All the signs have appeared that a Barbados society which not too long ago had well manicured lawns have become overrun with weeds. The news that several people assembled at the District A Magistrates Court this week – some to show support for those accused of the shooting at Gully Hill, Carrington Village on New Years Day – is an ominous sign. A parallel can be made to what transpired on Monday [9/1/2012] to how some Jamaicans reacted during the Dudus Coke affair.
Then there is the temptation to juxtapose what occurred at the Magistrate Courts with the news that a 6-year old impasse between principal Jeff Broomes of the Alexandra School and the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) has flared up. Can anyone guess who is the ‘party’ most affected by what is unfolding? The Children!
At a time when ‘swords’ are being drawn and sides taken in a matter which should have been resolved at a staff meeting so many years ago, what does it tell us? Here is a hint. Barbados is a country which has invested billions of dollars in educating its people and yet our educators are impotent to resolve a disagreement.
What would you say has been the return on the billion dollar investment if we were to judge by the Alexander transaction?