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Adjusting Our Educational System to Generate Sustainable Jobs for Barbadians

Walter Blackman - Actuary and Social Commentator

Walter Blackman – Actuary and Social Commentator

Walter, who is responsible you think in the society for building the framework to sustain employment? […]BU has always held the view that Barbados is a public led economy/society. On this premise therefore if government – by policy initiative – wants to move in a different direction one would imagine a sensible approach would be one of collaboration and preparation.

David King, Blogmaster of Barbados Underground

In 2002, I was part of a group of actuaries in Atlanta, Georgia listening to a speech being delivered by Ms. Anna Rappaport, a former President of the Society of Actuaries. At the end of the speech, I rose and asked Ms. Rappaport a question.

“Which country are you from?” she asked, recognizing that I was speaking with a non-American accent. “Barbados” I replied.

“You know”, she continued, “I am amazed at how such a small country could produce such a relatively large amount of young, bright, trainable people! It is truly a remarkable achievement!”

That incident alone was enough to convince me that the Barbados brand has achieved international status and acknowledgement.

Undoubtedly, there are many other Barbadians, working in various fields of human endeavour, in many countries across the globe, who have been filled with pride as they listened to similar complimentary remarks being heaped upon their small, but much beloved Barbados. Achieving international brand name status in the areas of training, education, and professionalism, made possible by the focus and dedication of generations of hardworking Barbadians that came before us, is a feat that we must now seek to leverage.

As a people, Barbadians possess enough talent, ability, ingenuity, resourcefulness, drive, and ambition to move their country forward for their and their children’s benefit. By Barbadians, I mean all Barbadians living “on the rock”, and in the diasporic areas of Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and North America. Collaboration and co-operation among all Barbadians are extremely crucial elements in our drive towards maximization of our available resources. This definition of “Barbadian” is simple and innocent sounding on the surface, but when properly understood and applied, it can become a potent asset in our quest to find economic growth. For example, we have a massive food import bill at the moment. There are Barbadians living all over the world, who use their foreign currency to purchase goods and consumer items for Barbadians living in Barbados. This activity should be encouraged since it represents a situation in which foreign goods are flowing into Barbados, for Barbadians, without a commensurate drain on our foreign exchange. As long as barrels contain no drugs, weapons, and explosive materials, they should be moved swiftly through our ports, tax-free, into Barbadian households. The more, the merrier. Barbadians feeding and helping Barbadians at cheaper prices.

Developed countries constantly advertise shortages that exist in their professional, technical, and religious labour markets. The governments of these countries use favourable immigration policies and provide millions of job visas yearly in order to gain global access to scarce human talent. A new approach, in the areas of government and politics, must now emerge to find effective ways to carve out a niche market for Barbados in the provision of high level global human resources.

Additionally, the populations of first world countries now view the Caribbean as an exotic, idyllic region capable of titillating and satisfying their taste buds in the areas of sport, art, music, and international entertainment. These areas provide unlimited opportunities and earning potential for the successful Barbadian company and individual. In the international entertainment industry, our very own Rihanna is an excellent example. We, as Barbadians, can offer these populations more.

At present, our educational system is geared towards identifying those students who are good in English and Maths at age 11 and shepherding them towards the “older grammar” schools. The traditional media houses are routinely used to highlight the successes and dreams of a dozen or two of the top performers who are supposed to be headed for great things.

Five years later, many of those who did not gain entry into the “older grammar” schools, that is, those who attended the “Comprehensive” or “Newer Secondary Schools” are jettisoned from the secondary educational system. Perceived as “failures”, these 16 year-olds yearly add to a pool of unskilled, and unemployed Barbadians. This forever expanding pool of unemployed youths provides opportunities that are feasted upon by politicians, businesses, drug pushers, gun smugglers, sex abusers, rogues, thieves, and vagabonds. It is also developing into a dangerous social powder keg.

