Reflecting on his own formative years as a teacher, Carty made it clear that teachers can make a difference.
“I encourage all of our teachers to try hard to make that difference through your examples of preparedness, kindness, care, love, helpfulness and commitment which you exhibit for our students. I would be among the first to admit that teaching does not carry the same respect and honour as it did in my days. There clearly needs to be a renaissance in this respect,” the Minister stated.
“Nonetheless, I am persuaded in my mind that teachers, by and large, still continue to give excellent service to the profession, and I trust that their examples will be an inspiration to other aspiring educators,” he added.
The former teacher also took the time to address the parents, encouraging them to be more supportive of teachers by showing more interest in their children’s school activities.
“Of course the tasks of the teachers will be made so much easier if parents and guardians would render more support to the school,” Carty said.
“More support by ensuring students are neat and tidy coming to school; more support by making certain that students have all their learning materials – books, pencils, crayons, rulers, rubbers, etc; more support by reviewing their children’s homework; and more support by attending PTA meetings, speech days, health walks, concerts,” he further noted.
The education minister stressed that when parents and guardians are known to be deeply interested in the children’s education, and school life, children will do better.
“They (children) aim to win the love, admiration and support of significant adults in their lives. Parents, please tell children that their performance in school is important and you too should act as if it is important,” the Minister admonished.
Carty was at the time speaking at a handing over ceremony for scholarships presented by parliamentary representative, Dr. Timothy Harris to the four primary schools of Constituency #7.