must be motivators ,providers and protectors if the are going to fulfill their mandate
  • 00:51 MinisterManickchand: maybe we need to say more and more publicly what are parents' roles and how they can play those roles effectively
  • 00:51 samb: I believe today the parents' role is even more hectic. As a parent, I am as active and involved with my son's work. We study together and learn from each other.
  • 00:51 Josephwangija: Hahaha I love that Phil. That brings us to the point of how "the modern village" has failed our children's learning
  • 00:51 (Guest) guest: Great Mr. hutson now tell us about motivating, how when
  • 00:52 (Guest) rasul: At a Particular school some parents are not welcomed to visit the class teachers
  • 00:52 QuenitaWalrond: so if the little boy knocks a cup off the table by accident or on purpose don't say "BAD BOY!!" speak only to the behaviour
  • 00:52 MinisterManickchand: rasul, then maybe we should build in parent days
  • 00:52 (Guest) guest: Mr. Rasul we need to keep the topic please
  • 00:52 (Guest) guest: We need help as parents
  • 00:53 MarcelHutson: show the child rewards that can be gained from having a good education
  • 00:53 (Guest) rasul: guest i have so much issues that is not being dealt with by some officers
  • 00:53 Josephwangija: I agree Hon. Minister. That is similar to what I suggested last week that we need to create what I called Community Alliances
  • 00:53 QuenitaWalrond: not a casting down of the child as a person but a point at the error and take steps to correct or modify the behaviour
  • 00:53 MinisterManickchand: so we have 1. that parents should actively and consciously engage children
  • 00:54 MarcelHutson: tell stories of persons delivered from poverty as a result of education for example
  • 00:54 (Guest) guest: Mr. Rasul no disrespect but you can actually make a difference and may be just may be the ministry may hire you
  • 00:54 MinisterManickchand: 2. that parents should know what children are doing in their spare time
  • 00:54 samb: Parents today ignore their child and at the end of the term wonders why he/she got such low marks. We need to equip ourselves with the teaching. For me I meet with the teachers when I do not understand something and we go through it together with my son present
  • 00:54 MinisterManickchand: 3. that parents should try to do homework with children
  • 00:54 QuenitaWalrond: that is a great and proactive step samb!!
  • 00:55 (Guest) guest: Great Minister and Mr. Hutson now we are talking solutions
  • 00:55 samb: We have to learn from each other otherwise, we would be lost and our children would be lost too
  • 00:55 MinisterManickchand: 4. that parents should meet with their children's teachers
  • 00:55 QuenitaWalrond: it shows your son that you too are still learning and are willing to ask for help to progress your learning...great modelling of great positive approach to learning
  • 00:55 MarcelHutson: set targets , study times etc
  • 00:55 (Guest) rasul: Minister they are teachers that when you try to help the kids with their home work the next day its wrong you have to do it their way
  • 00:56 MinisterManickchand: 5. parents should set targets and schedules like study time etc
  • 00:56 QuenitaWalrond: children are best served to know that their parents don't necessarily know everything but are not too "big" to learn or want to learn
  • 00:56 Josephwangija: In Kenya, we used to have special have parents days and on those days, parents would become teachers. The plan was to make parents experience what teachers go through in the education process of their children.
  • 00:56 (Guest) guest: Beautiful I like the set target. That will also make the child responsible
  • 00:56 MarcelHutson: attend parent conferencing and ask questions about performance.
  • 00:57 (Guest) rasul: Correct Quenita
  • 00:57 DoodmattieSingh: parents need to spend time with their children, just finding out every day what they did in school will cause the children to revist what was done and thereby improving schoo,l performancedone in the
  • 00:57 SuelleWilliams: parents should also study with their children. well not study but perhaps read a book or something. Show the child how to do it. Lead.
  • 00:57 samb: quenita exactly and once you show involvement it makes learning easy for them and seeing that the parent is interested makes a world of difference
  • 00:57 QuenitaWalrond: rasul if that is the case then perhaps you can show the teacher an alternate method and it can be useful in his/her classroom practice
  • 00:57 (Guest) guest: Besides, a parent who does everything for the child stops her/him from experiencing success. A positive reactions from the parents is also very important, a praise for each attempt of the child's independent activities, because in this way, a child develops a sense of confidence and motivation for learning new activities.
