UNDER the new governance of principal Garfield Higgins in 2011, Tarrant High School achieved an academic milestone with an exceptional performance subsequent to sitting the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). Higgins' method of operation has, however, caused teachers to become disgruntled, resulting in them taking legal action to evict him from the post.
The discontent reportedly came as a result of his move to address lateness and non-performance among some teachers. His decision to ban teachers from selling merchandise to students, dropping by classes unexpectedly, as well as the privatisation of the canteen and the bookshop, was also met with disapproval..
Teachers, however, argue that proceeds from the bookshop go towards student welfare. It was alleged that he has been disrespectful to teachers as well as students and as such, they will not continue to work with him.
Do you agree with the teachers' decision to force the principal out of his position despite his attempts to improve the school's academic performance?
No, I do not agree with the decision. The teachers are used to having their own way and doing things at the mere minimum, which does not benefit the students academically. The principal is trying to better the school and he should be allowed to continue because it obviously works.
— Tara-Gayle Allen
I disagree to some extent. As principal he should be allowed to drop by classrooms unannounced to ensure the teachers are doing their jobs well, and complaining about the surprise visits, in my opinion, is [in bad taste]. Similarly, if the teachers find having their peers run the bookshop and canteen more convenient and helpful to the school and the students then they should be allowed to continue.
— Racquel Robertson
Yes! This principal is trying to build up the school in a day and it takes a much longer time to do so. If teachers are being offended then they have a right to stand up for themselves. The previous principal improved the school academically by adding a sixth form. My point is despite the work you do, you shouldn’t be disrespectful.
— Daniel Anthony
No, the principal shouldn’t be fired because he is doing it for the best of the children. Appearing randomly at classes is to ensure that the teachers actually teach and not just pretend to when they expect him there. If anything, its some of these teachers who need to be forced out of their jobs for underperforming and always being late.
— Kristina Bramwell
I don’t agree. The principal is the head of the school and makes decisions that are best for the school. That’s his job. The decision to privatise is aimed at improving the efficiency of the school which enables them to make more money which can be used to improve the school’s facilities overtime. Teachers should not be vending in schools, they should be teaching!
— Denardo Demetrius
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