Parent's Review of British School of Lome - TOGO in
Lome, Trinidad & Tobago
What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)
British School of Lome - TOGO
In what town or city is this school located?
How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)
What grade levels are represented at this school?
Creche - IB
How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Facilities - marginal - used to be a shopping center. extracurricular - loads, really great. Chess, soccer, table tennis, cooking, swimming, art, dance
What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home
country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?
Good pyp, myp, in process; ib now. no progs for repatriation.
How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
Keep your options open. Fiscal mismanagement. Teachers unpaid at times, may strike or walk out. Seems to happen annually in spring.
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Large staff turnover. 50% leaving this year!!!
Report is a bit outdated.
Fiscal management has improved, but the basic problem with the school is that it survives in a bubble excluded from reality in Togo - and as a matter of fact from most of the modern world.
Teachers attempt to discipline students with all sort of measures based on a dark school philosophy from the Fifties' Britain.
At the same time teachers and other staff do not hesitate to engage in questionable private activities, such as binge drinking in various groups during weekends, and not only that. We as parents have witnessed all sorts of drugs being used during these wild parties.
The school punishes their students for considerably less bad behaviour than this, e.g. having the "wrong" hair cut or having polished their shoes with the "wrong" shoe shine.
There is no community feeling being developed around the school. Parents are only supposed to leave their "product", their children, at the gate, and then shut up. Any inquiry risks being considered as criticism, and that is the only scenario in which the school staff seems to get their acts together.
New headmaster has absolutely no vision for the school except for posing as a very important, yes, headmaster. Don't question that man! He can be extremely vicious.
Living in its bubble the school creates its own internal reality that is mainly characterized by back-stabbing and gossiping and even stigmatizing both students, parents and colleagues.
As a parent: Avoid the school. There is no coherence, no outreach to the modern world. It's more like a concentration camp run by a stuck-up American and Brits that find it their natural right to humiliate you or your kids if we dare question them.
There are other good options in neighbouring countries.
Togo in Lomo. Isn't this in Africa? I don't think this belongs to this thread. ???