  • 00:57 MinisterManickchand: 6. attend parent conferences, pTA meetings, ask questions about performance.
  • 00:58 tasmania: i think ti start
  • 00:58 QuenitaWalrond: a little more low tech but effective is create a habit of checking class books everyday!!
  • 00:58 SuelleWilliams: additionally, every child functions better when i believe that their parents believe in them.
  • 00:58 MinisterManickchand: 7. help the child to become independent by showing them they are capable etc.
  • 00:59 QuenitaWalrond: also instill in children your expectation of greatness from them :-)
  • 00:59 samb: I do check books and to be honest when he sits to do homework I take a text book and read it with him
  • 00:59 MinisterManickchand: pls note i am merely numbering what your suggestions are so that it is easier to read as we go along and for those who cannot come on tonight but will loo at the archived conversation
  • 00:59 (Guest) rasul: Why so many activites going on in our school it is taking away from the teaching in the Classrooms
  • 00:59 QuenitaWalrond: and this is a great way samb to get red flags for gaps in your child's learning or understanding
  • 01:00 MinisterManickchand: 8. expectations of greatness should be instilled by parents
  • 01:00 samb: it is good to note that when a child excels to reward him and give him praise
  • 01:00 tasmania: i think to start with ...and to get parents attention we need to introduce planners so info from school going home invthat planner parents have to read and sign
  • 01:00 MinisterManickchand: rasul, depending on the activity, sometimes those too are very important to your child's development.
  • 01:00 (Guest) guest: What about the parent who cant read?
  • 01:00 samb: Quenita there are times I am tired but I still sit with him
  • 01:01 QuenitaWalrond: and that is our lot as good parents ;-)
  • 01:01 samb: they can get someone to help them
  • 01:01 (Guest) rasul: One Day a Teacher was teaching a long divison in the classroom and was using a calculator to find the answer
  • 01:01 MinisterManickchand: hmmmm. tasmania, do you mean like a report or a diary?
  • 01:01 samb: nothing is without loss guest
  • 01:01 QuenitaWalrond: parents who cant read are still valuable partners in the education process
  • 01:01 Josephwangija: And besides academic needs, physical needs like food, clothing , medical care should be well taken care of by a responsible parent
  • 01:01 samb: parents who don't know to read can share orally an explanation or otherwise
  • 01:02 QuenitaWalrond: parents who cant read can still sit up with their children until the job is done because they are transmitting the value of the work to be done and the need to complete what is started
  • 01:02 QuenitaWalrond: not all learning is content from a book
  • 01:02 QuenitaWalrond: excellent point samb
  • 01:02 MinisterManickchand: rootacess, i've lost count. and can't seem to scroll up. what number am i at now?
  • 01:02 QuenitaWalrond: tasmania a communication book is what you are alluding to
  • 01:02 samb: thank you Q
  • 01:03 rootaccess: 8
  • 01:03 rootaccess: next is 9..
  • 01:03 (Guest) rasul: Mr Hutson i will call you on Tuesday about some concerns
  • 01:03 MinisterManickchand: 9. share real life experiences. take your child to the zoo, to a rice field, to a cricket match etc etc
  • 01:03 samb: This is quite an interesting topic and I would like if a programme can be put in place to help parents who shirk from the responsibilities
  • 01:03 QuenitaWalrond: it doesn't necessarily have to be a fancy journal, it can be an exercise book cut in three and captures highlights of the students' day and points of quiet or loud concern
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  • 01:04 samb: and perhaps for those who are willing to learn as well so as to better help their children
  • 01:04 QuenitaWalrond: the parent isn't only communicated with if there is a problem
  • 01:04 MinisterManickchand: 10. i am trying to word tasmania's suggestion which i think would be very useful for teachers and parents to do
  • 01:04 Josephwangija: By the way so is how our ancestors learned. It was through practical and life experiences
  • 01:04 (Guest) guest: Every parent wants his or her child to do well in school. The problem is not usually that parents aren't capable of helping their child do well in school. After all, not many parents have a background or training in educational techniques or child psychology. It's just that the parent doesn't know the best way to help.
