Mandatory Requirement For Students To Clean Toilets At May Pen High School Angers Parent


Principal of the Clarendon-based May Pen High School, Winston Preddie, is admitting that his students are required to clean the school’s toilets.

In an interview with Nationwide News, the headmaster revealed that students are rostered for toilet cleaning duties as part of their training and development.

He says students must learn from early to clean up their own mess.

Our news centre understands that the controversial practice is triggering unrest among some of the school’s stake holders.

A parent whose child attends May Pen High raised concerns about the practice at the school.

The parent has asked to remain anonymous to prevent her child from being victimized or harassed.

Neika Lewis reports.

At May Pen High School in Clarendon, Principal Winston Preddie says grooming and discipline are a major part of what they do.

Cleaning up after making a mess is no exception for students – even the toilets.

He says the rostered duties are often carried out after school’s dismissed and usually lasts for an entire term.

But, he insists the school has been very open with parents about what duties students are expected to perform at the institution.

But a concerned parent says although the duty was outlined in the school’s handbook, it doesn’t pacify her concern.

Neika Lewis is an award-winning journalist with over 7 years of experience across radio, tv and the print media. A CARIMAC alum, Neika copped the Prime Minister’s Youth award for journalism in 2017. Her reporting on a Jamaican pilot incarcerated in Qatar in 2015 led to his release. Neika hunts for human interest stories.

2 thoughts on “Mandatory Requirement For Students To Clean Toilets At May Pen High School Angers Parent

  1. Monique

    This has been apart of our up bring at May Pen High school. We students took great pleasure in cleaning our school restrooms and our parents had no problems with it. This thought us how to be responsible and to keep our surrounding clean. I cleaned those toilet for 5 or 6 years at the institution and that never made me any less of a woman. Why is this parent not upset with social graces which is teaching how to use a knife and fork (Proper Etiquette) or how to speak perfect English language. This institution has not only changed the lives of many students but has molded the values that we live by today. I am forever grateful for the values of life that was thought to me by all the staff of May Pen High even the janitor. We learnt we are no different from the persons cleaning the we had to show respect to every individual no matter who you were or how rich your family was. We were all one. I am very disappointed with this parent for trying to paint a bad picture of the institution. I left the institution 19 years ago and if God’s willing my Son will be attending May Pen High Prep and move straight to the High School. I need him to get the same training I did.

  2. Christopher Green

    I am a past student of the school now for over 20 years and that was the practice then and even before my time.It was something that my parents were made aware of and therefore the decision rest with you the parent if you want your child to be in such environment where they are taught certain life skills…

    I appreciated bathroom duties in my time and fully support the school in continuing the practice. I would say to the parent that it is within your right to disagree with the practice. However, don’t chastise the school for having your child perform a duty that is a requirement for all students. If you are not in agreement I am sure there are other schools that would accommodate your preference.

    Long live May Pen High School and the standards it upholds…
    Proud Past Student


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