Some of these 16 year-olds, technically gifted from birth, relish the idea of getting an opportunity to study at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, but their dreams are shattered as “underperformers” and “failures” from the “older grammar” schools eat into some of the limited spaces available at the institution.

Seven years later, out of an original cohort of almost 4,000 students, about a dozen or two top performers (Barbados Scholars and Exhibitionists) are highlighted and praised by the traditional media, and then encouraged by the politicians and policymakers to go away and stay away. They do exactly that.

Certainly, our educational system is flawed, and needs to undergo some adjustments. Be that as it may, all of these adjustments would now have to be implemented against the background of a country severely crippled by massive debt, a government that is broke, an agriculturally demoralized nation resigning itself to a high food import bill which gnaws at scarce foreign exchange, and a rising tide of angry Barbadians now beginning to recognize the damage that has been done by excessive political greed and corruption.

As a starting point in the discussion related to laying down an educational framework to serve the employment interests of Barbados in the 21st century, I now take this opportunity to offer some recommendations:

Primary Education

· The 11+ exams in Maths and English should continue as basic exams for all students, but the format and scope of the testing should be broadened to include computer fundamentals, French, Spanish, Chinese, art, music, performing arts, and sports.

· Scores achieved in end-of-year exams in class at ages 9 and 10 should form part of the overall 11+ score.

· Tapes and videos should be used to assist with the teaching of conversational French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

· Student exchange visits to and from Cuba should be pursued. We should be looking to produce bi-lingual Barbadians by 2035

· Performances in Inter-Primary school competitions should be used as 11+ scores in sports and athletics.

· Emphasis should be placed on building confidence and beginning to create a sense of national self-worth at age 11.

Secondary Education (Boys and Girls separated to correct the Biller Miller catastrophic blunder)

· Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) should be accepting 11+ students, based heavily on scores in computer fundamentals, and maths.

· CXC exams mandatory for all students.

· SAT exams mandatory for all students.

· Exams needed to qualify students for entry into international technical colleges and universities should be mandatory at SJPP.

· Focus should be on getting as many students as possible on to the tertiary level of education.

Tertiary Education

· Excellent scores in SAT may create scholarship opportunities at universities and colleges in the USA and elsewhere

· Excellent performances in sports, art, and music may create scholarship opportunities at universities and colleges in the USA and elsewhere

· Non-scholarship students will seek entry into the University of the West Indies and their education will be paid for by the Government of Barbados.

· Emphasis on math, science, engineering, technology, business, and sports

· Focus should be on producing workers, athletes, and professional sportspersons for the global market.

How do we find work for our graduates?

Eleven short years after Christopher Columbus set sail for the New World, the Spaniards established at Seville in 1503, a Casa de Contratacion, which, in their language meant a House of Trade. In 2015, we must now apply the concept of a House of Trade to the purpose and function of our embassies. No longer should our ambassadors and senior members of their staff be allowed or encouraged to believe that their purpose in life is to rub shoulders with international diplomats as a means of satisfying their individual thirst for social status and recognition.

Barbadian embassies must now be transformed into national institutions which are constantly on the lookout for educational, athletic, trading, investment, and employment opportunities that can be grasped by Barbadians. For example, the Barbadian embassy in the USA should be spending a lot of its time encouraging and incentivizing Sagicor (a Barbadian-connected life insurance company operating in the USA) to access the talent of Barbadian actuaries, accountants, investment managers, risk managers and other support staff living in the USA and Canada. It should also be analyzing the USA demand for doctors, priests, certified public accountants, physiotherapists, and other professionals, and advising young Barbadians who to contact, what processes to initiate, and how to position themselves to compete for these jobs. Similar efforts should be made by our embassies or “High Commissions” in Canada and other Commonwealth countries, and Europe.

