6 Μαρ 2016

Και η έκθεση της επιτροπής αξιολόγησης για την Αγγλική Σχολή.. καθυστερεί να δημοσιοποιηθεί…Δεν είναι και κάτι το νέο η μη τήρηση των θεσμών από μερικούς… The English School evaluation by the Independent Schools Inspectorate..hasn’t been circulated even though 4 weeks have passed since it was expected to..it’s probably not a surprise, given the groups and individuals holding power The English School evaluation by the Independent Schools Inspectorate..hasn’t been circulated even though 4 weeks have passed since it was expected to..it’s probably not a surprise, given the groups and individuals holding power, seem to be placing their own interests above those of the School and its community



In these 2011 photos Ms Magda Nicholson protesting against the “not good Governance” of the previous English School Board and calling for its resignation. Attending the meeting were the politicians Averof Neophytou,  Ionas Nikolaou, Stella Kyriakidou, Anastasia Papadopoulou and the bankers Stavros Agrotis and Kyriakos Iakovides. Ms Magda Nicholson was subsequentlty appointed as Chair of the English School Board, by President Anastasiades' Government in 2013 and is currently not releasing the International Evaluation ,Report, which according to information, is damning her governance at the school

How would an independent inspectorate evaluate a Board of Governors which is documented as placing personal interest above the mission of the school?

This was the challenging task faced by international ISI independent Schools Inspectorate[1] which was appointed to carry out an evaluation of the English School Nicosia, the first in its long history. The evaluation process involved a visit of 12 British inspectors from the 23rd to the 30th of November and the participation of parents through a questionnaire that was sent by email.

The proposal for an independent evaluation of the English School was initially proposed by Dr. Costas P. Constantinou, Professor of Science in Education and University of Cyprus Vice Rector, at a 2011 Parents Association (ESPA) Emergency General Meeting. The motion was endorsed by the parents present, in spite of the opposition by the Association’s leadership
[2]. ESPA has long been accused of operating as a bastion for a small but powerful group which is controlling the school, acting as if it is their private estate (φέουδο)[3][4]. These “elite” as the society at large calls them, , have consistently hindered the modernization of English School and the application of Good Governance processes and procedures.

The current Board of Governors which is Chaired by Ms Magda Nicholson and includes in its ranks ex President of ESPA Paris Christodoulides as well as other ex ESPA Council members, was appointed by President Anastasiades Government, with the pledge that the best were selected .. “Αριστoι των Αρίστων”. However they turned out to be far from excellent, bearing negative effect on the Governance and management of the school.[5]

This is the challenging situation with which the Independent Inspectors were faced and remains to be seen which (if any) of the following problems, as identified by parents and teachers over the last few years, have been detected.


·         A Board of Governors that voted to admit their own children to the English School without having to pass the entrance examinations.


·         A BoG which fails to address the huge problem of private tutoring, which bears negatively on the finances of the parents but also on the welfare of the students.

A BoG which is violating the ES rules on private lessons, when it comes to their own children?


·         A BoG whose members are meddling in the school timetabling processes, pressuring staff in order to get their own children in the classes of particular teachers?

·         A BoG whose members are using parents’ money to extend contracts to personal friends and acquaintances and also to file legal court cases that are unrelated to the mission of the ES.

·         A BoG whose Chair has authorized events, which have jeopardized the safety of ES students, in violation of the ES rules.

A BoG whose Chair claims that the English School falls in the sphere of the private section in order for the Board to avoid auditing by the Auditor General, and then that it falls in the sphere of the public sector in order for the Board to silence any "annoying" voices (in this case The English School PTA) calling for transparency and auditing of the school governance. 



·         A BoG which has voted to violate a basic constitutional right of ES teachers.

·         A BoG whose Chair has repeatedly lied to the press and Public Authorities about issues of interest and importance to the ES community.
    
·         A BoG which discussed and approved the commissioning of a private surveillance company to illegally tap school community members?[6]

·         A BoG which is suing the Cyprus Republic for registering The English School Parents and Teachers Association (PTA). 

·         A BoG which through a lawyer requested from a public offices in the Ministry of Interior to reveal the names of the teachers and parents founding members of the PTA.

·         A BoG which has imposed an Apartheid regime at the school, excluding PTA from having its meetings or organizing events at the school and blocking its email from reaching any school email addresses.

·         A BoG which is refusing to announce to the school community the existing strategic plan, to present an annual report of its activities or to announce audited financial accounts?

·         A BoG which follows accounting and procurement practices which leave room for privileging some potential suppliers over others and do not safeguard best value for money in granting contracts.