  • 01:05 MinisterManickchand: 10. create a standard means of communication between parent and school about what is happening in the child's life at school
  • 01:05 (Guest) rasul: Mr Hutson let me also informed you that my son that was victimized by your teacher in Grade 3 has risen from 62% to 72%
  • 01:05 DoodmattieSingh: oh yes children love new experiences, tour new places etc and they learn so quickly.
  • 01:05 tasmania: sorry forks i am on my phone signal
  • 01:06 MinisterManickchand: are you chatting with us from a phone tasmania?
  • 01:06 (Guest) rasul: When children has the ability to do well you have to encourage them not push them aside.
  • 01:06 samb: Mr. Rasul I agree
  • 01:06 MinisterManickchand: all children should be encouraged mr rasul
  • 01:06 samb: every child has potential we as parents need to let them know it
  • 01:07 samb: and mold it and encourage it
  • 01:07 QuenitaWalrond: parents, teachers, the vendor in the market, the dentist...our children are our collective responsibility
  • 01:07 (Guest) rasul: Well not all are being encouraged minister your officers need to visit the classrooms
  • 01:08 (Guest) rasul: Oh yes
  • 01:08 samb: well said Quenita
  • 01:08 (Guest) guest: I am thinking as parents we also need to do some of the following as a foundation. Like seriously do! Teach them that learning is their 'job
  • 01:08 samb: we as parents need to make learning enjoyable
  • 01:08 (Guest) guest: Aim high
  • 01:08 MinisterManickchand: 11. parents should teach children that it is their responsibility to "learn"
  • 01:09 (Guest) guest: Distinguish studying from learning
  • 01:09 Josephwangija: As parents, we do not only have to encourage but we also have to discourage behaviors which our children acquire and may not be appropriate
  • 01:09 QuenitaWalrond: its funny that you say that guest because that is what my daughter and i say every morning before she leaves the car! I will ask what is your job at school today and he reply is TO LEARN
  • 01:09 MinisterManickchand: guest is that is what you meant?
  • 01:09 QuenitaWalrond: and i follow through in the afternoon by asking what she LEARNED today
  • 01:09 samb: and not get mad if they get something wrong. What I do when my son gets flustered I let him take a 5 minute break drink some water stretch a little and come back to continue
  • 01:10 (Guest) guest: Very often a parent asks a child if the child has done his or her studying – and the child has. Not good enough! The parent needs to verify that the child has learned the lesson. Quiz the child to be sure (this gets more difficult as the child gets older and begins to take more advanced subjects). Quiz the child again on the same material a few days later, and then again a week later. What good is learning something that is forgotten a week later? Remember that employers later in life will car
  • 01:10 MinisterManickchand: 12 be patient with your child
  • 01:10 MarcelHutson: nothing good comes easilyand that is why parents must be willing to make that sacrifice
  • 01:10 QuenitaWalrond: studying, depending on the strategy being used can be simple rote memorization and in that scenario very little learning for understanding has occured!!
  • 01:10 (Guest) rasul: The Teachers must be patient with the child too
  • 01:11 MinisterManickchand: 13. consciously commit to making the effort to be more involved in your child's education
  • 01:11 (Guest) rasul: Why are teachers beating some students in the classrooms
  • 01:11 (Guest) guest: I think sometimes we forget the little things that will make a big difference in our children's life. So true Mr. Hutson
  • 01:11 QuenitaWalrond: learning for regurgitation is WAY DIFFERENT from learning to understand!\
  • 01:11 MarcelHutson: good Mr Rasul
  • 01:11 MinisterManickchand: rasul, that should not happen. it is against our rules
  • 01:12 QuenitaWalrond: both can cause information to be retained but only the latter improves growth and quality of life
  • 01:12 (Guest) rasul: I taught was only HM.DHM and SM can administer lashes
  • 01:12 MinisterManickchand: root access could you please post link in this conversation re our policy on corporal punishment
  • 01:12 (Guest) guest: Well said Quenita
  • 01:12 (Guest) rasul: Minister some teachers dont care whats the policy
  • 01:13 (Guest) rasul: They do what they want
  • 01:13 (Guest) guest: Prioritize study time.
