Importance of discipline in education stressed
--at Tutorial's sixtieth
by Oscar P Clarke
October 29, 1999
Retired High Court judge, Oslen A.F. Small, yesterday proclaimed discipline the yardstick for the pursuit of educational development, while officiating at the sixtieth anniversary celebrations of his alma mater Tutorial High School.
He was addressing a gathering of past and present students and teachers of the institution and special invitees who had turned out to pay homage to the pioneers behind its creation, Austin Cosmos 'Boops' Castello and to a lesser extent his brother Joseph Waterton 'Tookie' Castello.
Small in his description of the school's founder Austin called him "a man of great intensity" whose contribution to the enhancement of education locally along with his brother is unsurpassed. Teaching, he remarked, was indeed a delight for them since they were not in it for the money's sake but rather sought to transmit a sense of character to their charges.
The Castellos were elegant personalities both in dress and manner who insisted on correctness in the use of language which was a pre-requisite when approaching them, Small said.
He stressed that discipline was the singular most important aspect of their lives. They insisted on good behaviour both in and out of school and believed firmly in the requirement that "discipline be a little cruel so that it could be kind in years to come."
"Austin and Joe," Small said, gave him "the art of living," while crediting his parents with giving him life.
He urged the present students of the school to seek higher learning and not allow complacency to get the better of them.
Small, who is also a pastor of the Congregational Church, added that "the end of all learning is to know God".
Mentioning that the situation as regards narcotics in Guyana both in use and for trafficking was a matter of grave concern, Small cautioned the young ones to avoid "that dangerous society", which had the power to render their learning meaningless.
There were two types of education, the legal luminary said, the first was "how to make a living" and the other was "how to live". The first aspect, Small said, they were currently receiving and the next stage was when they left that institution.
Advising the staff Small urged a continued striving for excellence despite "jabs from the press". Earlier, the institution's head, Jameer Baksh, tracing its history, noted that it was formed specifically to provide secondary education for the masses at a cost of $2 per month. Scholarships were also offered to many who were unable to meet the fees but demonstrated academic prowess. The school had occupied a number of locations starting with 17 North Road and finally settling at its present Woolford Avenue site.
During this time, Baksh said, many outstanding citizens the likes of Denis Williams, Jacob Bynoe and Stanley Moore, SC, had graced its corridors.
Also participating in the anniversary programme were long-time educators Archibald Moore A.A and Thomas Anson Sancho who is also a trade unionist and former teacher at Tutorial. They chronicled the life of Austin and Joseph with who they were closely associated during various periods. Both Moore and Sancho spoke of their devotion to secondary education and the humbleness which decorated their upbringing. Sancho even ventured into a avenue of intimacy when looking at Joe with whom he formed a bonding relation.
Poetic and musical renditions by present and former students and a member of the teaching staff, Ras Marcus, formed part of the extended programme which included the unveiling of portraits of the Castellos.
The programme was chaired by a member of the teaching staff Wayne Job.
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