Bodden Town East incumbent Dwayne Seymour said the key to improving the Cayman Islands education system is for parents to be more involved in their children’s education.
Seymour said he has sent his children to both public and private schools. “Both systems have good merits. The difference at the private schools is not necessarily that the programmes or better; [the parents] are paying more, so they pay more attention,” he said Tuesday.
Seymour participated in the seventh candidate forum hosted by the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce. His opponent Osbourne Bodden declined to attend.
Seymour said parents need to pay more attention and ask their children about their homework and how their day went. “Some children just need to know that they’re loved, and they do better,” he said.
He said, “We need to do our jobs as parents and don’t blame the private or public [schools]. There are good stories out of the two situations.”
The eighth candidates forum hosted by the Chamber takes place Wednesday, 17 March, and features candidates from Bodden Town West. The debates are posted on various media, including the Chamber’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.