  • 01:13 samb: I would advise parents to do what I do as mentioned earlier. Schedule a meeting with a teacher with your child present and ask him to explain cert
  • 01:13 QuenitaWalrond: if we are not careful about our strategies for educating (parents and teachers alike) we will be raising up a force of regurgitators!
  • 01:14 (Guest) guest: All children need down time, and playing both alone and with other children is good for both their intellectual and social skills. However, as a matter of priority, children should, within reason, be encouraged to work first and play second. Eventually a well-developed work ethic will result in a big pay-off. Children also should have regular study hours during which to complete their schoolwork. As the child gets older, this designated study time should get longer.
  • 01:14 QuenitaWalrond: innovation needed for progress only comes from true understanding
  • 01:14 MinisterManickchand: 14. use what child has learnt to relate it to real life and not force child to regurgitate and cram ....does this capture your regurgitation comment quenita?
  • 01:14 (Guest) guest: I think this is so major. Provide a proper homework environment.
  • 01:14 QuenitaWalrond: yes please!
  • 01:14 MinisterManickchand: 15. include play time and fun time as essential tools to develop your child's education
  • 01:15 (Guest) rasul: What about this lessons business
  • 01:15 MinisterManickchand: 16. provide a good, clean, quiet enough space for your child to do their homework. make homework a routine.
  • 01:15 QuenitaWalrond: here's a wild thought...how can we use play to drive the learning?!!
  • 01:15 (Guest) guest: Be sure your child has all the tools needed to do his or her best – desk, a chair, good lighting, necessary school supplies (paper, pencils, pens, calculators, computers, rulers, compasses, protractors, paper clips, note pads, etc.) and, most important, a quiet place to work.
  • 01:15 MarcelHutson: exellent an intellectually stimulating environment is key
  • 01:15 samb: Assignments are soooo much and often enough they clash with each other on due dates what can we do about this
  • 01:16 eduguyana: If more of our children were encouraged by their teachers to manipulate concrete objects and do less abstract learning then lessons will become more attractive and easier to understand.
  • 01:16 (Guest) guest: Mind you we are not only talking Nursery and Primary school parents we must not forget those in the secondary schools
  • 01:16 MinisterManickchand: i have a question
  • 01:16 QuenitaWalrond: could not agree with you more eduguyana!
  • 01:17 SuelleWilliams: http://www.education.gov.gy/web/index.php/policies/maintenance-of-order-discipline-in-schoole/item/532-the-maintenance-of-order-and-discipline-roles-attached
  • 01:17 (Guest) rasul: Why parents are being pressured to support so much Fund Raising Ventures in our Schools
  • 01:17 MinisterManickchand: how do we cater for the single parent, (usually mothers) who are busy, have little or no support from delinquent fathers? how can they be of help to their children when they are so busy and stressed
  • 01:17 QuenitaWalrond: this holds true at every level but abstract thought and processing are fundamentally important skills that start to develop and need to be nurtured
  • 01:17 Josephwangija: Do parents in Guyana sing for their children as a means of stimulating their minds or they have left that role for Kartel and Mavado?
  • 01:18 MoriesaWilliams: A pleasant goodnight to everyone. Very interesting topic
  • 01:18 MinisterManickchand: welcome moriesa
  • 01:18 SuelleWilliams: http://www.education.gov.gy/web/index.php/policies/maintenance-of-order-discipline-in-schoole/item/539-corporal-punishment-of-lecturers
  • 01:19 (Guest) guest: Good Question Minister and there are so many like that today
  • 01:19 QuenitaWalrond: thank goodness for an extended family support network..but in cases where this just isn't the case, single mothers have to capitalize on the time they do have i.e. the walk home, while cooking dinner, while giving a bath
  • 01:20 MinisterManickchand: rasul, only the PTAs can host fund raising activities.
  • 01:20 (Guest) guest: real thing Quenita
  • 01:20 (Guest) guest: it actually works
  • 01:20 QuenitaWalrond: i have (as a SUPER BUSY) single mother quizzed the spelling list while soaping her body!
