Jeff Broomes TRANSFERRED – Alexandra Dispute Matter Revisited: The Waterman Report

The following is a critique of the Alexandra Inquiry matter by Senior Law Lecturer at the University of the West Indies Jeff Cumberbatch and a BU family member.

Senior Law Lecturer Jeff Cumberbatch - reproduced from the Barbados Advocate - 04 October 2009

Senior Law Lecturer Jeff Cumberbatch – reproduced from the Barbados Advocate – 04 October 2009

There is an English equivalent, but the French, in their own inimitable way, put it so much more elegantly: “Plus ça change, plus la même chose” – the more things change, the more they remain the same. This might have been the exact sentiment of more than a few objective bystanders after the public release of the report of the Waterman Commission of Inquiry into the Alexandra School. From all accounts, those who were, before the report – see WATERMAN REPORT, in favour of the censure of Mr. Jeff Broomes, the principal, for his alleged misdeeds, now feel a sense of vindication by the report that has recommended, inter alia, his “separation” from that institution. On the other hand, those who were firmly in his corner previously and of the view that he had done nothing wrong, have chosen to reject the commission’s findings in that regard. These opinions are to be expected. But what of the report itself? Has the commission really achieved its objective after the comparatively substantial sums spent on its production?

First, we have to appreciate the limitations of a Commission of Inquiry. Already cribbed, cabined and confined by the provisions of the statute under which it is constituted and by its stipulated terms of reference, the commission is not in itself a punitive body, even though it does have power under section 15 of the Commissions of Inquiry Act, Cap 112, to report certain forms of procedural misconduct during its deliberations to the High Court, which may inquire into the matter and, after hearing the relevant evidence punish the offending individual as if he or she had been guilty of contempt of the High Court.

Read full report in the Barbados Advocate

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  1. Well Well December 29, 2012 at 9:01 AM #

    I am more than happy to see the teachers who were past students and so territorial about AX acting like it was their personal property and stomping ground GONE, most of them should have been fired for not having the intelligence to see how their selfish actions did more harm than good to th AX students, TOTALLY SELFISH AND FILLED WITH SMALL ISLAND POWER. On another note there was absolutely no reason to spend 600K of taxpayers money to arrive at the conclusion that most intelligent people were voicing for well over 8 years, i say fire stuart, jones and all the other slow jackasses involved in hampering and delaying these kids progess in education. Small island power is very destructive when the people who weild it are clueless.


  2. Retired Teacher December 29, 2012 at 9:18 AM #

    I’m comfortable with the outcome of the enquiry the distribution of Broomes and the teachers is fair justice to all at the same time it sends a message that none of them is bigger than the educational system.

    Firing Broomes and all those teachers would cause massive legal and educational disruption. The Ax issue been around for too long the decision to break up the Ax cliques is sensible not draconian.

    Broomes is on the verge of retirement anyway why fire him him causing GOB to pay him $3mil of my taxes in settlement?

    The enquiry clearly revealed the teachers and the Redman girl are equally as culpable as Broomes. None of them should be allowed to walk away claiming they were triumphant.


  3. Observing(...) December 29, 2012 at 9:40 AM #

    ya right ta hush. lol

    the concern is understood

    @Caswell, David, TTP et. al
    correct me if I’m wrong but wouldn’t the decision for transfers fall directly under the aegis of the Ministry and the Chief Education Officer as obtains now without direct PSC involvement? It happens every term in the primary system but is not a norm in the secondary. Erego the PSC’s involvement in this would only have been at the rubber stamp level. I find we’re targeting them maybe erroneously. Their time will come.

    @st. George’s, Caswell
    EGAD! I hope others also recognise that the recommendations have not been followed (slavishly). Uh tell wunna, get the popcorn and a comfortable seat! This is only the opening act!

    @retired teacher
    good point. this action is fair. But, the questions are.. will it be accepted? will the transfer process be done properly or in typical Ministry fashion? Has consideration been given to the mid-year academic disruption? Will we have a “smooth” transfer or a rocky one to the detriment of students, particularly those doing CXC and SBAs. we’re only at the surface level so far. Time to see what happens as we go deeper.