Finally, the government of Barbados has suddenly relinquished its responsibility to fund the tertiary education of Barbadians. To ease the heavy financial burden that has been placed upon government’s shoulders, some ingredients of a self-financing mechanism must be introduced into our educational system. Those students who receive governmental assistance, in order to move from secondary to tertiary education, will be required to sign a contract with the Government of Barbados before they begin university studies. These students will be tracked and required to pay a percentage of their earnings for the first 5 years of their working life after graduation, regardless of whatever country they are working in. These special payments will be earmarked for spending on tertiary education.

It would be in the interest of everyone concerned to ensure that young Barbadians gain access to a tertiary education, compete for global sustainable jobs after graduating from university, and compulsorily pay back into the system so that the next group of Barbadians following them can grasp opportunities and repeat the process.

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137 Comments on “Adjusting Our Educational System to Generate Sustainable Jobs for Barbadians”

  1. David September 2, 2015 at 5:10 PM #

    What is wrong with Providence determining how it wants to price its business?

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  2. Hants September 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM #

    @David,

    Did you read ” in the public interest ” by Roy Morris in Nationnews?

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  3. Hants September 2, 2015 at 5:31 PM #

    I did not post a link cause he got de legal poodles on stan by. lol

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  4. pieceuhderockyeahright September 2, 2015 at 5:42 PM #

    @ Artaxerxes

    I was not being serious with the words but them was flowing and … however on reviewing what you said I can accept your point.

    @ De Word

    To the substantive anew

    Of what Mr. Blackman has said, I will say that notwithstanding his definition, not every person born in Barbados, or naturalized, IS A BARBADIAN but the discussion on what makes a Barbadian is a long one and if one does not know, which is 95% of the population, then it is a moot exercise to discourse.

    What does “carve out a niche market for Barbados for the provision of high level global(ly competent) human resources” mean? in practice?

    The promoter of that topic and I both see eye to eye on the fact that the enabling environment is sadly lacking and the matrix that permits competent HR to create that environment is manned or “womaned” by incompetents.

    I am on record here as speaking to the woeful misalignment of our education system with anything that is meaningful for local regional or international consumption, I have in many other submissions said that barring Dr. Leonard Nurse the joint Co-Nobel Prize winner, and Rihanna/Robyn Fenty we have little else that speaks to “excellence” in the context of sterling contribution, and therefore while Anna Rappaport might have spoken to the Bajan ability to be easily assimilated, SHE AT NOT TIME SPOKE OF EXCELLENCE’

    Mr. Blackman’s submission speaks to the endemic mediocrity of our education system and while he does not expand too much on its ubiquitous impact, it does not take a braniac to see what this paucity has been.

    The very numbers employed in our civil service is testimony to the army of occupation mentality and practice. What do civil servants produce? Nuffin!! What do they manage? Everything AND BADLY!!

    But I move along as instructed per the substantive and I beg Mr. Blackman’s forgiveness if I am not too kindly in my constructive criticism.

    He says “Tapes and videos should be used to assist with the teaching…”

    You see why the ole man is so constantly at variance with many of these improved ideas? Tapes and videos, in an age when $236M was wasted on Edutech, in an age of whiteboards and VOIP, and Skype, we are reduced to “tapes and videos”

    That is not 21st century thinking however I again give my kudos to the definitive leap beyond the anachronism proposed by Grenville the Third.

    Barbados can be bilingual by 2023 IF we embraced the technology that is available BUT HOW CAN WE ACHIEVE THIS with an illiterati of a Minister of Edykashun Ronald WeJonesing and a society that has for 30 Galaxy 6 smart phones permitted the sale of FLOW TO SLIME.

    Wunna getting pun wunna high horses gain Stinkliar fuh upping university fees but in 5 years time IF WE DOAN DO SOMETHING BOUT UM, internet fuh de masses is goig to be a luxury like caviar!!

    “confidence and beginning to create a sense of national self-worth at age 11…” wunna ever watch TV and see them palestinians and Israeli Chilrun (are is reading?) at PHREKING 6?? Dem got more sense of nationality that 95 of our population at 60!!

