Ministry of Education, Guyana

Friday, 11 July 2014 09:06

PTA Meeting Notice

Parents and Guardians of children now entering Nursery School in Georgetown are asked to make a special effort to attend Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Meetings. Please be advised that if you are unable to attend then, you may ask a representative to attend on your behalf.

The schedule for Georgetown schools is below:

 

Published in Announcements

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

  • The room was cleared by an administrator.
  • 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.
  •  

    Disclaimer: Some original transcripts were edited. The Ministry of Education will not allow this chat platform be used for Personality degradation. All specific complains concerning a specific school or teacher or public officer must be reported using the Ministry's established hotlines or private communication mechanisms.

    Published in Let's Chat Archive

    TENTH PARLIAMENT OF GUYANA – FIRST SESSION (2012)

    NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

    NOTICE PAPER NO. 161

    You are here: Home Answers to Parliamentary Questions Parent Teacher’s Associations (PTA)