Public asked to weigh in on school inspections

| 18/05/2018 | 67 Comments

(CNS): The Office of Education Standards (OES) is calling on the general public to offer input, thoughts and comments on the new schools inspection framework. The office will be holding district meetings and conducting social media polls via the government Facebook page to encourage educators, parents and community members to weigh in on plans for a new regime regarding expectation of standards in Cayman’s public and private schools.

Education remains a hot topic for government and Chief Inspector Peter Carpenter, who developed the new proposed framework based on input from members of the Educational Council, principals and school staff, said they want the public’s input.

“The idea is to provide educators, parents and community members with the standards, goals and
expectations prior to an inspection, so that all stakeholders understand and agree upon what ‘excellent’ looks like,” he said.

The framework, which is available in the CNS Library, applies to all schools and aims to organise the goals of the education system into six areas: student achievement, personal and social development, effective teaching, curriculum quality, safety and support of students, and school leadership.

During the previous PPM administration, when Tara Rivers held the education portfolio, a series of major baseline inspections were carried out that revealed some damning results regarding standards and achievements in schools. Since then, the education department has been working towards improving education standard across all schools.

The inspection regime was also considered an area that needed reform. This is among the proposals in this new document, which will be discussed at the district meetings set for the next two weeks.

The district meetings start on Wednesday, 23 May in Cayman Brac.  Most are scheduled to begin at 6:00pm, with the exception of the Bodden Town meeting, which starts at 6:30 pm.

The schedule is as follows:

Cayman Brac Wednesday 23 May Creek and Spot PS Lunchroom
West Bay Monday 28 May Sir John A. Cumber PS Library
George Town Tuesday 29 May John Gray HS School Hall
East End Wednesday 30 May East End PS School Hall
Bodden Town* Thursday 31 May Bodden Town PS School Hall
North Side Friday 1st June Edna Moyle PS Munley Miller Hall

See proposed framework and the baseline reports in CNS library

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  1. Anonymous says:

    When an inspector inspects a school and does not ask to see the register of that class inspected, how does he/she know if the difficulty children have been removed for the purposes of the inspection?




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  2. Anonymous says:

    Address behaviour and you will subsequently address academic achievement. The children at public schools do whatever they want, and get away with it! How are they expected to achieve if the teacher has to stop teaching to address unruly, disrespectful, or disruptive behaviour every 5 minutes? The amount of parents showing up to inquire about their child’s academic progress is abysmal. These children don’t feel obliged to do any work, and they don’t have to! They’re promoted regardless of achievement, maturity, or social skills. These children would never be tolerated in the private schools. Observe the amount of parents that show up to PTA meetings and reporting sessions at public schools and compare that to private. Look at the percentage of teacher turnover every year. What does that tell you? Public school teachers make more than private school teachers but they still won’t stay. Inspection was not needed to figure out the issues at the schools. Ask the teachers. Teachers are not going to lie about the conditions, they have to work in them. Maybe if the local community actually valued education, they would see some changes. Institute a no tolerance policy for bullying. Require parents with students enrolled to attend reporting sessions. Retain students that are not achieving the expected standard. Hire professionals trained in education to work with special needs children. Reduce class sizes to facilitate more one on one work with the teacher. Hire supply teachers so assistant teachers aren’t expected to cover staff absences, therefore not being there to reduce the student teacher ratio in classes. Require students to be prepared with supplies for class. Create a curriculum with texts that support it. This isn’t rocket science. Or we can just pull the cover over our eyes, I mean it’s only Cayman’s future we’re talking about. I’m sure it will work itself out if we just keep doing what we’re already doing and expect different results.




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    • RICK says:

      It’s the Cayman way of life as you said the kids do what ever they like and get away with it. It’s the same with the adult Caymanian population they do what ever they like and get away with it. We see every Monday morning done Caymanian is dragged off to the courts , they get suspended from their jobs with pay wait a few years and then win their cases and return to work.




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  3. Anonymous says:

    We need more expat teachers to scapegoat.




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  4. Retired teacher says:

    “The framework was developed from input by principals and staff…….”
    So the teachers tell the inspectors how to do the job?