  • 01:20 (Guest) rasul: Why are some headteachers so disrespectful to parents when they call their offices for information
  • 01:20 krissy: i love the topic tonight cause we really need parents on board :)
  • 01:21 (Guest) guest: I ask my child in a simple converstion from how was your day? And once he speaks i use that as a foundation to build on
  • 01:21 MinisterManickchand: rasul, here is what we ca do. you could choose what next week's topic will be. because you are so very commendably enthusiastic you are raising everything under the sun
  • 01:21 MinisterManickchand: but because we have to have some order we can only discuss one main topic at a time
  • 01:21 Kay: true
  • 01:22 (Guest) guest: Lol
  • 01:22 MinisterManickchand: root access, what number am i at now. forgot again
  • 01:22 (Guest) rasul: I know that Minister but isn't that it must be controlled
  • 01:22 SuelleWilliams: 11.
  • 01:22 Josephwangija: I think 14
  • 01:22 rootaccess: next is 17
  • 01:23 MinisterManickchand: thanks.
  • 01:23 MarcelHutson: single parents need to understand that there situation is not a death sentence .They need to be encouraged and be suppoted in everyway
  • 01:23 QuenitaWalrond: this might sound corny and old fashioned..and i consider myself neither...but joining your child at the dinner table (or where ever they sit to eat in their homes) and using that as "US" time, whether its talking about school work or just talking makes a difference
  • 01:23 eduguyana: Instead of having our pta meetings be a sessionof complaints we can use them to teach pparents like the sinnnnnnnngle mom to learn new methooooooooooooods and straaaategies
  • 01:24 MinisterManickchand: 17. if you are a single parent, chances are high that you will find yourself under some more pressure, so rely on your extended family network if you have one
  • 01:24 (Guest) guest: Make learning a four-season endeavor. What do you think about this
  • 01:24 Josephwangija: Some single parents have more time for their children. Some children grow up with both parents who are both super busy
  • 01:24 MinisterManickchand: 18. ask your PTA or your school for help if you need to learn new strategies, methods etc
  • 01:25 (Guest) guest: School is out in the summer, but that should not mean that children should take three months off from learning. Summer is a good time for reviewing, for learning things that may not have been taught in school
  • 01:25 MinisterManickchand: 19. slot in routines that children come to know and expect will be their time with parents. e.g. Quenita's dinner table.
  • 01:26 MinisterManickchand: 20. keep the conversation flowing, learning happening even through the holidays.
  • 01:26 MinisterManickchand: is number 20 what you meant, guest?
  • 01:26 (Guest) guest: And truly its at the dinner or breakfast table parents hear and learn alot from thier children
  • 01:26 QuenitaWalrond: research has shown that children, in layman's terms, lose a lot of learning over the summer break and its as simple as if you don't use it you lose it
  • 01:27 (Guest) guest: Yes. Minister
  • 01:27 MinisterManickchand: great.
  • 01:28 (Guest) guest: Set a good example. I have come to realise that this is so lost in our society. Examples are being set yes but wrong ones
  • 01:28 MinisterManickchand: i would like to see some specific recomm for the parents who are not themselves educated. cannot read etc. i know we had some above but grateful if all could place some emphasis
  • 01:28 Kay: parents need to develop a relationship with teacher not only to visit the school when is parent conference
  • 01:29 MinisterManickchand: 21. be an example to your child. dont cuss up the neighbor and then tell your child he cannot curse. don't go late to everything and then expect your child o be early to school etc etc
  • 01:29 MarcelHutson: parents can identify reference persons in the community Minister
  • 01:30 Josephwangija: I'd advise that the not so much educated parents seek assistance from teachers or their educated friends and family members
  • 01:30 MarcelHutson: That is why the community spirit is so critical
  • 01:30 (Guest) guest: Some of us parents have to fisrt accept that we need help in order to help our children. Drop the pride
  • 01:31 MarcelHutson: very good guest
  • 01:31 MinisterManickchand: hmmm. would agree that parents who feel they need help should seek that help out.i would strongly urge though that parents know the adults in the community you are asking to help your child.
  • 01:31 QuenitaWalrond: for the traditionally uneducated parent 1. get the next thing coming down the pipeline from the teacher and try to stay a step ahead
  • 01:31 (Guest) guest: True Mr. Hutson but we have to say we need help
  • 01:32 JenniferCumberbatch: Hello everyone
  • 01:32 QuenitaWalrond: my mother didn't know that her mother DID NOT know French until she was an adult lol!!
