The Teacher: O to be Worthy

Ronald Jones, Minister of Education promised 3,000 bursaries...

Ronald Jones, Minister of Education promised 3,000 bursaries…

BU wishes to express disappointment no Barbadian teacher was nominated to be considered for the 2016 Global Teacher Prize. Thousands of nominations, with a capital T, were submitted from 148 countries.


The objective of the Varkey Foundation by supporting the prize is to engender discussion about the critical role of the teacher. If there is no pride felt by the teaching profession to motivate a nomination of a local teacher surely the USD one million dollar prize should have been enough to motivate the most lethargic of manager in the education sector in Barbados?

Teacher’s Professional Day is celebrated annually in Barbados. Billions of dollars have been allocated to the national budget ‘to produce citizens who are well-balanced, disciplined, industrious, creative, self-reliant persons who can think critically and function effectively in a modern society.’ – Ministry of Education Website. The foregoing begs the question, why were there no applications submitted from Barbados based the postings on the Global Teacher Prize website?

What metric should Barbados implement to ensure a fair ROI is received from the investment taxpayers continue to plough into education?  The inability of the leadership in Barbados to be motivated to submit an application for one or two teachers to the 2016 Global Teacher Prize is a worrying indicator any way it is viewed. From all reports this prize, in its second year,  is considered by many as the Nobel Prize of teaching.

If sceptics on the blog believe this is a harsh critique about the level of intelligence at play in Barbados – BU understands from a reliable source that a conscientious Barbadian was able to secure sponsorship of $30,000 to develop and deliver a customized course about Telecoms and Internet Regulations targeting the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) and the Telecommunications Unit.  The Human Resources Manager at the FTC indicated they were not interested. Have we not heard public lamentation by FTC senior managers about the lack of training?

Why Barbadians should be more worried?

Twenty five FTC, Telecoms Unit and other ICT related organizations employees were encouraged to signup  for the course, only seven finished the course, 18 dropped out claiming they were too busy or the course was too difficult. On a positive note, one young lady from the Telecoms Unit who finished the course was awarded an Ambassadorship by the sponsor, and represented them in Brazil at a global conference on policy regulation.

We need to have a critical look at the education schema. There is something not right with the finished product. We need to up our game IF we want to produce a nucleus of the workforce who are ready for the global market.

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94 Comments on “The Teacher: O to be Worthy”

  1. David December 13, 2015 at 8:27 AM #


    Do you have comprehension skills? The Justice read from a brief prepared for the Court.


  2. Dompey December 13, 2015 at 9:22 AM #


    Oh please give me a break! I am basing my criticisim of Justice Scalia from the wide array of views expounded by the blacks intellectuals on CNN earlier this week, who founded his comments racist.


  3. Dompey December 13, 2015 at 9:51 AM #


    I am assuming that you’re a lawyer and that you’re therefore qualified to speak with some authority on this issue?


  4. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right December 13, 2015 at 12:29 PM #

    @ the Blogmaster

    I went to de church early. We had was to discuss my withdrawal from de Feed my Sheeps causing me behaviour Fridey. So I hey early. It only teach me at me ole age dat de customer is always right.

    De food getting warm. Any man (like “Dompey”) who has difficulty spelling his own appointed name “Domey” and throws a “d” or “ed” behind every verb for good measure, is not someone to be argued with.

    Some people fall into the category of “their specialty is being right when other people are wrong…” and some fall in the other group…

    Before i start I have not copied this from the wise William Skinner… I want to talk bout “Edutech and Metrics”

    Here is a “tiefed” excerpt from a WorldBank document about the same Edu_Teck fiasco which, in addition to mentioning the cost US $213 million smackeroos of the fiasco, says…

    “Over the last decade, Barbados has launched an ambitious program of education reform, EduTech 2000, which features a strong ICT component. The US$213 million EduTech project has experienced significant delays in its civil works component, with those delays reflected in delays in ICT implementation. In contrast, major EduTech activities—reforming the primary and secondary curricula and providing ICT-focused TPD—have been implemented
    to some extent, and have introduced increased use of learner-centered pedagogies. As of
    2007, EduTech ICT planning has been revised and the project is moving forward with installation of classroom- and lab-based computers.”


