PHILIPSBURG--National Alliance (NA) leader and former Education Minister Silveria Jacobs shared encouraging messages on Monday to teachers, students and parents on the reopening of school for the new academic year.

In a press release, she encouraged students to do their best and strive for greatness. She stressed the great responsibility that parents have in ensuring their children’s success by urging them to continue to be vigilant and involved in their children’s academic performance.

“Parents should ensure that their children do what they have to do and have all that they need during the schoolyear. They should also maintain a healthy parent-teacher relationship in an effort to stay up to date with their children’s progress. This would allow parents to detect if their children are having difficulties early on, and they can seek timely and efficient assistance,” Jacobs said.

“Teachers are encouraged to continue to do their best at this very significant and rewarding job, as the children look up to them as role models and depend on them to provide some essential tools that they will need in the future.”

Jacobs wishes educators and support staff much success in motivating and encouraging youth to become lifelong learners.

She took note of the fact that St. Maarten Academy is still not to ready be reopened. She also noted that some schoolteachers and students are returning to the same pitiful circumstances as, for example, public schools have not been repaired in the summer as promised. However, Jacobs assured that she will follow up with Minister of Education Wycliffe Smith about these matters.