    @Well well & balance
    “there was absolutely no reason to spend 600K of taxpayers money”

    some may argue that precedents like this need a “basis.” It’s worth is another story altogether.

    just observing


  4. Think on these Things December 29, 2012 at 9:45 AM #

    Well, well,well, Mr Caswell the unemployable what makes you feel that someone such as yourself should be taken seriously on the blog or in a Rum Shop for some onecwho has managed tovhave been fired from EVERY JOB you ever had then tried your hand at a one man union, by the very name a Union suggest a grouping of persons, then you tried you hand at theft and not even that you were successful at as you got charged in the Law Courts for theft of that car, remember that Mottley sent the files tocthe DPP so that you should be charged with theft.

    How dare you curse PM Stuart a man of Integrity a man of Honesty a man with Excellent Intellect and a man with a sharp brain and a man that has never been charged with theft of anything and a man that has never been fired from one job unlike yourself who has never managed to keep a job, the PM is light years ahead of you in his ability to sort the trash from the canes are you capable of doing likewise or will you attempt to steal the cane and put it up for sale and get charged for theft once again.

    Go take a sabbatical and have a read of the Bible in particular where it says Thou Shall Not STEAL.


  5. JUST ASKING December 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM #

    Mr Speaker Sir (Blog Moderator)
    I want to present the fllowing cut and paste item, which is already a document of the House.
    This would be my only comment at this stage of the debate

    Thank you Sir
    I am obliged

    JUST ASKING | December 2, 2012 at 3:27 PM | I said already that the Commission or the Prime Minister should have leaned on BU for direction and the $ 600,000.00 should have been distributed among the Blog Moderator/Owner; Caswell Franklyn; Bushie; Islandgal246; even ac and Carson C Cadogan, Hants; BAFBFP; Old Onion Bags; Scout; Prodigal ; Just Observing; Millertheanu; Checkit; Random ; Sargeant;Yardbroom and all the rest who may have contributed.
    Sound wisdom and advise came from these individuals and even where some were not in agreement, guidance could still have been taken from their values. I salute the men and women of BU even the ones I disagree with at times.

    Respect !!


  6. Perlixin Pearlie December 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM #

    Retired Teacher hit de nail pon it head. Leff Freundel fuh muh. De man make sure he set up de commission tuh understand wha was really gine on up dey. Once he fine out wha gine on, he tell evrybody in de backanal tuh hush de noise, humble deyself and teach de people children! Dat’s my dear-heart Prime Minister a fair and just man full of integrity. Who want tuh drink rum and cry, drink rum and cry! Who want tuh run court, run court!


  7. ac December 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM #

    Finality is the only resolution.this matter has spanned the life of a young child.taking the bull by the horn is no easy matter.hopefully concrete and profound and meanginful educational reform across the board would be aresult of the inquiry no matters whose toes are stepped on.


  8. Smooth Chocolate December 29, 2012 at 11:07 AM #

    @Simple Simon | December 28, 2012 at 11:26 PM |
    Clean sweep.

    Looks like Amaida was kicked upstairs to Harrison College and Uncle Jeff was kicked downstairs to Parkinson.

    Don’t care what wunna say, Harrison College is a big school, and Parkinson piss poor.

    u are not a simple simon, u are a retard with elementary education. u lost sight of the fact that if she .is transferred to Harrision College, due to the caliber of behaviour from teachers and students, she has little chance of carrying on her disgraceful behaviour. she also will not be in a position to decide she is not teaching a class, it simply will not be tolerated there as it might be somewhere else…glad she’s gone from AX, we will see what teaching skills she really has which i assumed amounts to nothing in comparison to the history of Mr. Broomes’.


  9. David December 29, 2012 at 11:18 AM #

    @Think on these Things

    Would the Eager 11 agree to some of what you stated?

    BTW, small minds attack people.


  10. Simple Simon December 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM #

    @ Caswell “Beverley Lashley was promoted, ask any Combermerian. LOL!”