    Now I need not mention that US $213 M smackeroos is almost 1/2 billion dollars, neither would de ole man say like other peeple saying dat de people dat organise EDUTECH get real rich, realy quick, nor will I mention that, jes maybe, dis is part uh de reason dat certain peeples therefore CANT object too strenuously against the CAHILL DownLowe thievery.

    You know how if you is a tief tings got a way uh coming back to haunt you but de ole man wants wunna to focus pun “Edutech and Metrics”

    Metrics is a method of measuring something. So Wikipedia from which de ole man does copy all me topics say dat “A performance metric is that which determines an organization’s behavior and performance. Performance metrics measure an organization’s activities and performance….”

    To interpret, dat mean de same ting dat Sir COW saying bout de niggas dem. Dem loafing at he place, but because uh metrics, cameras and snitches “he knows which uh de slaves wukking and mekking he proud uh tekking dem from de former state, dat was one set uh clothes pun dem back.” Of course he went on to say dat if it wa not fuh he dat dem wu d not ha get no car, tuh whichin de carpark dat he build fuh dem tekking up space.. So even Sir COW got metrics tuh measure de works uh de slaves.

    @ Bush Tea

    Ent you tink it strange dat Bizzy, causing he frighten to get brand wid he family recent remarks, rush and gi’ way shares to de nex batch uh slaves, to appease de public? Is dere any trufe to whu peeple saying bout “he using dis papah shares and deferred money, tuh fool de natives, right befo de Xmas bonuses due. Whu aftah all Bush Tea, he cud say “if wunna got shares, dat doan spend in Broad Street, doan tell me dat wunna want bonuses too???” I was wundering if to pose dat question to De Ingrunt Word in Canada, or a True Freeman, I was gine axe Justin Robinson but dem get warn way from BU

    @ De Blogmaster

    De ole man does get carry way. I sorry bout dat, bad manners

    Whu I did talking bout? Metrics!!

    The following things may inform on metrics for the teaching profession or a tool that shows us how effective is we teaching

    1) content expertise – the calibre/output undergoes peer review or is reviewed by informed experts, (experts which our system does not have)
    2) instructional design skills; whose output department heads and MoE supervisors with content expertise can inform on (Ooops, dat is another tier of HR which successive MoE administrations have never had, becuasing de Minister always appointing he family, or ingrunt peeple who voted fuh he, at the Ministry instead of qualified HR)
    3) instructional delivery skills – the output of which can be quantified and informed by students (“de teacher feeling up my botsie”) department head (who ignoring the student complaints about the teacher and de student botsie) or MoE staff member tasked with assessing Instructional Delivery Skills (and who also conveniently ignore said complaints cause they and the teacher are good friends)
    4) instructional assessment skills – the output of which students’ perceptions and reactions to various aspects of the instructor’s delivery, (Mr Gibson is a good teacher”) SBA and CXC results (showing that Mr. Gibson is a good teacher while teacher x, whose main focus is still on my 14 year old’s botsie, is not).

    This is now appointments for permanent teacher positions sould be made not on the DLP headmasters and their lackey department heads reporting who is a B and who is a D.


  5. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right December 13, 2015 at 12:41 PM #

    Now dat de ole man done write dat long story and ting bout metrics, I wants to axe wunna a $1,000 question.

    Wanna know dat aid all de money diem spend, not one cent went get spend pun and such metrics tool? nothing to quantify what that $500 million in education, a year, impacts on de curriculum or if were is more Garrison students who down know where to put a decimal point!!.

