Primary school principals are committing an act of discrimination by including certain questions related to ethnicity and income on their entrance forms.
This is according to Minister of Education Anthony Garcia. He had been speaking during a welcome ceremony for eight new school supervisors at the Ministry of Education on Wednesday.
The minister said some primary school applications require parents to list their income and ethnicity, which should not be included in the criteria for entry into a school.
He stated that these questions were apparently asked so that principals could pick and choose which children to admit.
Garcia also slammed teachers in the primary school system who he said place too much emphasis on testing and not enough on proper and effective teaching.
He said there are children in secondary schools that have left the primary school system still unable to read or write properly.
He urged the new school supervisors to also assist in this area to promote proper teaching in schools.