Primary school makes some progress, say inspectors

| 18/10/2019 | 14 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): After the third follow-through inspection at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School in West Bay, inspectors found that the school had finally made satisfactory progress on most of the 16 recommendations made some five years ago. Inspectors said progress was ‘satisfactory’ in most areas but that students’ achievement across all year groups in English and maths remained well below expected standards.

The school will now join the usual cycle of inspections and will be revisited by the Office of Education Standards inspectors later in the current academic year. While the school improved enough to rate it as ‘satisfactory’ overall, it managed only ‘weak’ or ‘satisfactory’ grades on the progress, failing to make good progress on any of the recommendations.

“Assessments conducted towards the end of the last academic year indicated that students’ progress in English and mathematics was weak,” the report found. “Only around half of the students made expected progress and attainment levels in writing and mathematics had declined from the previous year.”

Just a quarter of students achieved at the expected level in maths by the end of Year 6 and less than half of the students at the end of the primary years had achieved the expected level in writing.

“In all three areas of the curriculum, students’ results in 2018-19 at Year 6 were below the national average and significantly below international standards,” inspectors said.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    What were these inspectors seeing on their second inspection? JACPS is a total mess. I know I work there/

  2. Anonymous says:

    The pictures of these schools principal and administrators need to be posted along with the inspectors reports and a time frame set for each improvement target and the final deadline of full compliance for all standards. More money is not going to solve the problems, solving problems requires dedication and commitment yes, Work.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This school excelled under Mr. Crawford in the 1980s and early 1990s. Thereafter, it did well under Mrs. Kidd through the 1990’s. My kids then transferred to Cayman Prep and I had no more direct contact or experience with the school.

    It is certainly disheartening that JACP slid to the levels reported in the inspections of 5 years ago. Hopefully the improvements are real and consistent!

    Education Department & Ministry need to examine why any school’s performance declines drastically and implement measures to correct same. Anything less is unfair to the children!

  4. Anonymous says:

    So lets sum it up.

    Airport redevelopment
    Landfill about to he capped
    Cruise piers about to be built
    Crime is down
    Schools improving
    Huge budget surplus
    Long term mental health facility about to be built.

    Do I need to continue. Some how we find it necessary to complain.

    That’s not world class. That’s the Universe!

  5. Anonymous says:

    English is a second languagr.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately it can’t be only the schools problem. It’s starts with the parents. If the parents don’t put the time into the children, it won’t matter what the school does. Other than keep the children in school for longer hours to teach them more or reinforce what is taught.

    The quality of West Bayer’s that send their children to the public school isn’t the best. Though it has improved over the years. More parental involvement will help. Plus if you identify the at risk children early and keep those monitored with a social worker regularly visiting the home situation it would help even more.

    • Anonymous says:

      And you shipped the principal off to the Brac?

    • Anonymous says:

      Are these the social workers that almost never have the best interest of the child at heart, who regularly fail to follow up on at risk children, who frequently side with the abusing parent for various reasons? Man you are so out of touch with the poor quality of many social workers in Cayman.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Teaching children these days how to become subservient drones.
    I am disgusted at the lack of quality in the system, yet we have such high regulation. Blind fools support a system that makes them and their children dumb.
    The next time your children disrespect you, remember what you taught them. You taught them to blindly follow a system that made you stupid and now you want the kids to follow and be stupid just like you.
    Don’t be mad if they rebel. You only have yourself to blame.
    Quick, run to the doc, get some ADHD medicine. Drug up your children because they cannot conform to your insanity. The rich are the guilty ones and they convince the poor. All in the same leaky boat.
    Life is broken, what will you do?
    Mr. Gubbermint, sent me da smart massa, me kids dey gwan wild, dem.
    Fools. Prepare to meet your Creator.

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