    The government sent a lot of money training a certain lady to be chief inspector of schools; after a short while she was ‘promoted’ into a ministry as chief officer and shortly afterwards buried in a job without a title in an office no-one can find.
    I hope the current holder of the chief inspector’s office takes note: if you really do the job you were hired for, don’t expect to remain for very long.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Is that the one that was moved out of the Ministry because she doctored a report from an overseas consultant? If so, that has less to do with her being removed for doing her job, and more to do with her deliberating giving both the government and the Caymanian people false information. It was a classic CYA move, but she was busted.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Well if you like foreigners coming here and judging schools by UK standards when so many children are creamed off into the private sector, then you have the right inspector. How can Red Bay with its abysmal results be classed as satisfactory? Just saying!




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    • Anonymous says:

      The framework is all his own I think as I certainly was not consulted and neither were any of my colleagues.




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  5. Anonymous says:

    There is no bullying in our schools.




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    • Tru Tru says:

      There are no gangs in Cayman.




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    • Anonymous says:

      There is bullying by teachers!




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      • Anonymous says:

        I know, its disgraceful. Teachers are making students come to class on time, to not use their cell phones, to do homework, and to be respectful of the teacher and other students. There are even teachers trying to get through a lesson without outside distractions so students with ADD induced by their environment can concentrate. The cahones of these teachers. Its a good thing we have middle management and administration to protect our children from these monsters. These teachers are obviously racists and we are better off without them.Lets make Cayman education independent from furiners like we should our nation, We will all be better off.




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  6. Anonymous says:

    As long as CIG illegally denies free education to expat kids I do not care how bad the locals are.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Nothing illegal about it! It is rational, economically necessary, and a clearly stated and accepted condition on the permission of any expat to come and be here.




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      • Anonymous says:

        You need to consult Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Articles 13 and 14 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, plus a load of other international conventions that Cayman is party to as a BoT. Primary education should be both free and compulsory for all children. Secondary education should be generally available and accessible (which means having places available for all that want them). Further, “Education should be affordable to all, with textbooks, supplies and uniforms provided to students at no additional costs”




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  7. Anonymous says:

    Let’s start by not broadcasting when you are going to show up shall we?




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  8. Anonymous says:

    On Cayman Brac surveys, be it staff or parent, are hardly anonymous. Thus, if all don’t reply, inspectorate should understand. The CB mafia still runs one primary school on CB.




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  9. West Bay Premier says:

    Sorry Jo Jo can’t go back to the Brac , still got more work to do , read all the other comments that will keep you busy for awhile longer .




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  10. West Bay Premier says:

    MsJo Jo Education Minister need to do some work and take all the money that is being spent on cruise pier studies , and spend the money on education . Then she need to go to the schools that have the sign that says “No Foreigners Welcome Here ” and take that sign down . Then go into the schools and make sure that no SEGREGATION exist in the kids . Then go to LA and make sure that all Laws prohibit SEGREGATION . Then she can go back to Brac .




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    • Anonymous says:

      Hahahaha! You mean you actually want this Minister of Education to actually do something? First she knows absolutely nothing about education and secondly she is too busy doing what I have no idea.




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  11. Say it like it is says:

    Who exactly are carrying out the current school inspections?.




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    • West Bay Premier says:

      4:17 pm , there is segregation that is existing in the schools, and they just got some hell for it . This is their sneaky way of addressing it .




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  12. Mr. D says:

    We need to reinstate the old system of a middle school. this would help to curtail any future problems. Focus on getting our children educated to surpass all college and university standards and show that we care for our future. GOD BLESS the Cayman Islands.




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    • Anonymous says:

      We should also reinstate British Exams rather then Trinidadian equivalents.




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      • RICK says:

        Trinidad does not have it’s own O levels exams. They use CXC which is slightly above GCE.
        Plus the trinidad population is most educated in the region with a surplus of labour.




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        • Anonymous says:

          The CXC is in no way above a GCE, and is certainly well below the Cambrige IGCSE’s or International Baccalaureate qualifications we should be enabling our children to strive for.




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          • RICK says:

            That is certainly not true as nearly all UK educational institutions accept CXC and CAPE for entrance to their programs.




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            • Anonymous says:

              Sure, but it is not as respected and far less stringent than IGCSE’s.




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              • RICK says:

                Bro this is the carribean and most member countries are using CXC. Some are the most educated carribean folk come from Trinidad, Barbados and Jamaica. Cayman is still a British Colony so free to follow British rule.