    De Blogmaster will attest that the point about Bajan embassies being the active tentacles of our outreach to the world is something that I have long spoken of when I have given not so glowing commentaries on Jessica Odle and we Brazilian Ambassador Phillips and a few udders.

    You have just joined BU so I forgive you you lack of institutional history

    Wunna does talk bout this nuff but this is something that I used to do for years sot whereas fuh wunna this is theorizing de ole man dun get he hands nasty in the faeces of life

    Wunna still in the mindset of the government hiring 40 percent of the workforce, a so called ICT sector hiring 600 people, the private sector “doing their bit” and hiring 4% and they and the hotel sector which will be employing 56%, will be paying them the same 225/week that they were getting in 1975

    Any ways dis submission too long, I dun

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  5. Exclaimer September 2, 2015 at 5:54 PM #

    If you guys are serious about giving your children a good education I would suggest that you send them to one of the many high quality private schools that exist in Africa.

    Think about it. These children would be reintroduced to the birthplace of their ancestors. They will soak up the local culture and learn to identify with their African roots.

    Some will return to the Caribbean fortified with a sense of pride and belonging and will enrich Barbados on all levels. Whilst others will make a conscious decision to remain in Africa.

    Take a good look at the cost of attending private schools in Africa they are surprisingly very low and churn out high quality students.

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  6. Artaxerxes September 2, 2015 at 7:12 PM #

    The education system proposed by Walter has some similarities to the system currently used by China, although there are some mandatory aspects included in the Chinese model. For example, “in 1986 the Chinese government passed a compulsory education law, making nine years of education mandatory for all Chinese children.”

    I believe any change in our education system must involve a continuous process for the professional development of teachers.

    According to China Education Center Ltd., China has a consistent teacher development system that thoroughly prepares teachers in their subject matter, and prospective teachers, as part of their training, spend time in classrooms of experienced teachers observing teaching techniques. Once employed by a school, those teachers are subject to system of induction and continuous professional development.

    The Chinese system is divided into pre-school, primary and secondary and higher education. In urban areas, the pre-school education caters for children from 1 to 3 years old. The kindergartens “combine childcare with teaching so that the children will develop physically, morally, intellectually and aesthetically in a harmonious way to get ready for their formal school education.

    This is quite the opposite in Barbados, since many kindergartens serve primarily as day care centers and many of the “Aunties” employed do not have academic training in child development. Nor are they trained to deal with children suffering with conditions such as eczema.

    Someone I knew infant daughter, who had eczema, attended a kindergarten where the “aunties” scorned her. The lack of attention caused this little girl to become withdrawn. Her mother enrolled her in another kindergarten where the “aunties” were trained, some in the USA. This girl’s demeanor changed from being withdrawn individual to an active individual.

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  7. Artaxerxes September 2, 2015 at 7:12 PM #

    There are some students who, because they have the requisite qualifications required for entry into UWI, decide to pursue what in my opinion are “easy degrees” just for the sake of saying they attended and graduated from university with a degree.

    For example, graduates may complain that after graduating, they have been experiencing difficulties finding a job even though they are degree qualified.
    Then people would sympathize with the graduates’ plight and may conclude it’s a waste of time attending university, because after 4 years of study many people are unable to find employment.

    However, what many of these graduates fail to tell their sympathizers is that they pursue BSc degrees such as Political Science and Psychology, Political Science and French, Political Science and History, Political Science and History or Political Science and Philosophy, but applied for positions in positions in management, finance, accounting, etc., even though their degrees does not necessarily qualify them for those jobs.

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  8. de Ingrunt Word September 2, 2015 at 7:18 PM #

    Ok Pieces, proper presentation so leh we get ” [the] hands nasty. In my case mainly theorizing as I did not nor do I work in education.

    First up, I sorta mentally ‘upgraded’ certain remarks made by Mr Blackman which were clearly ‘dated’. So, for example, that one one you touched on re using “Tapes and videos” is at least 40+ years old in terms of use in schools. That was mentally upgraded to the need for comprehensive use of technology in all its forms.