  • 01:32 MinisterManickchand: hello mrs C. welcome
  • 01:32 MarcelHutson: welcome Jenny
  • 01:32 (Guest) guest: Exactly Minister because some can hold you to ransom because they have to help you and take advantage of the situation
  • 01:32 Josephwangija: Minister, I think Point 21 brings out somehow the role of the non-biological parents. Some children learn cussing from the adult members of the community who may not necessarily be their biological parents
  • 01:33 QuenitaWalrond: 2. ask your child to explain concepts to you...when you have to explain or reteach something you truly have to understand it...if the child fumbles too often ask them to go back to the book and try again
  • 01:33 MinisterManickchand: hold to ransom may not be as a bad. i am specifically cautioning against trying to fix one problem i.e. that a child needs help and running into another by placing your child into the hands of a pervert...i felt i needed to be frank here so excuse my graphic words
  • 01:34 QuenitaWalrond: sorry please don't let my numbering mess up the already established numbering system! lol
  • 01:34 MinisterManickchand: point 21 was trying to capture something i think guest said about leading by example.
  • 01:35 MarcelHutson: my father required of me everyday to find 3 new words and make sentences hence developed my vocab. Maybe parents can try this.
  • 01:36 sumanta31: good night
  • 01:36 (Guest) guest: Ransom in that same sense. A pervert may like the idea that a parent is uneducated and so he/she takes advantage of rendering assistance to thier own benefit
  • 01:36 QuenitaWalrond: if shame, pride and the like prevents a traditionally uneducated parent from reaching out then TAKE your children to places that can help them further e.g. the library, the neighbourhood internet cafe etc
  • 01:36 carmalita: as much as parents would like to have input in their children life it is very difficult especially for teachers themselves.for those teachers who are trying to get themselves qualified at the college and university they are the ones who do not have time to spend with their own kids.when they get home at ten and eleven in the night they have to get prepared for the following day.teachers are only human too.
  • 01:37 Josephwangija: My great grand mother requested me to teach her how to read little did I know I was learning in the process. We could indeed make these children 'teachers' at home and so help them to learn in the process.
  • 01:37 (Guest) guest: I like that Mr. Hutson. I am sure at the time you didnt find that fun but look what you are today
  • 01:37 MinisterManickchand: for the parent who does not believe he/she has the ability to be supportive because they may not themselves be educated, i like what quenita said about asking your child what he or she did and having them explain it to you. i remember mrs hamilton, our chief planning officer telling us of a research done somewhere where two groups of students and parents were studied over a number of years. in one group parents were required to ask their children everyday what they did /learnt in school.
  • 01:37 MarcelHutson: you know
  • 01:38 sumanta31: that reminds me of Dr Ben Carson
  • 01:38 MinisterManickchand: in the other group, the parents did not ask. the children who were asked by their parents what they did did better at the end of the studied period and did better even from year to year during that period.
  • 01:39 Josephwangija: Because it helped them to practice
  • 01:39 (Guest) guest: My son is taught every day before he leaves for school to learn as much as he can, stay away from bad company and walk on the right hand side of the road. Encouragement
  • 01:40 MinisterManickchand: @ carmelita, unfortunately every parent who has children while they are studying or before they completed their studies would have that pressure of having to work and study and still be good parents.
  • 01:40 (Guest) guest: I dont think you have to be educated to encourage every day
  • 01:41 MinisterManickchand: 22. actively and consciously speak to your child about what is right and wrong; instill in your child those sociable habits that are universal
  • 01:41 MarcelHutson: the Chinese have a saying a journey into amillion miles begins with a single .All parents must think big regardless of who you are.
  • 01:41 carmalita: being a good parent is not the issue it is the involvement in their children life and guidance.
  • 01:42 QuenitaWalrond: transmuting the value of education is critical. being real with your kids about what the circumstances are but telling them that working on their education can change things is something even our youngest learners can internalize
  • 01:42 MinisterManickchand: 23. think big for your child. the govt will provide the opportunities for your child to do well.
