Diallo Rabain Statement
Spring clean for school websites
Out-of-date public school websites are to be tackled beginning this spring, the education commission pledged this week.
But Diallo Rabain, the Minister of Education, said that a decision had not been made as to who would be responsible for updates to the sites.
Mr Rabain said that work to transform the ministry’s website would begin in May.
He added: “A second tier of this initiative will deal with individual school websites.”
Mr Rabain said that each school website would have a designated “owner” and that all owners would use the same process and procedures to update the sites.
He explained that current “variances” between the school websites were because “some sites have a designated person to update them and some do not”.
Mr Rabain said that going forward school websites would be updated “on regular intervals with a certain standard”.
He added: “As it stands now, we have individual websites that are out there that some of them are run by schools.
“We just don’t really have an idea how they are being initiated.
“We’re looking to just bring all of that into one standard.”
Mr Rabain said that content for the school websites would be provided by the schools themselves.
But he said it had not been decided who would be tasked with website updates.
Mr Rabain explained: “We haven’t decided if anyone at the school will be doing it or someone within the ministry will be doing it.”
The announcement came after questions were sent to Mr Rabain last week about the state of MoED school websites.
The minister was asked who was responsible for updates to the school websites and what, if any, requirements existed on how often they should be updated.
Mr Rabain was also asked why some websites had been allowed to become outdated and what was being done to have them brought up to date.
A look at several MoED school websites found that many contained old information and little information.
East End Primary School’s website displayed a principal’s message from Idonia Beckles.
But Julie Foggo is the head teacher at the St George’s school.
Mr Beckles is the head teacher at Paget Primary School.
The most recent announcement on the Paget Primary website yesterday was a post about Ms Beckles made in October 2015.
The only post under the Public Documents section of the school’s website was a September 2009 document about on a parent orientation event.
On the Northlands Primary School website, the lone post under the Public Documents section is from May 2008.
A single post under the PTA Documents section of Northlands site was about a parent-teacher association meeting in April 2008.
The TN Tatem Middle School website’s Surveys section showed results from two polls carried out in 2009.
The most recent update under the Public Documents section of the website is a picture of a school picnic posted in July 2015.
The CedarBridge Academy website’s sole post under its Public Documents section provides the course calendar for the 2008-09 school year.
The School Pictures section of the site show a single image posted in June 2015.
• To view Diallo Rabain’s full statement, click on the PDF link under “Related Media”
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