Submitted by Anthony Davis
YOU MAY NOT LIKE me but work with me for the good of education,” said Minister of Education Ronald Jones… I don’t have to like you at all (but) I will work with you. But he declared:
“But if you want to fight me and I get vex, I am going to fight you in a way like you have never been fought – SUNDAY SUN 30 August, 2015
My, my, my!
What vitriol coming from our Minister of Education!
Pray tell me, Mr. Minister what is all of the invective about?
I have noticed a high increase of antipathy to unions in the operations of this Government – and especially from its ministers – and this does not augur well for our country. You are supposed to set an example for the students, but all you have done is exacerbate the situation between yourself and the teachers. The students will see it as exactly what it is – their type of behaviour coming from the mouth of the Minister of Education. How do you want to start “a new relationship with teacher organizations built upon honesty, built upon trust . . .” when you come out like the Bismarck with all guns blazing?
Don’t you think that your “adversaries” will shoot back?
Or do you expect them to raise their hands and surrender meekly?
It seems that all you wanted to do was to impress your boss!
But, in so doing you have put your foot deep into your mouth.
He has heard you, now all you have to do is to apologize to the teacher unions, the teachers, and the rest of this country!
Your speech is exactly the opposite of that which you should be making, seeing the amount of violent acts which have been perpetrated by young people in recent weeks. Yours should have been a calming one, not one made to try to make the unions bow to your whims and fancies.
We also have James Paul blaming the teachers for the deviant behaviour of the young people.
Where are their parents/guardians?
Massa day done – no matter what Massa looks like!
I think that you and the rest of this Government should stop trying to get rid of the unions, because it will not happen and they have the right to look after their constituents in the best way they can, which you, this “people-centred Government”, should also be doing.
I don’t expect you or anyone from this Government to apologize for anything, because you are all in stand-your-ground mode and, seeing that the Pope has said that he is not infallible, you have all taken over his role in that matter.
A soft answer turneth away wrath, Mr. Minister of Education.