  • 01:42 MinisterManickchand: capitalise on those opportunities
  • 01:42 (Guest) guest: Value what is provided
  • 01:43 Josephwangija: When we think big, we act big
  • 01:43 (Guest) guest: Care the books given by the Ministry
  • 01:43 QuenitaWalrond: e.g. no baby mommy doesn't have enough money to buy you the barbie car but if you go to school and study hard, someday you will be able to buy 5 barbie cars...
  • 01:43 MinisterManickchand: 24. teach your children the value of an education. talk to them about education being the one sure way of eradicating poverty, ensuring stability, earning capacity etc etc
  • 01:43 (Guest) guest: and who knows they may be real cars Q
  • 01:44 QuenitaWalrond: of course this context changes the older your child becomes and the examples become more salient
  • 01:44 DoodmattieSingh: we need to work with those very parents so they understand how much they are capable of doing in helping to eduvate their children children
  • 01:45 MarcelHutson: some parent seminars will help
  • 01:45 JenniferCumberbatch: Yes, sitting with your child and discussing the importance of education and what it can do can help that child enormously, regardless of the age.
  • 01:45 Josephwangija: True I was reading recently about the first Surinamese female pilot. She says she had that dream since childhood.
  • 01:46 QuenitaWalrond: the take home message is that good and supportive home,school, and community partnerships are absolutely necessary for this thing to workout properly for our kids. Nothing good is ever gained for long from a combative rather than cooperative stance
  • 01:46 Josephwangija: So those imaginative cars can become real cars
  • 01:46 (Guest) guest: I believe that our involvement as parents in our children's education needs to seriously turn the corner now, right now or we will kill the next generation with our very own hands. So parents lets get serious and do something for our children
  • 01:46 MinisterManickchand: 25. encourage your child to think about their future, to dream of a future that is good.
  • 01:46 MarcelHutson: children can be taken to top schools on visits and be advised to work for such schools.
  • 01:47 (Guest) guest: simple. Do you have to be educated to do that Mr. Hutson
  • 01:47 MarcelHutson: no
  • 01:47 Josephwangija: Hmmm. Wouldn't that kinda of cause discouragement Mr. Huston?
  • 01:48 MarcelHutson: more like motivation
  • 01:48 (Guest) guest: Minister and other officers I know you guys are already busy trying to educate our children but what do you think of some community reading big tent activities
  • 01:49 QuenitaWalrond: helping our children set grand future goals has its place in terms of inculcating a sense of ambition in them. However do be wary of projecting our own failed dreams and ambitions onto them or forcing them to pursue career paths that we think are traditionally lucrative! We can't or don't all want to be lawyers... sorry boss ;-) lol!
  • 01:49 buttercup: parents should be educated before had what will be there role as a parent when it comes to their child education
  • 01:49 MinisterManickchand: guest, never too busy for good suggestions. we are actually working on something very similar
  • 01:49 JenniferCumberbatch: When parents are involved at the child's school and class, the children recognise that education has to be important for their parents to take time out to visit .
  • 01:50 buttercup: so
  • 01:50 (Guest) guest: buttercup thay have been doing that all night
  • 01:50 Josephwangija: But guys how about the physical needs. As if we are looking more at psychological needs
  • 01:51 (Guest) guest: I'm thinking go into to some communities have a big reading tent, distribute reading materials, ideas of making home libraries, etc
  • 01:51 QuenitaWalrond: good nutrition and adequate rest are vital pieces of this puzzle...great add Joseph!!
  • 01:52 (Guest) guest: Agreed Q but teach me how to fish so I can go get my own catch.
  • 01:52 MinisterManickchand: @ Quenita...laywers are good people... :). but i agree teaching ambition should not mean telling your children they MUST do x or y. it can come with guidance but should take strongly into consideration the child's own talents and desires.
  • 01:53 MinisterManickchand: and again, what number am i at?
  • 01:53 buttercup: more parent education programmes needed at the schools
  • 01:54 JenniferCumberbatch: I quite agree, Buttercup.
  • 01:54 QuenitaWalrond: guest would you like some practical tools re nutrition?
