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On Tuesday morning I woke up
baked a whole salmon, boiled sweet
potatoes and plaintains, scrambled
eggs, packed the baby s bag for day-
care, packed lunch for me and the
hubby, ensured the other kids were
fed, whirred up a smoothie and
pulled myself together for a day of
feeling pretty pleased with myself for
getting through another morning.
And every day I wonder why I am
not greeted at the office door with a
bouquet of flowers, a tiara and one of
those large paper cheques that Pub-
lisher s Clearing House shows up at
people s doors with.
I think that every day I deserve a
prize for making sure the family unit
is watered, fed and deposited at their
respective places of interest intact.
I am pretty sure I am not the only
parent who feels this way. When you
have kids, peaceful, calm mornings
just don t exist and just remembering
to put on deodorant before leaving
the house is a big achievement.
My co-worker says I am a super-
mom and wonder how I do it. How
do I do it? With a lot of prayers,
fussing, and sweating.
My mornings actually go pretty
smoothly until breakfast. After that
it s a race between time and my
nerves. Many times, my nerves lose.
I think my children actually wake
up once they ve eaten and then they
act like it s the first day they have to
get ready for school. Ever. In life.
Practically every day I have to
remind the six-year-old that after
breakfast there is a routine. Brush
your teeth, put on your shirt, get
your socks and put on your shoe.
Everyday. Yet every day after break-
fast, I find him building his lego
empire, seemingly unaware that he
has to go to school. Almost every day
he has to be reminded to get his bag
and lunch kit and yes, there have
been days when he opens the car
trunk in the school yard, only to
realise he forgot one or the other at
The older one is a little better but
many times, he, too, has to be
reminded to look for socks, or clean
his shoe. It s like they have no mem-
ory of getting ready for school the
days or weeks before.
As for the baby? Well on Tuesday
morning, after he had his bottle, I
had to play the where did you put
the bottle game until I got fed up,
rebuked the devil and enlisted hubby
in the search.
He found it eventually, under the
playpen where I swore I searched.
Funnily, as hectic as
my mornings get, I am
always prepared for it.
I wake up in warrior
mode. Maybe it s
because I am a morning
person and that s when I
have lots of energy.
In the evenings, how-
ever, I want no prize,
just my bed and a thick
blanket. To steal a phrase
from a former colleague, in the
evenings I become a dry husk. I
hit the proverbial "Mummy Wall",
that point at which you just
cannot wring anymore energy
out of your tired bones to even
My kids, however, despite their
long, activity filled days, are
always full of energy in the
evenings. So when I just want to
put my feet up and enjoy a cup
of tea, they are running, playing
football in the house, practicing
karate or arguing, as they often
do.It s only when they are all in bed
do I allow myself to truly exhale
and savour the quiet before I start
prepping for the next day, when I
have to get up and do it all over
Maybe one day, I ll get that tiara.
In fairness, all children who have re-
ceived over 80% to 90% of marks in the
SEA examinations should automatically
get their first choice secondary school.
Zoning very bright children to schools
near their homes, especially in low in-
come areas, can be viewed as a type of
social engineering. Hoping that a gifted
child will make a difference to an under-
performing school is especially unfair.
The acute disappointment in seeing per-
sons with less marks getting their first
choice is easily mental cruelty in the ex-
We already do not have sufficient
supporting services in place in schools to
deal with difficult/ mentally disturbed
pupils. It is unfair of the Ministry to play
dolly house social engineering at this
point in time. The calibre of the Head
Master/Mistress and teaching staff of
underperforming secondary schools will
have to be addressed before 'planting'
bright children in schools with consis-
tently poor A level results.
If upon checking it is discovered that
the sons and daughters of the support-
ers of the ruling government (regardless
of distance from home to school) all got
their schools of first choice, crapaud
smoke the pipe of the Minister of Educa-
tion. Much unpopular experimenting has
already gone into the restructuring of
the SEA examination. Why court more
trouble? Theoretically, there is no dis-
tance too far to travel to your first choice
school. There are always pitfalls that can
occur when playing God, even when the
action is for the noblest of reasons.
Please, have a heart for all concerned in
this general election year.
The PM's request that principals of
schools that do well in the SEA should
share their strategies with other schools
is not necessary. All that principals need
to do, as those prestigious primary
schools do, is disregard the Ministry's re-
quirement for enrolment: five years old
and you live in the catchment area.
These principals start the early hunt for
glory by giving an academic test to
cream off the bright ones. Then they in-
sist that both father and mother attend
the interview. Priority is given to
monthly-paid parents and the more
prestigious their jobs the greater is the
certainty of their child's acceptance.
These prestigious schools only take in
what they consider as smart children
from stable homes which of course can
meet their constant need for big money
to run their schools.
The key to successfully navigating SEA
I deserve a medal---and a crown
A NEW PARENTING COLUMN BY LAURA DOWRICH-PHILLIPS
WOMAN AND CHILD
Playing God with SEA
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