PTA conferences this week amid talk of more parental accountability

Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

Guam Department of Education (GDOE) schools are holding Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTC) this week for elementary, middle and high school students.

Tomorrow, Oct. 23, the PTC conferences will be for middle schools. The following day, Oct. 24, the PTC will be for high schools (except Southern High School and J.P Torres Success Academy).

There will be no classes on the days each school is scheduled to have PTC.

According to GDOE, the conferences provide an opportunity for parents to meet with teachers, discuss each child’s progress, as well as to discuss ways to meet each child’s unique educational needs.

The PTC Conferences this week are expected to be more substantive than usual amid talks of more parental involvement and accountability for their children’s performance in school.

Earlier, GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said GDOE is planning to have closer interaction with the parents of students, especially the parents of who cause trouble in their schools.

Fernandez said the parents should be more involved. “We have to be working hand in hand with them,” he said.

There has been a spate of violent incidents in the island’s public schools lately , including rioting and the discovery of dangerous weapons.

Even the chairman of the Guam Education Board has been calling for more to be done with regard to student troublemakers.

GEB Chairman Mark Mendiola said he supports a bill being drafted by Vice Speaker Telena Nelson, the education committee oversight chair, pertaining to parental accountability for problem students.

Mendiola told the Patti Arroyo show on NewsTalk K-57 that he also wants to charge parents of students who cause destruction to school property by garnishing their refunds and remitting these to the Guam Department of Education in order to recover costs from vandalism.

“If their child misbehaves in school, that could be one way of holding them accountable,” Mendiola said.