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In individual sports an athlete may not have met the minimum standard to qualify for an event, but maybe given a chance to participate for a variety reasons, through a process of a wild card. And derivative of the process, the athlete is known as a wild card. More often than not, the athlete fails to make an impact but nonetheless participation had provided invaluable experience.
To qualify as a PPP MP, the requisite qualification is that one must be of limited braincells, which precludes individual thinking. Ever so often, an applicant may present who has no braincells, in which most are rejected. But Priya Manichand, of zero brain cells, was one of the few exceptions. For despite not being of the requisite qualification, she was accepted into PPP MP fold as a wild card. Coincidentally, the teachers were the first to publicised this when they chanted during the protest, “Priya is a wild card.” Strangely this caused offence to many.
And so this PPP wild card has been allowed run havoc on our teachers and children. She locked school doors for over 18+ months, education denying our children. She delivered the worse exam performance ever, dating back to Adam failing God’s oral examination. She prognosticated that Covid-19 will be long gone by September 2021. She argued that schools were not safe to be reopened in September 2020 when Covid-19 registered 5 deaths on average per month but safe to be reopened in September 2021 with 8o deaths on average per month. Most certainly, this Priya Wild Card is with unusual logics.
Further, with no scientific evidence to inform her decision process, she is reopening schools full blast with no preparation, on 3rd Jan simply because she tired of distancing. A simple google research would have revealed that there is a variant known as Omicron which is devastating children around the world with record hospital admissions. We will take it that Priya the wild card is unaware of that.
But this PPP wild card is of impulsive brainless acts. I’m not too sure what transpires at nights but at morning this PPP wild card is of full foolish energy. Last week was no exception, being one week away from 2022, this PPP wild in full feral mode, states that all teachers have to be licensed in 2022. A smart teacher suggested that the good lady have a glass of ice water to calm down but this PPP wild card would have none of it.
Mr. Editor, in a civilise Soviet of no feral wild cards, such matters are carefully thought through. There would be consultations with teachers and Parents. There will be public education on the process. There will be discussions with countries that have had such a successful licensing. There would be first hand observation of the process. There will be setting of standards and code of practices to guide teachers’ appraisal which informs licensing. There will be discussion of funding and fees. There would be discussion of established Professional Development plans of teachers which will need funding. There will be training of teachers for development of Professional Development Plans. There will be a standardised form for the process, preferably digital. There will be discussion of processes for delay eg teacher on maternity leave. There would be a pilot scheme. And much more. This is not a spur of the moment wish washy process. This requires some number of braincells.
But Mr. Editor this most important. I’ve written ad nauseam of the victimisation when I had to be registered as a junior doctor. I’ve always been forthright since childhood and working at GPHC was no exception. As a result, the PPP aligned medical Council refused to register me until my boss intervened by defending me as a brilliant young doctor who just happens to be forthright. And this is the concern I have for our teachers. The Bar Association is PPP politicised. The Medical Council is PPP politicised. The Teaching Licensing Council is likely to be PPP politicised, used as a whip to silence our teachers. Who can forget during the recent teaching protest, PPP removed scholarships allocation from under GTU? One has to be a fool to believe otherwise. And for this reason I do not support it unless there are safeguards to protect our teachers. And by the way, Priya is a wild card has to change her feral ways.
Dr. Mark Devonish