    I am shocked though that you can cite only Dr. Nurse and Rihanna as the only two Bajans of excellence. Come on Pieces your blue and gold definitely too prominent there. You don’t have to be a world acclaimed artist or award winner to be striving and achieving excellence.

    Every year hundreds of kids max out and get top grades in some of their CXC or CAPE. They may not win a national scholarship but many of them go on to achieve stupendous success in careers, discovering innovative stuff, reaching the peak of sporting superiority or making the lives of others so much better. Excellence comes in various sizes and shapes, senor.

    I’ll leave with this time stamp.

    I left school back in the day when the cadet corps was a big deal. A CUO was a maguffy at school and the CSUO was ‘de man’: as much hot stuff as the Head Boy. So too was much respect given to all other senor positions like QMS etc. That level of excellence was matched to academics closely in some cases and in some cases not so much, but it was about confidence, awareness of self and all those things touched on previously.

    And back then, a cadre of young men -and a few women too – was able to translate that hallmark of excellence into coveted commissions at Sandhurst and other top military academies…all of them Commanders, Majors or Colonels and now respected business men and entrepreneurs …

    They all started their sustainable education journeys as 11 – 12 year old lads when they first fell in love with the military and became very good at the craft.

    That is the basic concept of this education discourse from the author: start early and seek excellence wherever your skills and talents take you, whether academics, sport, craftsmanship, music or whatever.

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  9. Dompey September 2, 2015 at 8:31 PM #

    Artax

    Why do you think that a degree is easy because one doesn’t obtain his/her degree in a math related field such as a: MBA, Accounting and Financial law etc? Here in America people who possessed a Master’s Degree in Accounting cannot teach because such degree doesn’t meet the prerequisite standard for teaching, so the same can be said the other way around as well.

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  10. Dompey September 2, 2015 at 8:49 PM #

    Correction: I should have said that one cannot teach at the high school level here in America with a Master’s Degree in Accounting because such degree does not meet prerequisite standard on this level here.

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  11. Artaxerxes September 2, 2015 at 9:37 PM #

    Educational Requirements for Becoming a Teacher in the USA
    [SOURCE: study.com/educational_requirements_for_becoming_a _teacher.html]

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    In order to teach preschool, the student must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. To teach K – 12th grade, the student needs a BACHELOR’S DEGREE. In the case of public schools, the teacher must possess a BACHELOR’S DEGREE and also be licensed as a teacher in the state where they live. The teaching license will either qualify the instructor to teach a range of grades or a specific subject. For an individual to teach at the majority of 4-year colleges, they must hold a doctoral degree.

    Preschool teacher requirements vary by state, employer and the source of funding for the program. A few programs require only a high school diploma or associate’s degree, but most require a BACHELOR’S DEGREE in child development or early childhood education. Some programs may require a national Child Development Association (CDA) credential.

    Kindergarten and Elementary Teacher: Public school teachers must have a BACHELOR’S DEGREE in elementary education. An elementary license allows a teacher to teach kindergarten through sixth grade in most states. A future teacher must also complete a supervised practicum or student teaching internship. SOME STATES ALSO REQUIRE A TEACHER TO EARN A MASTER’S DEGREE WITHIN A SPECIFIED TIME AFTER BEGINNING TEACHING. Since elementary teachers instruct in all subjects, they take classes in math, reading, science and social studies methods.

    Middle School Teacher: A public middle school teacher must have a BACHELOR’S DEGREE in childhood education and complete a student teaching internship. A middle school license usually allows the teacher to teach grades five through eight. Most middle school teachers must have a certain number of credit hours in the subject area they wish to teach. This subject area may be indicated as an endorsement on their teaching certificate. Areas of endorsement include language arts, math, science, physical education, foreign language and special education.

    Secondary Teacher: Teachers in public secondary schools must have earned a BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN THE SUBJECT THEY ARE GOING TO TEACH, AS WELL AS COMPLETING A PROGRAM OF STUDY IN SECONDARY EDUCATION.

