President of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Dr Walton Small says the number of female PE teachers in schools should not be blamed for the decline of West Indies Cricket. Dr Small was responding to a statement made by Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron, in an article published by the Jamaica Gleaner early last week, which implied that the poor results in West Indies cricket was due to too many female PE teachers teaching the game.
Cameron also said that most of the female PE teachers quote: “Don't know cricket", end quote. But Dr Small says the female PE teachers are just as qualified as their male counterparts. “I don’t think it has much to do with the fact that they are female coaches because they are as qualified and equipped as the men are; it’s just the opportunities that are there within the schools to allow them to express their craft,” said the ISSA boss.
Dr Small says one of the main issues affecting cricket at the high school level is the high cost associated with the sport. “The issue with cricket is more with the expense. ISSA struggles in looking at a league for the girls. We are struggling to get schools to participate now,” said Dr Small.