School leavers at Parham Primary almost missed out on one of the biggest days of their lives after the principal decided to cancel graduation.
But thanks to dedicated parents, these students were able to celebrate their achievements.
The parents, banned together after the disappointing news and put all amenities and resources in place to ensure that the outgoing students were allowed to throw their hats up as they transition to the next level of their education.
Senator Rawdon Turner said it was truly inspiring to witness the dedication and determination of these parents in ensuring that the students have the opportunity to celebrate their achievements at such a crucial stage in their young lives.
He also used the opportunity to commend the parents for pooling their resources and organizing a graduation ceremony for the graduating students of Parham Primary School.
“This display of resilience and commitment serves as a shining example to communities across the nation”, he said
Meanwhile, Senator Turner is condemning the decision to cancel the graduation ceremony by the principal and staff of Parham Primary School.
He said not only is it deeply concerning but serves as a demotivation to the hardworking and well-behaved students who would have otherwise been looking forward to this important milestone.
“While it is important to address any instances of rude and disrespectful behavior by a few students, it is fundamentally unfair to punish the entire student body for the actions of a few,” Turner said
Furthermore, he said education plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of our nation, and we must foster an environment that encourages and supports our young minds.
“By canceling the graduation ceremony, we send a troubling message to the students – that their achievements and positive behavior can be overshadowed by the misconduct of others. This notion goes against the principles of fairness, justice, and motivation that should underpin our educational institutions,” he explained
Senator Turner firmly believes that we must protect and nurture the young minds of the future.
“The cancellation of the graduation ceremony undermines the spirit of celebration and accomplishment that is essential for our student’s growth and development. The parents of Parham Primary School took it upon themselves to fill this void and provide a much-needed platform for their children to be recognized and celebrated,” he added