·         A BoG which did not respond to the Auditor General’s request for financial information in order to audit the school’s accounts, and instead asked for an exemption.

·         A BoG which violates the human rights of its students, forcing the Commissioner for Administration and Human Rights to issue a damning report and leading to the English School being featured in the 2014 US State Department Report on International Religious Freedom .[7][8]

··         A BoG which organized a leavers dance on a day not convenient to many of its students, who were having the final Alevel on Turkish Laguage examination on that date, thus forcing them to have a separate dance on another date[9].


According to the terms of reference of the ISI evaluation, the School is expected to send a copy of the Inspection Report to all the teachers and current parents of the English School, within 6 term weeks of the inspection. 10 term weeks have elapsed and no sight of the report! The headmaster, answering teachers' inquiries about the delay, said this was due to the report being send back to the Inspectors, because, as he put it, it had mistakes!

Information allegedly originating from the ISI Inspectorate, indicates that the final report was subsequently sent to the school middle of February, yet Ms Magda Nicholson, Chair of Board of Governors, is reported saying that this has not been received yet. Ms Nicholson was responding to questions raised during the commemoration for English School’s founder, Canon Frank Newham, which was held on the 6th of March 2016, under the auspices of Mr. Constandinos Petrides, Under Secretary to the President of the Republic of Cyprus. The English School is a trustee belonging to the entire youth of Cyprus, with the role of the appointment of the School’s Board of Governor assigned to the cabinet of ministers.

The delay in the release of the evaluation report and the events surrounding it, are not surprising for a Board that does not practice good governance. As noted in facebook “the more this drags on, the more it gives rise to unpleasant thoughts about a negative evaluation”. Indeed, as reported in Philelftheros newspaper, there is information that: "the British Inspectors in addition to this possitive evaluation, they also found weaknesses related to the following domains: 1. Governance 2. Management 3. Processes and procedures related to the welfare of the students known as Pastoral Care."






[1] ISI independent Schools Inspectorate  http://www.isi.net/

[2] Αγγλική Σχολή: μια ανασκόπηση του ιστορικού της πορείας προς την τελική έκθεση Αξιολόγησης η οποία αναμένεται τώρα (έστω και αν ξεκίνησε από μια λογοκριμένη συνέλευση)

http://2ha-cy.blogspot.com.cy/2016/01/pastoral-care-nti-bullying.html

[3] Ακόμα μια χαμένη ευκαιρία στη Αγγλική Σχολή: καλούν τους τουρκοκύπριους στην Συνέλευση Συνδέσμου Γονέων στον όποιο κυριαρχούν οι ελληνοκύπριοι και μετά τους αποκλείουν από την εκλογή με υπόγεια λίστα με μόνο ελληνοκύπριους υποψηφίους..

http://2ha-cy.blogspot.com.cy/2015/11/blog-post_57.html

[4] Η εκλογή τουρκοκύπριου προέδρου του Μαθητικού Συμβουλίου στην Αγγλική Σχολή: μια μαθητική εξέγερση ενάντια στην ποδηγέτηση και τα εθνικά κλισέ ή και μια ηγεμονική μετατόπιση;

http://2ha-cy.blogspot.com.cy/2015/04/blog-post_2.html
[5] Οι μαθητές/τριες μπορούν - η κυβέρνηση μπορεί; Η έκθεση του G. Gamble για τα προβλήματα «κακής διακυβέρνησης» στην Αγγλική Σχολή [τα προβλήματα της «έλλειψης διαφάνειας», «νεποτισμού» κ.α. από ένα Συμβούλιο που επιμένει να πολεμά σε λάθος μάχες]
http://2ha-cy.blogspot.com.cy/2015/05/g-gamble.html
[6] Λείπει ο Μάρτης που την σαρακοστή; [το κύκλωμα παρακολούθησης (της ΚΥΠ μήπως?) απλωνόταν με ευκολία στην Αγγλική Σχολή και οι καταγγελίες ακόμα προσπαθούν να φτάσουν στον κ.Αναστασιάδη]
http://2ha-cy.blogspot.com.cy/2015/07/blog-post_28.html
[7] Υπάρχει ισονομία ή μερικοί κατασκευάζουν παρακράτος; Διακρίσεις στην Αγγλική Σχολή, ενάντια σε νομικές αποφάσεις http://2ha-cy.blogspot.com.cy/2013/09/blog-post_9786.html
[8] 2014 US State Department Report on International Religious Freedom http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/2014/eur/238368.htm
[9] Άλλη μια θλιβερή εξέλιξη για την Αγγλική Σχολή
http://2ha-cy.blogspot.com.cy/2015/05/blog-post_17.html

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