Parent Peter Cordingley takes a look at a previous article published in the local press supportive of the Board.


From: "Cordingley, Mr Peter \(WPRO\)"
To: info@ismstakeholders.com
Date: 06 Sep 2006, 01:32:15 PM
Subject: Tnen and now

Tnen and now

Dear webmaster and all

I have been looking at a letter that a certain Carolyn Pullen wrote to the Manila Times newspaper on June 27 this year, attacking the administration of David Toze and defending the ambitions of the group of board members who had just been elected and who have now gone on to push the school to the very brink of crisis.

I trust that Ms Pullen and those who put her up to making such a wretched stooge of herself in the way she did are now blushing with shame. A random selection of some of the things she wrote:

“. . . stakeholders [are] frantic to improve the education of their children and to encourage transparency and accountability in this institution.”

Precisely the opposite has happened. Our children’s futures have been thrown into deep jeopardy by the attempted coup that culminated this week with the removal of Mr Toze. Things have now reached a point that children starting off on the most important period in their school life do not even known whether they will have teachers to teach them or colleges to go to at the end of the year.

Transparency and accountability? The plotters have been underhand in everything they have done since they assumed power, undermining the authority of the superintendent, manoeuvring behind the backs of the faculty heads, intimidating teachers behind closed doors and never once explaining their actions or meeting with the school community. Today, we still await an explanation not only of why they have done what they have done but of their hopes for the school, beyond broad banalities and Ms Pullen’s warning in her letter that the old administration was “about to get its comeuppance”.

“The truth is that the ISM has been "in trouble" for some time. In fact, its deeply rooted problems (and, indeed, its dirty laundry) have publicly and frequently aired in the papers as well as in Philippine courts.”

Never has the school been in as much trouble as it is this week. And never has media interest been as intense as it is now. International correspondents are now moving in on the story. Before the end of the week, the ugly impact of the plotters’ work on the reputation of this fine institution of ours will be known in all the major cities of the region and beyond. The consequences for the school will be incalculable.

“The present administration would do well to listen to the overwhelming majority of parents or ISM stakeholders who are not at all happy with the imperious and dogmatic approach with which the administration chooses to run the school.”

I wonder what words Ms Pullen would now use, other than “imperious and dogmatic”, to describe the shameful frogmarching of the superintendent from the premises, the shutting down of the teachers’ email accounts and the refusal, in the face of repeated requests from across the whole spectrum of the school community, to abandon strong-arm tactics and talk?

Perhaps Ms Pullen would like to share her thoughts.

[The full text of Ms Pullen's letter can be found at http://ismanila.blogspot.com/2006/06/carolyn-pullens-response.html]