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School teachers will return to their posts in Stoelmanseiland and Abenaston

A few hundred children in the villages of Stoelmanseiland and Abenaston will finally be able to return to school next Monday, February 8th, after their respective two schools were abandoned by teachers some weeks ago.

Maroon children (photo by Suus, http://www.suusinsuriname.blogspot.com)

The primary school in Abenaston did not re-open after the Christmas break because teachers refused to return to their posts in the wake of burglaries that happened while the teachers were away from Abenaston for the holidays. The teachers demanded improved security measures to prevent reoccurrence of the incidents. In light of government promises to this end, the teachers have now agreed to re-open classes.
The other school, in Stoelmanseiland, failed to re-open after the recent Christmas break when its principal, Vivian Samson, did not return from her vacation. The government authority for education in the interior, Bureau Onderwijs Binnenland (BOB), claims that Samson has deserted her duties without giving any notice. The other four teachers have no authority to open the school, which is why the doors remained shut all this time. A teacher explains: “We did not mention Samson’s absence any sooner, because we thought she’d be back eventually. It is not unusual for her to show up days or weeks after classes should officially commence.”

The school in Stoelmanseiland normally holds 300 children – aged four to twelve – and 5 teachers, including the principal.

Source: De Ware Tijd online

6 comments on “School teachers will return to their posts in Stoelmanseiland and Abenaston

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  2. Maggie Schmeitz
    March 22, 2010

    Just to inform you that up till today, school has not started in Stoelmanseiland…

  3. AK
    February 3, 2010

    Hi Maggie,

    Thanks for your comment.
    Unfortunately, Ms Samson has not yet issued a personal statement. As soon as she does, I’ll be sure to post it.


    • Maggie Schmeitz
      February 28, 2010

      thank you Anouska. Thanks for providing a huge service to all internationals in Suriname, I am recommending Abeng to all of them!

      • AK
        February 28, 2010

        Thanks Maggie! Much obliged.
        I’m blushing here 🙂

  4. Maggie Schmeitz
    February 3, 2010

    I have known Ms. Samson for years as a role model for teachers in the interior. She has gained recognition for 100 percent passing rates of the 6thgrade (twice as high as the national average) and was always willing to invest in children outside of school hours. There has been an unfortunate incident which made her decide to leave Stoelmanseiland, which is bad enough. I do not think itis necessary to make things worse by publishing unverified gossip. I am very sorry to see her leave her school and wish her all the best in her future career. Nanga lespeki, Maggie Schmeitz

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