Jeff Broomes Drags Parkinson Secondary School into the Public Eye

The Alexandra Commission of Inquiry headed by retired Justice Frederick Waterman was established by the Prime Minister as a means to resolve the long running conflict between former principal Jeff Broomes and the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU). The Ministry of Education at the conclusion of the Inquiry transferred 18 teachers AND Jeff Broomes who was appointed principal of Parkinson School. Less than two years later Uncle Jeff is at the centre of another dispute at his latest school. It is too early for the fair minded to take sides even if the protagonists are the same.

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91 Comments on “Jeff Broomes Drags Parkinson Secondary School into the Public Eye”

  1. Simple Simon August 23, 2014 at 7:12 AM #

    @Dr. the Honorable “Broomes is trying to maintain a standard that is not appreciated by this [rum-drinking, drunken] mock botsy ; false hair-Remy hair; Cell phone toting, overeating , loud and boisterous , untrained bad-behaved , ignorant crowd”

    Dear Dr. The Honorable: You forgot to add [rum-drinking, drunken] so I put it in for you because I guarantee you that mock botsies, Remy hair, and cell phones cause far less trouble in Barbados than rum drinking and drunkeness.

    I we could only get rid of the rum, the rum sellers, the rum drinkers, the drunks, the drugs, the drug sellers and the drug users Barbados would be a a mock botsie Remy wearing, cell phone using paradise.

    Imagine a place where everybody is in their right mind everyday, where minds are unaffected by rum/alcohol and by drugs.


  2. enuff August 23, 2014 at 8:25 AM #

    Your honour, the argument posited by Dr. The Honourable vindicates my thesis and as such Counsel rests.


  3. Gabriel August 23, 2014 at 9:52 AM #

    It is popular in Barbados,when one’s back is to the wall,to introduce to the argument the fact of one’s upbringing.Broomes did it and I too rest my case.


  4. David August 23, 2014 at 9:59 AM #

    The question – if we had a system of meritocracy in place – would be to judge Broomes’ performance as principal since his appointment to Parkinson. Instead we have the usual emotional rant.


  5. pieceuhderockyeahright August 23, 2014 at 11:29 AM #

    @ David [BU]

    And that is the crux of the matter. with a Public Service Reform whose singular contribution to reform is the change in their logo, without any measuring stick that affords each and every person in and across the public service a marker to show what they have done, we must resort to wishy washy feelings

    I feel that he would mek a good Permanent Secretary and WHAPLAX, jes like dat, BuhKVNT Edison Alleyne is a PS till he eider dead or he retire and will float around the various ministries telling de yung ones whu en whu he gine do wid dem posteriors


  6. Life Changer + August 23, 2014 at 12:34 PM #

    The objective is reaching voters where they are. Content is content and whether you see an ad or video on your iPad, your TV or on your smartphone, it seems the [BU] ‘s job is to get in front of your eyeballs and get your attention. That means looking penetration, and finding targets someplace else.”

    What about what is happening for the youngsters. Perhaps a youth overground site… Might give us all a heads up.


  7. Gabriel August 23, 2014 at 2:36 PM #

    On Thursday night on DLPTV,Minister Jones was addressing a group.I think they were scholarship and exhibition winners.At the head table with Jones were three others,two of whom were listening attentively to the Minister,while the other with the usual shiny,plastered mat on her head,
    was there punching away on a laptop or ipad,oblivious to her surroundings.If a question were asked of her as to what was said she wouldn’t have had a clue.And I am told this woman is a deputy chief education officer.I remember her and her awful moaning but loud voice when she represented the BUT as their president.Some people might be certified but remain uneducated and untrained in etiquette.What would the likes of Rawle Jordan have thought of current appointments to such high office.No wonder we are in trouble.Poor rakey parliament and some poor rakey public officers in key ministries.


  8. Crusoe August 23, 2014 at 3:36 PM #

    David | August 23, 2014 at 9:59 AM | The question – if we had a system of meritocracy in place – would be to judge Broomes’ performance as principal since his appointment to Parkinson.


    Let us have the following, to judge results:

    • a listing , published or available at GIS, of pass rates for CXC and CAPE, by subject, by school. And the percentage of grades 1 etc etc
    • a comparison of pass rates for each school, by subject and level
    • attributed reasons for differences
    • a listing, for each school, of discipline actions, with ratings from 1 to 4 or such, where 1 is say, detentions, etc, 4 being suspension/ expulsion etc.

    This will give an indication of discipline issues

    • a listing for each school, of teacher absence numbers during the year, by term, by subject area (the school will have individual teacher performances).

    Reasons to be include with coding (S-sickness), (V Vacation) (X -no reason).

    This is basic information with which to judge school management performance and the inherent issues in the school.

