Education (Amdt.) (No. 2) Bill
Tuesday, May 02, 2000
[SEN. PROF. RAMCHAND]
the arranging of the approval of such special leave to teachers as may be granted;
arranging for the approval of school holidays considering and assessing the confidential reports of teachers.”
So in the government schools the school supervisor became the dogsbody taking the place of committees of management. This was bound to produce tiredness and inefficiency, but I think that it was done in the interest of some kind of central control.
Now mind you, Mr. President, this is the kind of catch in it: if a committee of management had been appointed, you would still have the supervisor to deal with, but in the government schools you do not have a committee of management, you just have the supervisor. But supervisors operate in all schools, whether they are assisted or government. So the assisted schools have the advantage of a board, plus the liaison of the supervisor.
So if you want to find out why the assisted schools stand a better chance, they have more manpower; they have their boards plus the school supervisor. The government schools have no committee of management; they just have the supervisor, in addition to a measure of devolution, getting funds and so forth.
In the structure of management with respect to all the public schools, government or assisted, the principal’s duties are spelt out, and may be summarized as the day-to-day running of the school. For denominational schools you have the principal, the board and the school supervisor. For the Government school, you have the principal and the school supervisor.
Also within the Act, there is provision for the appointment of a national advisory council on education, a macro body. But the same Act which allows us to have educational divisions says that you can have local advisory councils. These were never established. So there is the Act giving a good structure: principal, committee of management; school supervisor; local advisory council, and then you have the national advisory council to which you can relate. The Act is giving that, but nobody took advantage of that.
They just turned to the poor supervisor—I say poor supervisor. Let me tell you something about supervisors.