Has this child no right in a private school?
The rights of a child whom I know are being violated by three teachers who have passed through the education system in Government schools. These retired teachers who are employed in Private schools have an “air of being above board”.
Parental guidance is not the only aid to a child’s education. We know that the teacher(s) has/have a duty to educate the child to mould him/her to live in a society whereby he/she is fit “to live and live well” in whatever environment he/she finds him/herself.
This is not the case of this child whom I know personally. Certain teachers of the Primary Division of a popular private school are in a habit of castigating this child of a situation which has occurred more than twelve (12) years ago: long before he had been born.
Sad to say they have tongues of vipers; their peers are limited of intelligence. They wouldn’t “let sleeping dogs lie”. These people insist on carrying on a vendetta of obstruction, the course of injustice whereby the child’s rights are violated.
1. This child is hyper-active.
2. This child needs the care and attention of the teacher who takes the place of the parents.
3. This child is thrown out of the class every day for endless hours. Other members can attest to this pattern of behaviour.
4. For no apparent reason this child is told not to associate with his peers.
5. This child is told by the teacher that “she will do whatever it takes to get him out of the school come what may”.
6. The child being disgusted with the harsh treatment has reported the matter to the head of the school personally.
7. The child has been called a “dunce, and an idiot” 8. The Mother, Aunt and Grandmother have spoken to the Director of the Primary Division on several occasions – to no avail. This ill-fated treatment continues.
9. The child has an ocular problem. He doesn’t see the third letter in a word. The opinions of three (3) specialists indicated there is no visual impairment.
10. The teachers were asked from the Preparatory Division to keep the infant at that time, occupied, as he was hyper-active, thus avoiding him being too playful during instructional time for the completion of his work.
With constant harassment of these three (3) teachers the child suffers:
1. Emotionally; he has become aggressive,
2. Psychologically; the pupil fears the teachers and expresses his dislike for one in particular.
3. The child shows abhorrence to some of his peers.
4. Removal of the child is not the only solution to this existing scenario,
5. These teachers see the child as a hindrance to their daily lives.
I ask this open question: Has this child no right in a private school?
Far too many children are abused by certain teachers at this particular private school. This learning institution does not cater for the slower learners.
The child of whom I speak is not a slow learner, but it is obvious not all children are capable of absorbing at the same rate of time, hence; there is disparity.
We also know that teachers are not “Gods”. What we do know that every child, hyper-active or not, has a right to decent treatment from teachers, likewise that of children to teachers.
These three teachers use false accusations against children making their pathways blameless, pleasant and helpful.
Someone has to bell the cat. It’s time for someone to speak out and let the whole of Guyana know what’s cooking in the pot of abusiveness at this school.
In my opinion, abuse is not a part of the curriculum.
I challenge the powers that be of this school in any court of law; that the behaviour of these teachers is an infringement on the “rights of a child”.
(Name and address withheld)