Parents use Facebook to push for better secondary schools
Monday 9th September 2013, 11:00AM BST.
CONCERNED parents have joined forces online in an attempt to get Education to do something about the island’s ‘failing’ secondary schools.
A Facebook group – Save Our Secondary Schools – has attracted around 200 members with many calling for tougher action to help students.
Bridget Aegerter, a mum-of-two, pictured, set up the group after the percentage of students at La Mare de Carteret High getting the ‘gold standard’ A* to C grades in their GCSEs, including English and maths, fell from 42% in 2012 to 23% this year. Grades were also down on last year at St Sampson’s and Les Beaucamps.
‘I, like many other parents, am increasingly concerned at the under-performance of Guernsey’s secondary schools. Based on UK guidelines, every one of our secondary schools is a “failing school”,’ she said.
‘There has been no end of excuses for this under-performance – housing licences, the closure of St Peter Port School, social problems, under-funding, poor discipline, sub-standard premises and most recently the shake-up in GCSE marking.
‘The time has come to stop accepting these excuses and to face reality.’