Prayer time

2009-03-05 00:00

The decision to cancel the prayer meeting for schools that achieved a poor pass rate in last November’s examinations is a wise one. However, it is perturbing, given the parlous state of education in this province, that such an idea was ever seriously mooted in the first instance.

While the idea itself is harmless enough, the timing of the proposed meeting was extremely ill-considered. Surely it should be self-evident that the last thing a failing school needs is a major disruption to the school day.

An article by Allister Sparks in yesterday’s paper underlines the disastrous consequences of having another angry, failed generation. In light of this it is imperative that schools should be compelled to regard teaching time as sacrosanct and not as an inconvenient ancillary to union meetings, cultural days, leisurely Friday half-days and all the other numerous distractions which seem to disrupt the programmes of the rather too many schools with a dubious work ethic.

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