    In all de $213 million Amurican dollars fuh dat IDB loan you would believe dat dere wasn’t any system dat connect up dese cuntputers, at all de refurbished renovated schools dem, dat show when a student turn on dem cuntputer, log into de system, tek a test, get mark by dem teacher, get comments mek by de teacher, record when de parents look pun de cuntputer scores and remarks from de same teacher, and any udder teacher at dem school?

    You know dat dere ent nuffin dat leh de MoE see how de Head uh de Department interact wid de same teacher work plan, see how de head mastah, instead uh looking at de parent bumpy pok**, review he teachers dem wuk?

    You know dat dere ent no system dat show how de “experts” at de Ministry of Edukshun look at de Headmastah and de nuff secondary schools, and all dem teachers progress reports, or dem students wuk, nuffin to examine de metrics and de impact uh de $213 million Amerian dollars dem…??

    Of course we got one Redman woman and a bunch uh teachers striking bout Broomes while we Minister of Edukashun, Ronald WeJonesing of “de children are is reading well” getting if front uh de CBC cameras and pompasetting

    Wunna unnerstand what shy.te we in doah? when neider de BLP shy.tes dat design dis EDUTECH, nor de udder vagabunts dat now managing it, ent got a EFFING CLUE bout whu a $500 million system is supposed to do?

    Where we heading doah?? The Teacher O Be Worthy!!


  6. Donna December 13, 2015 at 1:38 PM #

    Bang on, Pieces! I haven’t the patience to do what you just did.


  7. Bush Tea December 13, 2015 at 2:50 PM #

    Shiite man Piece….
    you understand this thing yuh….
    Where we heading…?
    Shiite street Boss….


  8. Dompey December 13, 2015 at 3:24 PM #


    Dompey’s common errors validates unequivocately and categorically that he was fashioned by the unblemished-hands of an all perfect God, who in all of His widom and majesty, clothed him with certain imperfections common to human species.

    Which leads me to end with this perennial-dictum: “To error is human, but to forgive is divine.”


  9. David December 13, 2015 at 3:32 PM #


    Which leads me to end with this perennial-dictum: “To error is human, but to forgive is divine.

    To Err is Human

    It goes something like this:


  10. Dompey December 13, 2015 at 5:56 PM #

    David, etymologically, Err and Error means to go astray;to make mistakes, so in essence, the fundamental usage of both words are quite similar. And furthermore, there is an argument yet to be had in the academic world, as to whether or not the word “err” is antiquated in its usage in our present era.


  11. David December 13, 2015 at 6:07 PM #


    Don’t have the energy to engage you on this matter.


  12. Bush Tea December 13, 2015 at 8:18 PM #

    ha ha ha
    Ohh shiirttt!!

    Dompey like he wear you out at last David…..
    ha ha ha Wuh Bushie thought you had the patience of Job…..

    …see now why Bushie does just cuss his ass and move on…. 🙂
    Muh belly!!!

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  13. Simple Simon December 13, 2015 at 10:59 PM #

    @Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right December 12, 2015 at 10:38 PM “Unless of course you wish to say that IS THE DEFINITIVE AUTHORITY ON ELITE COLLEGES IN AMERICA!!…It is Saturday night and de Manadm gone tuh sleep and de ole man gots time pun he hands

    @Bush Tea December 12, 2015 at 10:44 PM “Simple Simon Wait, you very soft this evening … been tasting the rum cake have you? Bushie used the terms ‘petit little’ tonight with the expectation that you would jump all over that redundancy… perhaps after a cup of coffee??”:

    (See note below addressed to piece)

    Dear Piece: So sorry that I could not entertain you last night…but as Bushie discovered I had a little rum cake and then a cup of coffee too.

    Maybe I should not have put that fresh lime juice and more than a little rum in the coffee?


    No I did not say nor did I intend to say that is the definitive authority on American colleges. Many U.S. college rankings are published…I’ve NEVER seen the University of Texas make the top 10 in anybody’s list.


