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May 20, 2015

Faber Speaks on Mass Suspension

Patrick Faber

When we spoke with Minister of Education Patrick Faber, he said it was the first time that he was hearing of the incident. He told the media that according to protocols, it would be dealt with by the School’s Board of Director and Management team and unless deem fit, they will intervene. But Faber noted that they if and when they do intervene, they will proceed with great caution:


Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“This is news to me. As you know when things like this happen, it is reported firs to the district center and then they do their investigations. I have no information on it but thank you for bringing this to my attention. I will certainly look forward to hearing more about it and to make sure our officers address the situation properly. But also if it is happening in a high school, I keep saying to all concerned that the first line of authority there is the and probably in many cases the final line of authority is the school’s board of management and I hope they will be acting on the matter promptly as well. I don’t know the details and so speculating at this point would be wrong of me at this time. If it’s a matter happening at the high school, again, it would be the board of management to deal with.”


Andrea Polanco

“Sir, if the Board of Management isn’t able to address it properly, is it something that the Ministry will look forward to perhaps intervene and address this issue?”


Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“You will recall there have been cases where the Board of Management had not acted in according to what is expected of them and in that manner then the Ministry does have an obligation to intervene, yes. But even so, we are very cautious. You will recall the Escuela Mexico situation and that has gone to the highest courts in fact, the Ministry at that time felt that the Board had not adequately dealt with the situation and we sent in a team to investigate it and even so the courts- we were brought up as if we didn’t have a right to intervene. This is a government school, so we are very, very cautious and we want those who are in power of authority get a chance to act and if there is some hidden agenda, I believe they will act promptly to ensure that these kinds of situations are resolved.”


Andrea Polanco

“Sir, is there a concern for you or within the Ministry about these incidents. We recently had the one with a high school in Benque and now we are hearing of this incident with San Pedro High School. Is there a concern for you?”


Patrick Faber

“Yes, we have to be concerned but again it goes with the time and what is happening in the larger world and we cannot expect that situations like this won’t occur. If we are living in a time when technology is going out of proportion and we have to move with the change and be careful and make regulation to along with that change to go along with the time. Yes, I am concerned but I am not alarmed because it is not happening in any alarming manner just as yet.”


Faber says that a major part of controlling incidents comes down to professionalism of the teachers.


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1 Response for “Faber Speaks on Mass Suspension”

  1. Schlub sandwich says:

    High school birthday party moved to Patty’s poolside
    Clothing optional.
    Party on, UDP style!

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