By The Star Staff
Education Secretary Yanira Raíces Vega on Wednesday reminded those in charge of students that it is their responsibility to pick up grades on Friday.
“The most important thing this Friday for me is that it is one of those days that dad, mom or the person in charge comes to pick up the report card that is sent to the school and prepare us for this Friday because the schools, the teachers, are already finishing the reports,” Raíces Vega said during a visit with Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia to the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos second unit school in Aguas Buenas. “In addition, the multidisciplinary team can also receive mom and dad or the person in charge to work on socio-emotional issues.”
The Education secretary said her wish is that this year 80% of those in charge will be able to obtain the students’ grade reports, unlike on previous occasions when they were not sent by mail or with the students.
“Well, last time it was at 73 percent -- that hadn’t been seen in Education in years,” she said. “So I’m hoping to get to 80 percent. Not even when they were [required to pick up the grades in person] did it reach 73 percent.”
During the administration of then-Gov. Alejandro García Padilla, going to the schools to pick up report cards became a requirement to avoid referrals to the Family Department. That guideline was eliminated under the next governor, Ricardo Rosselló Nevares.
“I think it’s a matter of the message, to tell mom and dad to encourage them in a positive way that we’re here waiting, that we want to help them, support them in the process of educating their children,” Raíces Vega said. “It’s mom and dad’s responsibility to come. I want to convey a message of exhortation in a positive way, and not be saying that I’m going to be doing this to you, I’m going to take this away from you. So far I have to tell you that 73 percent have responded. I hope to get to 80 percent, and little by little make that culture and keep them informed.