    I agree with you that Beverley was promoted, and Amaida too. And I did not even go to HC or Combermere; nor am I an ignoramus as suggested by Observing.

    I just believe in elitism by MERIT.

    On our school reports we all liked the A’s better than the F’s. Why do we like to fool our children that an F is just as good as an A???

    Our children, even the ones who consistently get F’s know when we are LYING to them, which is why they hate us and have no respect for us.

    And miller etc. talked about the politicians not caring, because their children are not involved, but I’ve never seen an evidence that politicians treat their children any better than labourers treat their children.

    Yes politicians may do their children favours, but how many politicians out there are willing to say to their children “you will get through by merit or not get through at all. I will not do any favours for you.”

    Show me one.

    Show me one single one.


  11. Hants December 29, 2012 at 11:33 AM #

    There is now an opportunity for 20 Bajans to shine if they have any pride in themselves.

    Jeff Broomes has an opportunity to show what a competent Principal he is.

    BU will be watching.


  12. David December 29, 2012 at 11:37 AM #


    To your earlier point, do you believe the MOE would have transferred the personnel to the extent they have if there was no COI and the threat of action from a previously inactive CPO and PSC?


  13. Simple Simon December 29, 2012 at 11:37 AM #

    @Smoooth Chocolate “u are a retard with elementary education.

    No gal, I went to a couple of big name universities. If you check the top 100 universities in the world you will find mine there.


  14. Simple Simon December 29, 2012 at 11:42 AM #

    @retired teacher at 9:18 a.m ” the Redman girl ”

    Girl indeed. Dear Retired teacher you should know better that to refer to a middle aged woman as a girl.

    Any old man or woman with a long expired degree can refer to a professional middled aged woman as a girl.

    I will note that not a soul on this blog has referred to Jeff as a boy.


  15. Observing(...) December 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM #

    The easy answer is no. Not for lack of cause and reason but for uncertainty and inaction. As mentioned, transfers are not the “norm” in the secondary system, hence obvious hesitation to use them as a tool for resolving matters. Ac hopes for conclusive resolution, but any resolution must go through “fire.”. This mass transfer will now have to be debated, tested, and vindicated for closure to commence. Let’s see the reactions of the BSTU, Jeff’s lawyers, BAPPSS and the teachers who are being sent to AX. Therein lies the “correctness” of the action and the sense in the inquiry.

    Just observing


  16. Clone December 29, 2012 at 3:43 PM #

    Haunts and Simple Simon

    You are so wrong that the Government has not made any effort to train teachers across all schools.
    The newer secondary schools have the most highly qualified staffs.
    There are no better teachers in any older secondary school as against newer secondary schools in Barbados.
    In fact teachers in the newer secondary schools would have to be better teachers because THEY RECEIVE CHILDREN WHO GOT BELOW 50% in the common entrance and at school leaving some of them have ten CXCs.

    Consider your statement against these facts.
    Principal of Harrison College- Went to school at St. Leonard’s
    Principal of Queens College – Went to school at Parkinson

    Why is St. Leonard’s now called Harrison College Annex?
    Most of the Chemistry, Physics and Spanish CSEC and CAPE students do lessons there on Saturdays with teachers from St. Leonard’s from morning until evening


  17. millertheanunnaki December 29, 2012 at 4:23 PM #

    @ Clone | December 29, 2012 at 3:43 PM |

    You have just made out an excellent watertight case for the abolition of the Eleven Plus exam.
    I am proud of you for breaking out of the mould of partisan ignorance and myopia.
    Keep it up, Clone! Next move is to petition on this blog your DLP administration to do another 1961-62 transformative policy decision in Education and make a paradigm shift in how education is to be valued.
    ICT can level the playing field and release a whole sea of talent at all levels of the socio-economic landscape of Bim. There is absolutely no need to pigeonhole and label our young people so early in their lifelong educational journey.


  18. Hants December 29, 2012 at 4:43 PM #

    It pleases me to read that good teachers are distributed across the secondary school landscape.
    It is the way it should be.

