SVG Budget 2012

Teacher had to repay students’ money or go to jail – Miguel

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Girlyn Miguel (File photo)

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – A teacher who had “borrowed” monies  students deposited into a school co-operative account was given a choice: repay it or go to prison.

Education Minister Girl Miguel made the disclosure in Parliament on Thursday as she spoke of the challenges she encountered while trying to promote a cooperative at a school that she did not identify.

She said that she had proposed the co-operative to the school’s parent-teacher association (PTA), which felt that the idea should have been shelved.

“I went class to class and I sold the credit union message. Mr. Speaker, today, that school has a large sum of money,” said Miguel, a former head teacher.

“We cautioned our teacher and I can remember being very tough on one of them who thought he could have borrowed a child’s money. And I said, ‘It’s jail or money.’ He paid back the money and he went away,” Miguel said, adding that there are now 87 school co-operatives here.

“We thank God for our children. They are becoming thrifty. They know how to use what they have,” she further stated.

Miguel also congratulated the Co-operative Division in the Ministry of National Mobilisation and praises the “great job” that credit unions are doing “especially for the poor”.

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3 thoughts on “Teacher had to repay students’ money or go to jail – Miguel

  1. Education revolution having teething problems again, when you instruct your ULP teachers to own the jobs, they think it also means own the funds. Just like some of the ULP ministers and public servants that think they can do financially corrupt things in the work place, so the teachers copy them.

    On the other hand when teachers are cheated by government with fraudulent contracts, I suppose that can add to, or encourage crime in the teaching system.

    When teachers are promised wage increases and cheated out of them for a number of years, that kind of treatment may add to, or encourage crime in the teaching system.

    Are there teachers who are not being prosecuted for offences against children . What happened about the teachers running a homosexual ring and buggering school boys, Why did that die a death, when these things are hidden from public view it encourages the continuance of such acts.

    Well I suppose with a record of employing gay press secretaries and PR men to protect the ULP, perhaps we can expect suppression of this kind of behaviour.

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SULPHUR

    Posted by Peter | January 14, 2012, 11:56
  2. I believed that the Deputy Prime Minister is probably trying to use ‘children cooperative fund destruction’ by a teacher to discredit all teachers’ character. The behavior imply that they don’t care about the children welfare.Therefore, why should Ralph Gonsalves give them a raise?

    Head teachers never care about the teachers any way,all they concern about is that they are the ‘Bosses of the schools”. Worst now this woman has given a big position where she has to protect any wrong action done by the Ruling ULP Govt.

    I believed that the Deputy Prime Minister has just brought a disgrace to the ULP Goverment in that the teachers are so poorly paid that they are forced to commit monetary criminal mischief in the schools.
    What a conduct for a Deputy Prime Mimnister!
    Always
    Neut & ind
    Prof-Das

    Posted by Danniel8 | January 15, 2012, 09:47
  3. EG LYNCE WAS SAYING THAT ALL THE TIME AND THE ULP WAS SAYING THAT HE WAS LYING , CONFESSION IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL, SO NOW THAT THE TEACHERS START ACTING UP FOR THEIR MONIES GOVERNMENT OWE THEM ,THEY DECIDE TO COME OUT AND SAY WHAT LYNCE WAS SAYING NOW, CONGRATS MADAM.

    Posted by UNITY FOR SVG | January 15, 2012, 11:49

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