    Secondary school teaching licenses qualify teachers to teach up through grade 12 but may include some middle school grades. Some high schools may look for teachers with MASTER’S DEGREES. High schools hire teachers in core academic areas and the fine and applied arts.

    Post secondary Teacher: Teachers at a 4-year university or college usually need a doctoral degree in the subject they will be teaching. Universities and colleges SOMETIMES HIRE teachers with a MASTER’S DEGREE FOR PART-TIME POSITIONS. COMMUNITY COLLEGES typically require a MASTER’S DEGREE for most full-time positions. Vocational and technical colleges require a bachelor’s degree in the subject of instruction

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  12. Artaxerxes September 2, 2015 at 10:04 PM #

    Dompey, anta ghabi

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  13. Dompey September 3, 2015 at 4:56 AM #

    Artax

    I do not know where you’re ascertaining your information on the internet from, but I have noticed that you haven’t cited any source in regards to the information you’re feeding others here.

    Now, I stand by my statement that someone who possesses a Master’s Degree in Accounting cannot teach at the Secondary school level here in the states.

    And also ask anyone who has a child in middle-school or high – school in this country, I have two in high-school and two in middle-school, if in order to teach at these two levels that I have alluded to above: the high school and Middle-school levels, if one doesn’t require to has a bachelor degree initially, but be in the process of completing his or her Master’s in order to teach?

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  14. David September 3, 2015 at 5:01 AM #

    Are we able to desist from derailing the discussion by discussing the qualifications of a teacher in the US? Who the hell cares in the context of the discussion?

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  15. Dompey September 3, 2015 at 5:05 AM #

    Excuse my slight grammatical error at the bottom of my statement; it’s too early to respond to foolishness.

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  16. Artaxerxes September 3, 2015 at 5:31 AM #

    Artaxerxes September 2, 2015 at 9:37 PM #
    Educational Requirements for Becoming a Teacher in the USA
    [SOURCE: study.com/educational_requirements_for_becoming_a _teacher.html]

    Dompey you are such a jackass, I quoted the source at the beginning of my contribution.

    It just goes to show that your main purpose logging on to BU is to criticize certain contributors without bringing anything of substance to the blog, only criticism and written abuse.

    You wrote you were born in 1966, but judging from your behaviour on BU, it seems more like 2006.

    @ David

    I agree with your comments re: “Are we able to desist from derailing the discussion by discussing the qualifications of a teacher in the US? Who the hell cares in the context of the discussion?”

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  17. David September 3, 2015 at 5:35 AM #

    @Artax

    The point is that our willingness to become sidetracked from priorities is symptomatic of what is wrong at the national level. Successful individuals, companies, countries are those who have a focus on what has to be done to move the bar UP!

    We need to put on our game face in the face of what confronts us.

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  18. Dompey September 3, 2015 at 5:51 AM #

    Artax

    Any fool can go on the internet and download information to support his or her specific argument, but it doesn’t mean anything.

    But the truth of the matter is the requirement for licensing is bachelor’s degree in specific areas like math, chemistry, or history, as well as a teacher preparation program.

    Artax, here is the meat of the matter: most states also require high school and middle school teachers earn a master’s degree to remain in the classroom.

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  19. Artaxerxes September 3, 2015 at 6:13 AM #

    David September 3, 2015 at 5:35 AM #

    “The point is that our willingness to become sidetracked from priorities is symptomatic of what is wrong at the national level.”

    Once again I agree with your comments, because we have a tendency to allow “outsiders” who do not have anything of substantial value to offer to influence our thinking by introducing irrelevant nonsense into the “discussion.”

    In actuality, however, I don’t give a shiite about the teaching requirements in America, because it’s of no help to me or Barbados. And as such, I will confine my contributions to the topic of this article.

    Point taken, David. I abhor pompous, stupid people who pretend to be knowledgeable. They irritate me.