  14. balance December 14, 2015 at 4:45 AM #

    “Were the FTC staff offered free S6 smartphones? and reduced monthly cellular charges? for had that been the case, they would assuredly have been allowed to participate in this programme by their boss Ms. Griffith. I wonder if she and Erine Griffith the Chief Immigration Officer are family? Certainly what they might lack hereditarily they made up for intellectually!!!”

    I do not know what is the purpose of setting up supposedly regulatory bodies like the Fair Trading Commission and the Office of Public Counsel when my interaction with them in recent times tend to suggest that they seem to fear the very bodies they are supposed to regulate. I would really like to see Bro Caswell heading one of these gutless bodies.
    It is inconceivable that Flow can unilaterally stop putting a breakdown of charges for calls made internationally on the bills of customers. In other words , customers are obligated to pay for charges without supporting evidence otherwise their services would be disrupted and not a whimper of protest from the fearful or fairless trading commission and from commentators on BU as well.

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  15. Donna December 14, 2015 at 8:06 AM #

    Wait! A letter from Grenville is in the Nation making a case for professionals in general and praising up the doctors. I like I ain’t going get to vote if this is the nonsense he spouting. The best treatment I ever got from a doctor here is from one who recently returned from working most of his professional life in Jamaica and the US. And my lawyer is a Trini, not a Bajan. There is a reason for both my choices. Enough said!


  16. pieceuhderockyeahright December 14, 2015 at 10:13 AM #

    Wunna dun know dat de ole man is an revolutionary in udder places dat wud be called an anarchist- enemy of de state.

    But being 14 years above de three score years and ten give de ole man license.

    Quo Vadis?

    “…When a talented tutor is offered $11m to jump ship to a rival teaching house, you appreciate the importance Hong Kong places on education.

    And why not? Education is big business across Asia. Ditto profits: gains at Beacon Group, current home of the fought-after super-tutor Lam Yat-yan, almost doubled in the two years to the end of July and there are plenty of people who would argue this is money well spent…”


    To have the vision and conviction require for a true nation builder to have taken part of that US $213 million earmarked for that waste foop Edutech exercise in 2000 and place 250 of our best, brightest polyglots/educators into a reverse “colonization” Chinese total immersion course and send those of our brilliant minds to Hong Kong or “where de money at”, would be beyond Mia Mottley, the so called brilliant mind that so many of our pundits here on BU accord her homage as the Moses in waiting

    No sireeee, she too bright, having held positions of Minister of Education during that Illuminat/Edutech rape, having also been Attorney General, having also been Deputy Prime Minister and now Leader of the Opposition and Troika.

    No it would be too much for her profound brilliance to design a programme that 15 years ago would have potentially eclipsed the $700 money dat dese udder DLP Buhkvnts trying to screw we the bajan populace with – Cahill Wasted Energy.

    Of course we don’t expect too much from our current Minister of Edukashun Ronald WeJonesing the chilrun are is reading well.

    We are a people sandwiched between the fabled Symplegades, the deadly Clashing Rocks (or islands) that stood at the narrow passage between the Propontis (Sea of Marmara/BLP) and the Euxine(Black Sea/DLP) with no Athene strong enough to hold these incompetents apart as the try to destroy the ship Argo (our country Barbados) in which we flounder


  17. David December 14, 2015 at 10:35 AM #

    The Buzz About the 2016 Top 50 Finalists


  18. David December 14, 2015 at 4:42 PM #

    Things brown in Barbados. Despite our vaunted education system, we cannot find a PE or Maths teacher for a secondary school.

    Cleary, a work permit will be required.

    Faan Tom Scribe's photo.


  19. pieceuhderockyeahright December 14, 2015 at 5:25 PM #

    And, in all fairness to Codrington College and Flo, and Lime and Sandy Lane our inept Ministry of Labour, THE CENSUS DEPARTMENT, aided and abetted by Erine Griffith Chief Immigration Officer STILL DO NOT HAVE ANY INTERCONNECTED INFORMATION SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS ANY ONE OF THEM THE ABILTY TO QUERY THE LIEDNESS OF THESE APPLICANTS.


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