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BPTSA to hold information session

Harry Matthie

The Bermuda Parent Teacher Student Association is to host an information session to discuss the formation of parent councils and to outline why the organisation is in legal proceedings with the Ministry of Education.

The session is to take place on Monday, October 5, at CedarBridge Academy cafeteria from 6.30pm.

BPTSA chairman Harry Matthie said in a statement: “Now that the Ministry of Education has concluded their series of meetings on parent councils, the BPTSA would like to invite PTA executives and parents to an information session.

“This meeting is to discuss parent councils and give an outline of why we are in legal proceedings with the ministry.

“This is a very important meeting for all schools to attend.

“It is time for parents to have meaningful participation in the education system. Parents and PTA execs, you now have the opportunity to exercise your rights.

“Nothing of worth is ever given away and we must unite together and demand inclusion in the decision making and policy setting concerning our children’s education.”

The Ministry of Education announced it is giving individual public schools the option to form parent councils either to replace existing PTAs or to work along side PTAs.

The ministry will be legally obliged to consult with councils on certain matters pertaining to the running of schools including budgets decisions and policies designed to improve schools.