    Surely this should be available to the public, THAT PAYS FOR THE SCHOOLS??

    Problem is, nowadays no one wants responsibility for anything.


  9. pieceuhderockyeahright August 24, 2014 at 3:57 PM #

    @ Gabriel

    You may be wrong about her scant respect for the Minister of Eduhation’s remarks. (albeit, if she had been ingnoring the clown, i would have commended her)

    Of late, many of those who are assigned to note taking do so by virtue of an IPAd or Cuntputer.

    It would offend a few of us who, being ignorant of the skill and are like me, cannot type a sentence without making 10 mistakes and am now teaching Dragon Dictate Bajan.

    But is is the new styling where people have taken to the practice of typing what is being said, instead of writing with a pencil/pen.

    Or so I would hope, if not I commend the DPS for ignoring the assassin to the English Language We Jonesing while blogging about the foolishness that he always voices.


  10. pieceuhderockyeahright August 24, 2014 at 4:10 PM #

    @ Crusoe.

    As of this moment you have earned yourself a position within the group TWWACS&NTBI.

    They Who would Advocate Common Sense and Need to BE Incarcerated forthwith.

    You actually mean to tell me that, if i were on the School Board at Alexandra’s or Parkinson’s you are advocating a system that I could actually see teacher absences, student performances, and truancy?

    You mean to say that in the even of another incident where Jeff Broomes is accused of trying to do his job as a teacher, that someone at the Ministry of Edukation, like the bungler Ronald WeJonesing cud tek a look at a list pun de cuntputer in he office en see if whu Broomes saying is true?

    Men like wunna so need to get ban from BU and expell from Bulbados fuh dese seditious thoughts!

    De next ting dat you gine be recommending is fuh de Public Sector Reform Office to have someting similar fuh employee metrics en fuh de Electoral Boundaries Commission to have a System dat demands de politrickians to upload dem expenses BEFO de election, one dat integrated wid de bank account and does show whu WeJonesing spend pun he electioneering en ting down tuh de very cent.

    It is peeple like wunna so dat does mek bad fuh Bulbados.

    I kin bet anyting dat you is a Bajan dat di live overseas en dat you is one uh dem dat feel wunna know more bout Bulbados dan we who did heah all we life.

    Whey you life, I gine get we Jonesing tuh gi’ you a visit in de night and brek in you skull and show you who is boss bout heah.

    Wunna too uppity doah, seditionists and anarchists … bullets fuh wunna doah


  11. Cin Cin August 24, 2014 at 4:34 PM #

    We need to assist Broomes and others with the balls like Broomes and stop the criticism.
    We have a young violent drug craved society.
    The funny thing is that some of the older folks are joining them instead of mellowing in their twilight years.


  12. Cin Cin August 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM #

    Next five years or so we will be begging for help against this troubled society.
    No work…
    The have nots terrorizing the haves….
    We hearing daily “we have to eat too”


  13. David August 27, 2014 at 3:38 AM #

    The ministry will meet with concerned teachers from Parkinson next week. Bone of contention, Broomes bringing in temps (did not know principals have the authority to hire temps) and his demand to design the school curriculum to teach subjects during school time and not after hours. We know teaching after hours is big business for teachers.

    What we have is the beginning of AX all over again. BU notes Broomes has indicated his concerns and rising tension at Parkinson was documented in a letter and sent to the ministry of education which according to him has not been acknowledged. God help us!


  14. Bush Tea August 27, 2014 at 8:37 AM #

    @ David
    How many times does Bushie have to tell you that THE problem with education in Barbados is the Ministry of Education?
    Here is a set of clowns whose role is to appoint lackies and yard fowls to too positions, and then to micromanage every aspect of school life such as discipline, time-tables, staff assignments etc….. …with piss poor results.

    Furthermore, THERE IS NO PUBLIC REPORTING OF RESULTS, so Bajans are UNABLE to see just how BAD things really are….
    We are fooled every year with the dozen or so “scholarship winners”… While THOUSANDS fall through the cracks….

    When rebels like Broomes come along (even if aided with a few grogs) and tries to change things, it is only obvious that he will lose..

    It is too late anyway…we have ALL lost already….
    Broomes should just do like all the others and keep a low profile until pension time….

    We always get exactly what we deserve…..


  15. David August 27, 2014 at 9:21 AM #

    @Bush Tea

    No big fan of Broomes but based on what we know of the system (like you) maintaining the status quo will continue to produce those 11+ students who gain less than 20 marks and the problem is papered over because they ‘pass’ for a secondary school.


  16. David August 27, 2014 at 9:50 AM #

    Are we surprised?  Remember that change must be managed.

    UWI roll tumbles


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