Tag Archives: Education

Education is No Sport

Submitted by Paula Sealy “This committee has been given a mandate for the next six months to work assiduously to bring the policy on persons with disabilities so that we can also approve the legislation. We have a draft legislation now that over the next six months it is to be fine-tuned to get the legislation right,” Minister of People Empowerment

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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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Our Children – Knowing Cents from Sense

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Submitted by William Skinner Recently in a submission to BU, I mentioned a story appearing in the local press about a six-year-old citizen, selling her first piece of art. In the interview, her mother said that she was conflicted, in exposing her daughter to such activity at a very tender age. She did not want to send the message that

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Where Education Ends Good Sense Should Begin

Submitted by Paula Sealy TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN What mental health services will be provided after you have allowed Lower 6 (ages 16-17) CAPE 2022 students to be placed under severe anguish, unfathomable physical distress and untold mental strain? In one country, secondary school students have spent approximately seven weeks at school for face-to-face instruction in preparation for their

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BU Covid Dash – Back to School II

The blogmaster is pleased to hear more urgent discussions taking place about agreeing to protocols and logistics to have face to face classes resume between stakeholders. From anecdotal chatter the majority of parents seem supportive of the effort to restart. The one group offering some resistance seems to be the teacher’s unions. A word to the teachers. This is a

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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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BU Covid Dash – Back to School Time

If we are to judge from recent events like cricket at Kensington Oval and political campaigning – supported by utterances from the Chief Medial Officer and Minister Kerri Symmonds –  the government is about to switch to a getting ‘back to normal’ mode. We must do all that is possible to address educating our children. Crop Over will fall in

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The Phartford Files: BCC Fast Becoming a Basket Case

Submitted by Ironside One scholarship! That is all the Barbados Community College (BCC) was able to garner in 2019! Not surprising, given the recent revelations regarding the ongoing scandalous performance of BCC nursing students in the regional nursing examinations. Well, the Mia Mottely administration has solved the nursing problem: Barbados will be importing nurses and nursing is to be removed

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Time to Think Clear and Straight Caswell

Submitted by DAVID  COMISSIONG, President, Clement Payne Movement IF  EVER  THERE  WAS  A  TIME for clear and principled thinking in Barbados, that time is now! I would therefore like to publicly say to newly appointed Senator Caswell Franklyn and to all other Barbadians who – like him – may believe that governmental policies to restore free tertiary education at the

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