Category Archives: Education

Respect Due to Teachers!

Submitted by Paula Sealy While work is being done to beautify the Constitution River, there is an urgent need for work to be done in the nearby Elsie Payne complex to repair the wreckage and destruction. Minister Jones and Par. Sec. Harry were gone with the elections on 24 May 2018. Less than two weeks later, PS June Chandler was

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Education: MORE REFORM

Submitted by Paula Sealy There was notice of the formation of a 20-member National Advisory Committee on Water this month. Whether or not the composition of the Committee was disclosed, at least we know it is not a committee of one. Barring the fact that its Director has been identified, who are the members of the Education Reform Unit? Is

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Educate Ourselves

Submitted by RA in the West As Barbados is about to embark on the latest nine day wonder namely the shooting death of the young policemen and the cries from all and sundry for tougher laws, hangings, getting back to god etc.  we are trapped in the circular conversation which will bring no solutions and just the usual bluster from

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HILARY BECKLES AND THE CONSOLIDATION OF REGIONAL DICTATORSHIPS

Submitted by Pachamama We have become well use to, in politics, elected dictatorships masquerading as democracies in the Caribbean. However, there are other formations within the miseducation system, amongst the top corporations, civil society and elsewhere. Of course, there are interlocking connections between and amongst these. The University of the West Indies has long pretended to be a strict adherent

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Education Reform a Must

Lost amid the noise of a struggling economy, navigating a pandemic and more recent ash fall from La Soufrière is the decision by the government to create the Education Reform Unit headed by Dr. Idamay Denny. For many years commentators have been pleading with successive governments the urgent need to transform how we educate our citizens to ensure Barbados ride

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School to Open, Teachers Want Back Pay

Minister Santia Bradshaw in a matter of fact delivery announced at a press briefing yesterday our school children will be returning to the classroom from the 20 April 2021. The expectation is for teachers to return on the 19 April, Class 3 and 4 at primary schools and fifth and sixth formers of secondary schools on the 20 April. The

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To Barbadians: No Child Must be Left Behind

Kudos to the Nation newspaper for highlighting the human interest story Family lacks electricity for online classes. The story resonated with the blogmaster for many reasons that should be obvious to sensible people. Leaders in education of late, forced to implement Covid 19 measures, have been repeatedly braying the cliche “no child must be left behind‘ – what does that

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Barbados is Preparing for the Future – Coding and Robotics

Some blogs posted to Barbados Underground through the years have highlighted the importance of the private and public sectors working together to ensure we allocate adequate resources to maintain a robust IT infrastructure. It is no secret government websites in Barbados are easy targets from hackers. And in recent weeks a few private companies have been penetrated with ransomware attacks

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Press Statement on CXC Press Conference by Student Advocate

On Sunday, October 18, Sir Hilary Beckles, in his capacity as Chairman of the Caribbean Examinations Council, and Dr. Wayne Wesley, Registrar of CXC, held a virtual press conference to release the preliminary findings of the Independent Review Team, empaneled to investigate the examination process, allocated examination results and general performance expectations, inter alia.  For the purpose of context, this Review

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CXC’s Options

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is a Caribbean institution. As Caribbean nationals, we should insist that the integrity of Caribbean institutions be protected. If our institutions provide a high-quality product, their integrity is automatically protected. CXC has one main product – its examinations. There are three basic components of that product. Namely, a syllabus of information for students to understand,

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Ministry of Education and Madness Initiates Transfers

The blogmaster has received a few messages regarding the sudden decision by the Ministry of Education to transfer Principals from some schools. Here is one that captures key concerns arising from the abrupt change. – David, blogmaster Once again the Ministry of Education and Madness will send schools into confusion with the abrupt, last minute, poorly thought out shifting of

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Back to School AND No Child Must Be Left Behind

The inability of key stakeholders – the Ministry of Education (MOE) and respective teacher’s unions to discuss Covid 19 protocols in a constructive environment in order to facilitate the commencement of the proposed September 21, 2020 term has come as no surprise. The relationship between successive governments, Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) and Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) has been

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Barbados Community College: Breach of Contract and Consumer Guarantees

Submitted by Cherfleur In the High Court of Judicature CV307 of 2019 (Follow up on BCC – Education, Educator and the Masses) False and misleading information and advice attracting applications to 2 Failure to conduct Grade Appeals as per Statute; Failure to provide for Electives within the program Finance and Investment; Including subjects in programs as Electives and denying students’​ freedom of

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To Reopen Schools…

The government has taken – some are saying – the bold decision to announce a date for children to return to physical classrooms in Barbados. Some parents have expressed concern why the rush especially for a ten or eleven year old preparing for the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination.  If the world has to live with Covid 19 until there

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