  • 01:54 sumanta31: yes buttercup
  • 01:54 (Guest) guest: Buttercup we cant be packing the school with everything. We parents have homes too. There are things we can do at home too
  • 01:54 educator: interesting
  • 01:54 MinisterManickchand: root access, i need my last number badly. i need to add good nutrition
  • 01:55 QuenitaWalrond: well the PTA can devote some of their gatherings to parent workshops
  • 01:55 buttercup: thats true
  • 01:55 (Guest) guest: What do we term as good nutrition
  • 01:55 Josephwangija: Some cases of Special Education Needs we are having today are as a result of nutrition so such programmes to enlighten our parents could do wonders
  • 01:55 MinisterManickchand: healthy and balanced meals.
  • 01:55 QuenitaWalrond: the Ministry is fraught with great resource personnel who would not shy away from an opportunity to help in this regard
  • 01:56 SuelleWilliams: i think you are at #25 Minister
  • 01:56 (Guest) guest: Could we have the nice milk that I got in school as a kid in the box again?
  • 01:56 JenniferCumberbatch: That is an important place where parents can really gather and have informal dicussionso0n parenting
  • 01:57 MinisterManickchand: 26. parents should provide healthy, nutritious, timely meals and snacks.
  • 01:57 educator: parents needed the most are the ones who hardly go to schools.
  • 01:57 QuenitaWalrond: it comes down to reducing packaged treats to a minimal and treat them as "treats" and not as staples
  • 01:57 buttercup: i think the nursery children recieve juice but i think milk would be good
  • 01:57 (Guest) guest: I like taht Q
  • 01:57 MinisterManickchand: quenita is there a quick link that you can post here about what is a blanched, healthy meal that is local.
  • 01:58 MarcelHutson: goodnight comrades .Got a meeting with God Tomorrow.
  • 01:58 (Guest) guest: The juice if not cold gives burn stomach.
  • 01:58 Josephwangija: Can a book work? I can recommend one
  • 01:58 MinisterManickchand: dear all, as this second conversation winds down, i want to thank you for joining us. in addition to you getting to speak to us, we get to her from you.
  • 01:58 JenniferCumberbatch: That may be so, but it could be a start; and those who don't attend could be further encouraged.
  • 01:58 (Guest) guest: Bye Mr. Hutson please remember to pray for our parents and children
  • 01:59 MarcelHutson: willdo
  • 01:59 Josephwangija: Good night all
  • 01:59 rootaccess: Please See the archive for these chats: http://www.education.gov.gy/web/index.php/let-s-chat/archived-chats
  • 02:00 (Guest) guest: I think tonight was excellent Minister and your officers. Keep doing a great job. You may not get all but you will certaily get most. Bye
  • 02:00 QuenitaWalrond: for a lunchbox for example protein: boiled egg, carbs: whole wheat tennis roll half; fuits/veggies: cucumber slices and tangerine wedges
  • 02:00 MinisterManickchand: this conversation has many suggestions that we will be mulling in the coming days. we are certain of one thing. and that is that we need parents to be good, supportive parents at home as badly as we need trained teachers and chalk in the classroom. our children will be better with good and healthy partnerships and strong, involved, informed parents.
  • 02:00 Josephwangija: Oh here is the book: Capsules of time for today by Shirley A. Mcgarrel
  • 02:00 JenniferCumberbatch: 'Bye all and may your kites go very high. Happy Easter to you.
  • 02:01 Josephwangija: It has nice guidelines on parenting and nutrition
  • 02:01 QuenitaWalrond: Easter blessings to all...stay away from electrical wires and kites with razor blades on their tails :-)
  • 02:01 SuelleWilliams: please encourage your friends to join next weeks discussion.
  • 02:01 buttercup: sure will do
  • 02:02 sumanta31: sure will
  • 02:02 educator: a balance meal is a meal that consists of all the nutrients in the required amounts.
  • 02:04 SuelleWilliams: have great evening everyone. Happy Easter.
  • 02:04 QuenitaWalrond: keyword search balanced diet in google images to see pictures of the food pyramid or pie chart
  • 02:05 buttercup: Happy Easter
  • 02:06 rootaccess: Good night everyone!
  • 02:07 rootaccess: From all of us at MOE, do have a pleasant evening. We will continue our chat next thursday, same time! God bless!
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  • 02:08 MinisterManickchand: happy easter friends.
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