I’m sure everyone by now knows about the Saba Educational Foundation Board members have stepped down. Some people say that they were forced to depart. Does it matter under what circumstance they resigned? No, it doesn’t but we had an opportunity to correct an educational system in desperate need of repair.
On Monday, Christalle Klaber on behalf of the parents and concerned citizens forwarded a letter to the Executive Council. The letter was posted to Saba – News and there has been a lot of commentary to her letter. Last night, September 16, 2014, Chris Johnson responded to Christalle’s letter. He denied her the use of SCS’ facilities for the upcoming parent association meeting. He further refused to meet with the parents but he did share that he will announce a new strategy to correct the situation on Friday. Is this what he and Mr. Hermans have been working on so diligently for the past several days?
“With regards to the request for a public meeting to be held on the school premises on Saturday 20th please be informed that your request is denied.
With regards to your list of priorities and objectives I would like to inform you of the following. On Friday September 19th I will publicly inform all stakeholders in education, and the general public, as to the path forward in the field of secondary education on Saba.“
Mr. Johnson forgot that he is elected by the very people that are now railing against what he refuses to acknowledge. He could have stopped the complaining, fixed the educational system for the better and let us focus on the future rather than being distracted by the on-going problems at SCS.
Mr. Johnson repeatedly said that he doesn’t have the power to change the situation when the Vo-raad claimed otherwise. Now, he decided to present his plans for the future which were developed in a vacuum. Is he going to update his plans to reflect the latest allegations on Saba News? I doubt it but one thing is certain – Chris Johnson is at the heart of the problem – if not the problem.
With one act, you, Chris Johnson could have been a hero but you chose otherwise!