    Public schools should be on a level playing field.

    The Elites can send their children to private school.


  19. Clone December 29, 2012 at 4:43 PM #

    Everything I put on this blog I believe in and do so anonymously because I would become a political victim. I do not see myself writing ignorance. I have posted against B and D unlike you who believe that it is alright to commit acts like taking a cheque not intended for your account but putting it there and still can become Prime Minister again.
    Barbadian have their heads buried in the sand when it comes to education and the school system.The Prime Minister did the country a great service by calling an enquiry.
    You see this behavior was going on in all of the Government schools of Barbados. Now the Ministry will have to act on reports made to the Ministry where teachers do not teach or Principals bring in teachers who they know and not following the procedures for hiring teachers.

    Sorry Miller for spoiling your day though
    You will have to go to the post which says that Dottin should pack his bags to see my political attack on Mia Mottley re-education and edutech


  20. millertheanunnaki December 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM #

    @ Clone | December 29, 2012 at 4:43 PM |

    What’s wrong with you, Clone?
    Here I am ‘bigging’ you up and making you look important and able to think outside the partisan box and now you have gone and spoiled it by going back to old hat of a previous dispensation now long passed.
    Get real man and live in the present, although learning from the past.

    But we forget, a Clone can never be his intellectual self but a copycat of partisan ignorance and myopia.


  21. Prodigal Son December 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM #

    @ miller,
    Clone wrote……………..I have posted against B and D unlike you who believe that it is alright to commit acts like taking a cheque not intended for your account but putting it there and still can become Prime Minister again…

    You should know better than to ‘big up and make Clone look important and that he is able to think outside the partisan box”. These DLP hacks cannot change.

    The debate is all about the foolishness going on with AX and Clone ups and bring up a worn out story about Owen Arthur. These DLP hacks never say a word about the CLICO policyholders millions that their dead king stashed away in Families First account which this present gang cannot get their hands on nor the policyholders neither would they talk about the millions of CLICO policyholders monies he laundered away in Thompson Associates but always bringing up a dead issue of a cheque. They never talk about the questionable dealings of Kenny Worst, Michael Lashley, Dennis Lowe or Hammie La. He left such a good legacy that the only remnants of Thompson Associates today is the hole in the wall where the gold plate bearing his name was ripped off!

    Be off, Clone, the people of Barbados dealt with that issue in 2008. I am satisfied with OSA’s explanation. Too bad you believed the lies your dead king told you. Too bad he aint alive to face the facts about CLICO and now Mr Molasses trying to fool the policyholders that there will be a solution in March. It is too late for Mr Molasses!

    I was speaking to a young intelligent lady today. She said to me that she foolishly voted for the DLP in 2008, never again would she vote DLP. She said it took the BLP three terms to become arrogant but it only took the Dems one year. She then began to list all the woes and ills since 2008. So if a lot of young people are thinking like this, the DLP ass is grass! You may yet have to put up with OSA!


  22. Is all lost December 29, 2012 at 6:57 PM #

    Broomes has been doing foolishness for at least six years. The teaching-learning processes of the students of Alexandria School had been compromised yet it took a strike by teachers and a threat to ramp up the strike, Prime Ministerial intervention with a $600 000 Commission of Inquiry (which came to the same conclusions as a earlier Ministry investigation of the school) to get the Ministry of Education and the Public Service Commission to do what probably should have been done four years ago!!!.

    If it took all this bachannal to solve what was really a fairly minor issue how will this country respond to the really big issues of growing the economy and creating employment and wealth for our people, protecting the natural environment and the resources it provides (like water), securing our country from the threats of drug dealers, human traffickers and even those terrorists of many different persuaions and dealing with the health threats posed by chronic non communicable diseases (just to name a few)?


  23. Sargeant December 29, 2012 at 6:58 PM #

    Mr. Broomes is a classic example of the “Peter Principle” in action, not every school teacher is destined to become a Head Teacher nor every Priest a Bishop nor every Bank Teller a Branch manager etc. Generally the people who work with individuals like Mr. Broomes suffer in silence hoping that he can be further elevated to become someone else’s problem but how long is too long before it comes to an end?

