The District Superintendent’s words were eloquent and to the point when she spoke at S.C. Bootle High School this month.
“Education is an inalienable right in The Bahamas and many countries of the world,” Education District Superintendent Dr. Lenora Black stated. “The Government of The Bahamas expects the profile of a graduate of the Bahamian education system in the 21st century to possess relevant knowledge in core subjects.”
“Graduates are expected to think critically and show initiative; demonstrate creativity and innovation; communicate effectively and collaborate willingly; demonstrate flexibility and adaptability; utilize social and cross cultural skills; work productively and diligently; interact effectively with persons from lands near and far; guide and inspire others to do their best; act responsibly for the benefit of the wider community; and, to demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior at all times.”
Dr. Black pointed out that each school throughout The Bahamas operates with a code of conduct. When students step outside the code of conduct, they are met with consequences.
S.C. Bootle Principal, Huel Moss, noted that students were further encouraged to make good on their opportunity for quality education that will enable them to have the necessary skills, thoughts and attitudes that will make them viable to work in a democratic society anywhere in the world.
Additionally, students were instructed to dream big and dream in color; to let the future that they seek guide and inspire others; to do their best; to act responsibly; and to demonstrate fairness.
“It is the passionate desire of the [Department of Education’s] Abaco District Office in collaboration with the school’s administration team for students that enter the gates in Grade Seven to complete with all of the above and more at graduation,” Dr. Black said.
Administrative and support staff, teachers, and the wider community were encouraged to continue working towards this end bearing in mind that “some wrongs can be righted, but the wrongs cannot be continuous.”
“Enough is enough!” she concluded.