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          • Anonymous says:

            Huge issue (at least on Brac) is lack of appropriate vocational certification. When a student can tear an engine apart and put it back together, or create an exceptional weave in no time but has trouble with the written exam (if one exists) they should be able to earn a living with that skill set. Time for CI certification.




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          • Anonymous says:

            Are you for real. They cannot pass GCSE’s possibly the easiest of exams and now you want them to take IGCSE’s.




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  13. Anonymous says:

    Not bashing the educators, but the machinery, but just how can they manage to ask for public input on standards when there are classes without teachers and supplies, no daily nursing staff, core subjects are diluted with a nebulous curriculum, very little extra tutoring or special needs support offered, local teachers are discouraged and unsupported, after-school music progs are now cut, school busses without AC, baths without proper sanitary facilities, and libraries without computers!
    To actually do the Survey: (a) Do ANON Surveys at the September PTA meetings (the only one parents bother to attend). This would ensure that some actual parents respond. BUT have it all handled by a 3rd party as DES survey handlers would contaminate the results. (b) Do the same thing for Students. Have a survey perhaps to coincide with their prefect elections. Ask UCCI students to administer it for neutrality.
    Publish the raw results within 48hours – or it is all of lost value.




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  14. Anonymous says:

    Increase school sizes and allow expats into the schools so that segregation is decreased




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    • Anonymous says:

      No, give every Caymanian parent a voucher for 10,000 (or 25,000 if their child has special needs) and let them send their children where the want. Failing schools will fail. The best will win. Instant integration.

      No banker, lawyer, doctor or accountant or wealthy expat is ever going to send their child to a government school. The only way to achieve true integration now is by facilitating the entry of Caymanian children into private schools.




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      • West Bay Premier says:

        8:34 pm , I take it you know what INTEGRATION is , but do you know that SEGREGATION exist. in the schools today ? That’s not a good road for the kids or anyone to be on .




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        • Anonymous says:

          I have nothing against Jamaicans, but their attitude to our children is disrespectful within schools. Stop hiring people from jurisdictions with inferior education systems to our own. It makes no sense.




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      • mr anon says:

        Please enlighten us all and use some examples of places in the world where this idea of yours is done.

        That’s right, you can’t, because that would be discrimination – not to mention a waste of funds!

        Sending Cayman children to private school does not automatically guarantee academic success! It’s a joint effort between the educator and the individual student, mostly the latter though.




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        • Anonymous says:

          Nowhere else in the world has dug itself into the hole we are in. Removing economic barriers to private education is now the only way to get a broad economic and cultural cross section in our community into the same schools.

          I have no shame in reserving the benefits for Caymanian children. All expats know having to pay for their children’s education is a condition of them being here.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Re: Private Schools
        (a) They’re full, many with waiting lists up to two years
        (b) They have much higher scholastic standards and aren’t required to automatically advance failing children nor equipped to absorb special needs kids
        (c) No bad apples tolerated
        (d) Attendance taken
        (e) They cost more than $10k!




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        • Anonymous says:

          And government schools cost 20K pers student. Cayman Prep, 12 K – and they have special needs kids.




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          • Anonymous says:

            It depends on what you mean by special needs. Don’t they have an entrance test and if a child scores below a certain quotient, they are refused entry.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Segregation may be decreased, but bullying no.
      There is an epidemic of bullying in all of our schools.
      Forgive me if I did not raise my children to be bastards.




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    • Anonymous says:

      There are hundreds of expats in government schools. They are however almost all from lower socioeconomic strata. That is not helping the diversification we strive for.




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  15. Anonymous says:

    Ensure all kids in KS2 can READ and give grinds to KS2 to bring their grades up to standard….the government (or maybe the port director) should pay for these grinds.




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  16. Anonymous says:

    Allow children to repeat a year if they are too immature or have fallen behind too much.




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    • Anonymous says:

      No, require it!




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    • Anonymous says:

      ALL the evidence suggests that repeating a year makes absolutely no difference. If the child has failed why do you assume its not the teacher who is at fault. So you leave the child to go through the same bad teaching and expect a different outcome?




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  17. Anonymous says:

    Teach kids from government school how littering kills the environment. So unfortunate that there are NO anti-littering campaigns tuaght in Gov schools from first year toward.




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    • Anonymous says:

      This is something that parents should have instilled in their children from a young age. The government/ school should only be reinforcing the lesson.




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    • Anonymous says:

      How about the parents actually parent their children and the schools get on with teaching?




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