    It is too bad that Mr. Broomes is being foisted on some other children, parents and teachers , the Ministry of Education should have the power to assign him to a desk job where he can work on individual assignments and out of harm’s way.

    There are some good educators out there who have longed toiled in their field without seeking recognition or publicity but who derive satisfaction from seeing their charges achieve success academically and in their chosen fields, let’ applaud these individuals rather than spend time dissecting the sorry spectacle of an Alexandra School under the Administration of Mr. Broomes.


  24. Hants December 29, 2012 at 7:11 PM #


    If Broomes is spiteful and vindictive like me, he will park his ego and go to Parkinson and become a great Principal of that school.

    There is nothing sweeter than success when failure is expected.


  25. Sargeant December 29, 2012 at 7:22 PM #

    If past exploits are predictive of the future then we should worry, however never say never……


  26. To The Point December 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM #

    Doesnt Miller import politics into every discussion?


  27. Prodigal Son December 29, 2012 at 7:39 PM #


    Do you know why Queen’s College is not involved in any of the transfers? Strange, dont you think? Why was HC chosen for the cause of all this trouble? Is it because the Principal of HC took a stand for the principal? Revenge? Spite? Give the HC principal the headache? I wonder?????

    Mrs Greaves would do well to know up front that the HC principal is nobody’s fool and the stunts she pulled at AX would never be tolerated by Winston Crichlow! Just saying!


  28. To The Point December 29, 2012 at 7:50 PM #


    I could not respond to ur query earlier because my internet was being eratic like Enuff, and that Caswell stole my thunder how the commission is appointed.

    Regardless to how we think, as long as politicians can appaoint they will disappoint. Caswell is quite cognisant that Owen Arthur appointed people to top positions in the Public Service under the guise of Public Service Reform. His wife benefitted from a high payying job in the service as well as Kerrie Simmon’s wife, among others. Until the power of the prime minister is curved we will get no where. Just remembered how David Simmons was appointed as CJ.


  29. Prodigal Son December 29, 2012 at 8:45 PM #

    You forgot the mention the blatant nepotism being practiced under this present administration that you support. Just check with John Boyce, Richard Sealy, Michael Lashley, Stephen Lashley, Esther Byer Suckoo andthe rest of them. then let us start to talk about the power of a PM!


  30. Prodigal Son December 29, 2012 at 8:47 PM #

    Oh I forgot to mention Donville Inniss!


  31. Gabriel Tackle December 29, 2012 at 8:54 PM #

    Much of the problem with Broome and Farley is that they revel in publicity .They both should have been told to follow the rules and stop speaking to the media on every and every subject- as they are prone to do- unless authorized to do so by the Ministry.They both have become a law unto themselves.Amaida Greaves,Beverley Neblett,Leslie Lett have been let off lightly.They should have been fired.They may be called teachers but were not called to the vocation.Their swinish and despicable behaviour has tarnished the AX school and its reputation, so richly deserved over the many years of its existence,and might have denied Barbados of some fine scholarship if only they had used their energy to impart knowledge and positive values in their charges.They will be forever damned.


  32. Think on these Things December 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM #

    New Year’s Honours List
    printshare0 comments Sat, December 29, 2012 – 8:00 PM
    The following is the New Year’s Honours list for 2013.

    The Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

    Shirley Vivienne Bell

    For public service and services to the legal profession

    Everson Robinson Elcock

    For services to business

    Charles Emile Straker

    For services to tourism and the music industry in Barbados


    Joan Lorraine Blackett

    For services for education

    Anthony DeVere Browne

    For services to industry and culture

    Larry MacDonald Mayers

    For services to broadcasting


    Victor DaCosta Farrell

    For services in the field of medical laboratory technology in Barbados and other Caribbean counties

    Robert Jeffrey Kinch

    For services to tourism and hospitality

    Arlene Eleanor Miller

    For services to the financial sector


  33. Checkit-Out December 29, 2012 at 9:47 PM #

    The current solution to the AX problem has been largely represented and accepted as being a thoughtful and even handed solution that shows the PM in a good light and casts Broomes and the protagonist teachers in a poor one.

