Caribisch Netwerk writes, that students of the Saba Comprehensive School (SCS) are about to start their final examinations. They are confident that they now will perform better because they are of the opinion that the new teachers of the school are better.
Final exam candidate Jody Morgan: “Initially I thought, and with me most of my classmates, that we would not appreciate the change of teachers. We were accustomed to the teaching style of the previous ones. But after a few months, we noticed that our results improved. ”
The school struggled for years with a shortage of teachers and problems with the school board. Last year, in April, four teachers were fired and the director got stuck in a quandary because two other teachers resigned in solidarity. It was not the first time that the SCS started the school year with an insufficient number of teachers, but this year was the first time that the school lacked six teachers.
The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) had made six million dollars available for hiring and retaining new teachers on the BES islands. In 2016, all schools in the BES have to meet the basic quality of schools in the Netherlands. Now,on Saba, the first results are visible.
Michel Hassell, a student on SCS, says, “The new teachers have more experience with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) exams, so now I think, that the teachers are better than before.”
“Whether students have success in their studies cannot be traced to any particular teacher, but the simple fact that the teachers do not change jobs so quickly anymore, already has a positive effect. We now can complete the courses. The present teachers force us to work harder and as a result the level goes up. ”
Jody gives an example: ” Initially, I was very frustrated because in six months, we barely had time to master the ‘Principles of Accounting’. Previously, this course took three years! But now, we have the impression, that we are well prepared for the exams for all subjects. ”
In August, the results of the exams will be communicated to the students. Hassell wants to go to the United States because there he can study in English.
Neil Wilson wants to America because most of students from Saba to go there. However, because studying in the Netherlands is cheaper, he is still considering to go to the Netherlands.
Morgan has chosen immediately for the Netherlands. “I see more opportunities for myself. I think it’s a great country to explore and there to broaden my horizon. “