Tag Archives: 11+

Where is the Leadership?

Submitted by Paula Sealy General elections were held on 19 January. Today is 19 May. It has been over 100 days since the elections. Up to now the secondary schools have no boards of management. This is affecting the schools.   So when will the boards be put in place? Will the Minister of Education explain what is going to the

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Education Reform: Jettisoning 11+

Submitted by William Skinner Those who support the abolition of the Common Entrance Examination (CEE), will certainly welcome the current administration’s intention to move our children, out of what is really a socioeconomic and educational gas chamber. We have not seen a determined, enlightening, or progressive effort to reform the education system, from any administration, since 1962, when free education

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The Grenville Phillips Column | Letter – Perpetuating Mental Slavery

Our children are currently preparing for the Common Entrance Examination, so we can expect the same debates about the exam that we have been having for the past 40 years.  Imagine that.  We essentially waste our time on this issue every year while our politicians make no meaningful improvements.  Well, not under a Solutions Barbados administration. The two sides of

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An Elitist 11+

Submitted by William Skinner John Cumberbatch, the late president of the Barbados Union of Teachers, often described the Common Examination as elitist. He was convinced that once it remained the gold standard of excellence, the system would eventually be the main cause for several societal problems. It was a position he took before the mid-seventies, when he was leader of

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