Schools to compete for title ‘Best School Ombudsman’ | THE DAILY HERALD

PHILIPSBURG–Academic high schools in St. Maarten will be competing to earn the title of “Best School Ombudsman” in a new project that the Bureau of the Ombudsman has embarked on.

The project entitled “The Best School Ombudsman,” seeks to involve high school students in the pre-exam and exam classes in the role of the Ombudsman and to bring greater awareness of the function as well as the institution of the Ombudsman.

As part of the initiative, weekly consultation sessions will be held at the various schools. The sessions will be open to students, teachers and parents of each participating school. While the students will be able to register the concerns of their peers, the actual complaints will be referred to Bureau Ombudsman, it was stated in a press release issued over the weekend. The Bureau will have feedback sessions once weekly with students between August 15 and October 15.

High schools that will be participating are Milton Peters College HAVO/VWO; St. Dominic High School; Methodist Agogic Center Comprehensive Secondary Education (MAC-CSE) and St. Maarten Academy (Academic).

Students selected by their respective schools have gone through several training sessions during the months of May to June, to prepare them for their role. “The Bureau is pleased with the cooperation and enthusiasm of the schools and chosen students. Students will assume their role as Ombudsman from August 15 to October 15, at their respective schools.

The project will culminate on October 26, with presentations given by the students during the Ombudsman’s annual Open House. Students will be judged on participation in the project, quality of presentation and presentation skills and understanding of the role of the Ombudsman.

One school will emerge as the best school Ombudsman, however, all students will receive tokens of appreciation for their participation.

The Bureau Ombudsman wished all participating students and schools much success as they carry out their role as School Ombudsmen, and thanks the management of the schools for their cooperation.

Source: The Daily Herald