Category: Education

Parents of Blackman and Gollop students say enough is enough

With the recurring cow itch problem forcing the closure of the Blackman and Gollop Primary School for the third straight week, parents are concerned that the situation is having a severe impact on their children’s education. At an emergency meeting yesterday Principal of the Staple Grove, Christ Church educational institution, Petrona Holder, announced that the […]

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Sir Hilary’s warning

Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor Sir Hilary Beckles is warning that there can be no lasting economic or social development in Barbados if the university’s Cave Hill campus is not at the centre of Government’s policy-making pursuits. Sir Hilary, a former principal of the campus, told a post Campus […]

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Education system vital to productivity – Haynes

The country’s top economic advisor is suggesting changes to the education system in order to generate a more productive workforce and a more competitive economy. Speaking recently at the launch of the 2018 Week of Excellence, Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Cleviston Haynes focused on the country’s declining economic fortunes, stressing that prompt, […]

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Teachers meet with education officials to discuss school violence

The Ministry of Education today assured the island’s teachers that their concerns about school violence and suggestions on how the issue should be tackled would be taken on board. According to a statement issued by the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) the undertaking was given by Permanent Secretary June Chandler when she and Chief Education […]

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Cow itch forces school closure

Classes at Blackman and Gollop Primary School at Staple Grove, Christ Church came to an early end today as cow itch forced the closure of the school for the remainder of the week. While Barbados TODAY was denied access to the compound, and was advised that the principal would not entertain questions from the media, […]

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CXC no show

A top official of the Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has raised concern about the number of students who failed to show up to write the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) final exam back in January. To make matters worse, CXC Deputy Chair Marcia Potter said some of these exams were paid for by Barbadian […]

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Ministry asks BSTU for more time

After being issued with an ultimatum to meet with the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) by tomorrow to discuss the worrying rise in school violence or face the wrath of educators, the Ministry of Education has requested a three-day extension. This afternoon BSTU President Mary Redman told Barbados TODAY her union wrote the ministry on […]

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Statement – Ministry of Education addresses claims of misconduct at NAPSAC

Officials from the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation met recently with the organisers of the National Primary Schools Athletic Championship (NAPSAC) to discuss allegations made on social media, by a teacher, of inappropriate behaviour by students at a NAPSAC Zone Meet on Monday, February 12, 2018. Ministry officials also met with representatives of […]

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BSTU statement re Ministry talks on school violence

While the BSTU understands and appreciates the right of the employer to meet with employees the Union believes that because of the grievous nature of these particular circumstances at the Grantley Adams school, because of the fact that the Union wrote and demanded such a meeting and because the union is aware of the fact […]

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Violence forces closure of Grantley Adams Memorial School

Teachers at Grantley Adams Memorial School have forced the closure of the school tomorrow after reporting that they planned to stay away from the classroom following a stabbing yesterday at the Blackmans, St Joseph learning institution, which resulted in injuries to four students, and the discovery today of several weapons, including a cutlass. The educators […]

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‘No reason to fear fourth UWI campus in Antigua’

Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Sir Hilary Beckles says Barbados has nothing to fear, amid a compelling proposal advanced by the Gaston Browne-led administration in Antigua for the establishment of a fourth UWI campus in St John’s. The proposal, which has been received by the UWI Council, is to be the […]

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‘Misguided UWI’

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill campus has come in for scathing criticism from a Government senator, who has charged that the tertiary institution has lost its prestige and is now lagging behind its regional and international counterparts. While defending the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) 2013 decision to stop footing the […]

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Rumblings in the BSTU

Two high-ranking officials of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) reportedly tendered their resignations this week from the executive, amid rumblings within the BSTU. However, up to late this evening feverish behind the scene attempts were being made to have the resignation letters rescinded, with top officials of the teachers’ union said to be locked […]

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Ball dropped

Barbados’ main advocacy group for men has been given a failing grade for its representation of fathers who have been denied access to their children. The stinging indictment has come from founder of Access for Fathers, Kammie Holder, who said today he was forced to step up and take the lead on the issue because […]

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Alarm raised at BCC

Classes were disrupted today after the fire alarm was triggered at the Barbados Community College’s Hospitality Institute at PomMarine. The development coincided with protest action by students over the alleged ill treatment of one of their colleagues. At the centre of the controversy is the Acting President of the Guild of Students Kobie Broomes, who […]

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Alleyne gets a sixth form

The 232-year-old Alleyne School is the newest secondary school to get a sixth form. Today, Minister of Education Ronald Jones led a team of officials for the installation of 20 students, including eight boys and 12 girls, into sixth form at the St Andrew-based learning institution. A beaming Jones hailed the development saying “this is […]

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Plug pulled on plans to host Dominican students at BCC

Plans for the Barbados Community College (BCC) to accept close to 50 students from storm-ravaged Dominica have been abruptly scrapped. Minister of Education Ronald Jones told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that his ministry had been informed by the Dominican authorities that the arrangement for the students, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria last month, […]

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