Editorial

Same Ole Song And Dance

Same Ole Song And Dance

We sincerely thought that the current economic climate would have resulted in stricter regulations on wastage of taxpayers’ money by government agencies. Or that public reaction to previous blunders would be a cue to ministries to avoid similar repeats. But we were wrong about them. Maybe naive to a point for expecting change but wrong nevertheless in our estimation of government’s ability to squander money that does not belong to them.

You may recall late last year, a video of dancing and singing policemen and other members of the protective services trying to convince the public that they had their backs. Other than being an utter failure at reassuring anyone of their safety, the video must have cost taxpayers thousands at a time when money is tight. Criticism was harsh but fair as the country exclaimed that it didn’t want dancing police but working police. Besides, it was the wrong approach at reassuring the public of anything.

Cut to earlier this week and we were appalled once more to see the Ministry of Education making the same dim-witted mistake in an attempt to get a few teachers and students especially to go to school on Ash Wednesday. A video of a man rapping that education was more important than fete. We were truly disappointed that the Education Ministry especially, would even consider such an immature and ineffective tactic to grab the attention of delinquents. Firstly, a rap song that is lyrically poor or otherwise is going to be ignored and ridiculed and secondly, there is no real urgency placed on anyone, including parents and guardians, to get up on Ash Wednesday and get their kids to school. So what’s the use in all of this silly song and dance?

It may be prudent of the Education Ministry to first assess who they are appealing to. Who exactly are the delinquent students and teachers? Do they respond to a song appealing for compliance or a serious threat? Maybe if  money was deducted from a pay cheque of the few offending teachers or maybe if marks toward exams were lost for nonattendance on Ash Wednesday there would be a greater appreciation of what the Ministry was trying to achieve. Similar to dealing with trade unions, it appears that the big stick approach may be the only effective solution to habitual absenteeism from school.

That being said, the more pressing issue that could shed light all of these problems needs to be examined. That is, the issue of mixed signals being sent. Here we are, about 3 centuries into celebrating Carnival and no one is ballsy enough is declare Monday and Tuesday public holidays. So, we have everyone freely skipping work and class from schools, banks, private businesses, government agencies, everywhere, jumping in a band for 2 days when they’re supposed to be at work? Then on Ash Wednesday we want all teachers and students to go to school? Why should the ministry be taken seriously?

Web Master

February 9th, 2018

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