I listened to my former teacher Mr Percival Simon report on a situation at St Mary’s Secondary School about teachers not teaching because they were too busy selling.
Having a child out at the school I went out there to observe and raise hell with the ministry and principal. It is a good thing I looked before I leaped or I would have been so embarrassed.
I asked where children purchased snacks and lunch. I was directed to a dilapidated building just outside the fence. I asked my child if she buys there and she said sometimes.
Well from today my daughter’s lunch will be packed at home. Mr Lionel Michael, please check out this building. I would not prepare my dog’s food in it.
There is also a maroon jeep that sells at lunchtime. I understand that they applied to the school for permission. Although the person is related to a teacher, while I was looking on, the teacher collected her lunch and left, and she was not involved in the selling.
The issue of the slush machine, I am told, was used to raise funds for the pageant in February. The drink was prepared in the morning before school and left to freeze until break. What is not sold at lunch remains in the machine until after school when the machine is cleaned.
The school sells on Fridays to raise money. I understand this money is to help purchase gifts for the students who have done very well through the year. This is done by teachers who have a light load on Fridays, therefore no class time is lost.
Percy, remember what is responsible journalism. Investigate stories and if my daughter is correct in who she suggests may be feeding you misinformation, don’t let anyone use you for personal ambitions.