    But suppose that we are just viewing smoke and mirrors at the present time.
    I was made aware today that one of the teachers being transferred


  34. Checkit-Out December 29, 2012 at 10:29 PM #

    Oops! clicked the wrong key above. (continuing)

    ……. has not yet received any official notification of her transfer but saw her name on Barbados Today last night. There are probably several others of the 22 reverse transferrees who have been dealt with similarly. Many of them will now have additional travel expenses and other disruptions, in addition to the major disruption of being moved at an important time in the school year from the charges to whom they were committed. They are in a perverse position for people who had nothing whatsoever to do with the AX imbroglio. Random punishment I suppose, theirs not to wonder why.

    Mary Redman may be thought of as having an easy job and no need to protest the transfers, as the teachers whom she championed at AX have largely been well treated. It appears that their transfers have been thoughtfully worked out and have been to Schools that are largely considered by most bajans to be promotions OR they have not generally been transferred to schools that would result in significant disruptions to their travel schedules re. getting to and from the new school or transporting children etc. So they might not protest too much. So the architects of the transfers appear to be very thoughtful in their treatment of the AX transferees. But the uprooted teachers coming to AX might think differently. It appears that no-one consulted with them or anyone else of the teachers before the decision was implemented.

    It is going to be very interesting to see how the Unions deal with the problems of the transferees to AX, and there will be many. I also hear that a few teachers are seeking legal opinions on their unwonted and sudden disruptive transfers, given that they dealt only with their respective Boards re. their hiring and other matters not the MOE or Services Commissions.

    The timing of the disruptions was certainly not thoughful, if the intent was to cause as little disruption as possible. Indeed, I suspect that the timing was possibly to project an image of someone solving a problem in one year that his predecessors could not solve in eight and little consideration would have been given to softening the AX students’ learning environment at this time or indeed that of the other schools where new senior teachers would have to rise to a call not of their calling.

    ’twere better if the problem was kicked down the road for a solution in the next school year in September 2013 by whoever is in power then, but such a solution might not big up certain individuals and so, imho, the decision was taken to risk confusion at this time.

    There are many other considerations in this matter which are likely to start being engaged in public within the next 2 weeks that might show that the transfers were not as thoughtful or even handed as most consider.


  35. Checkit-Out December 29, 2012 at 10:43 PM #

    Think on these things;
    The New Year’s Honours list looks like a good one to me and I am sure the recipients are all highly deserving of the honours. I would like to congratulate all of them but would like to highlight three of them, who I know have given excellent service to Barbados over the years and have led exemplary lives. Shirley Bell; Everson Elcock and Victor Farrell.


  36. Well Well December 30, 2012 at 11:28 AM #

    Just hope Mary Redman does not think she is a winner in this and was not meant to be one, the winners should be these poor students who had to endure years of negative, backward behavior from so called adults who are unable to resolve conflicts with respect.


  37. Gabriel Tackle December 30, 2012 at 4:55 PM #

    I should like to add my two cents worth re the New Years Honours List.Emile Straker has done more than most with his Merrymen to establish Barbados as a tourist haven for the Canadians in particular.Emile and the Merrymen,the Barbados Police Band,Paul Foster and his Publicity Committee have combined to make Barbados the favourite tourist destination of Canadians from the 70’s and they all richly deserve honours.I would recommend to the BTA that they revisit the Canadian and Venezuelan markets,both countries prospering in the current downturn.


  38. balance December 31, 2012 at 5:59 AM #

    Do I remember her husband was high up in the Education Ministry? If correct I am sure that is a complete coincidence.



  39. balance January 2, 2013 at 5:53 AM #

    Mrs Greaves would do well to know up front that the HC principal is nobody’s fool and the stunts she pulled at AX would never be tolerated by Winston Crichlow! Just saying!
    what stunts did she pull at Ax mr prodigal?


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