The Problem of Private school’s [Archives:2004/774/Culture]

September 20 2004

By Tammam Al-Barmaki
For the Yemen Times

Private schools were established after the revolution and have been increasing ever since, but there is a question: “What are the advantages of these schools?” Firstly, although the number of students per class is often fewer and they often possess facilities such as libraries, computer laboratories, and other laboratories, are these useful if there is inadequate education? Why did we not say no to private schools? Nowadays there are many schools in the same city; sometimes there are schools beside one another. Also there are many poorly qualified teachers, some of whom did not have any previous experience in teaching – unlike public schools. Also some of these teachers teach subjects different to their specialist areas but if a teacher in a Private school is good at a subject like Maths, Chemistry or biology etc. he will be quickly promoted. However, the teacher should deserve this promotion on the basis that no one else more able for the position can be selected.
We note that these days many buildings which have been turned into schools seem like shops; these schools are only built in order to take money and if this is wrong, we still know lots of such schools. The differences between these schools and free schools are bigger than we believe. For degrees in Private schools, almost all the students succeed because they pay money, but is this a useful thing for them? Of course not, as the proverbs say “As you sow, so will your reap” and “Look before you leap”, naturally this will effect them in their future. We must not forget that the family is primarily responsible for their sons. Parents must choose the best school for their sons to safeguard their future.
How pleasing it is though to see the results of students studies – based on merit – posted on the board, and how happy we are for them. Because the student has now become a man full of enthusiasm for building better life for us and for himself. We offer our congratulations for the student's new status, and we wish him real progress. He was, and still is, an example of ambitious and enthusiastic youth, and he will lessen the heavy material burden borne by his father.