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  20. David September 3, 2015 at 6:18 AM #

    @Artax

    oftentimes what individuals say and do speak for itself, no intervention required.

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  21. ac September 3, 2015 at 7:44 AM #

    Since this thread seemed to have digress from its originality I would like to bring attention to the disaster in Dominica and praise all the small islandl nations who have stepped forward delivering with deeds of kindness. Also I am disturbed by the small portion of monetary funds the US aid has provided in the sum of fifty thousand dollars a country which by all means can do better and could have seize this opportune time to be more benevolent its action
    What can fifty thousand do for a nation who is already economically depressed and needs strength not in words but in action by wealthy countries who can do better . So far China has one of those countries who have given financial assistance in the amount of three hundred thousand US with a pledge to do more say what one wishes to say about China its efforts to give might be tied to conditions however one cannot overlook the differences of benevolence especially from the U S a country to which small nations pledge loyalty

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  22. pieceuhderockyeahright September 3, 2015 at 8:13 AM #

    @ Artaxerxes, the Blogmaster is right for two reasons

    Your counter, which definitively shows what prerequisites are, IN IRRELEVANT CLIMES, points out the ignoramus’ lack of any grounded information in the subject matter at hand.

    You have to be careful that, like a moth attracted to the flame, you do not become an Icarus.

    @ De Ingrunt Word

    I spoke, tongue in cheek when I said the word “excellence”.

    I was being sarcastic not to you particularly but to the bajan psyche in general, because we seem only to define “excellence” in the attendant popularity, so names like Stedson Babb, Gryner, and Suki, would not have the popular renown as Arturo Tappin etc.

    We have unspoken “rungs” and classifications and degrees of accomplishment which, irrespective of our respective modalities of formal and informal “education” have crafted a nation of posturers who don’t understand what the methodology and curriculum of our educations has to be AND COMMENSURATELY, CANNOT THEREFORE PEGS SUCH AGAINST SUSTAINABLE EMPLOY (note that i did not say jobs)

    The lady who sells food just outside Sandy Lane is one of the most successful restauranteers in Barbados BUT, ACCORDING TO OUR COLLECTIVE PEGGING CALIBRATION, she is not accorded the same value to an aspiring Bajan graduate from the Culinary Unit at the Hotel Cooking School as Cheffette.

    In fact, when that young graduate is seeking employment, the thought of alternative self-employment, IF IT EVER ENTERS INTO THEIR HEAD, does not register a Sandy Lane type operation (and if it did that person was going to go and set up their business directly opposite that SL enterprise)

    I will briefly speak to the instance of duplication that besieges the bajan mentality, you selling food successfully and I come to the same spot and start selling (snowcones, hotdog carts, coconuts, pig tails, corn) this is why we have the greatest density of lawyers in the world!!

    Education, rather proper education, of the type that Bush Tea is speaking, ant that Mr. Blackman skirts, translates itself into “self actuation”.

    Under such a revamped education system, an unemployed graduate student of UWI, with a BSc in Electronics can look to developing some type of solution for praedial larceny or a Marine Biologist Professor pair up with a Phd graduate in Engineering and develop a solution for the sargassum weed that clogs our shorelines every year.

    You feeling me?

    Agility in thought and action instead of the Walking PHVCKING Death that stalks our nation of daylight immune vampires that we have become waiting for Two Sons to come and carry the hardened corpses of the currently mobile corpses to Westbury

    Change or Die!!

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  23. pieceuhderockyeahright September 3, 2015 at 8:16 AM #

    By the way that is Sargassum muticum an invasive brown seaweed that has recently found its way to the shores of Ireland.

    Do a google search of edible seaweed and see what living people with proper education systems are doing

    I dun

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  24. pieceuhderockyeahright September 3, 2015 at 8:18 AM #

    I started that post time stamped at 8.13 at 5.37 am this morning

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  25. David September 3, 2015 at 8:59 AM #

    @PUDRYR

    You are correct we don’t respect micro business. In Jamaica and many of the islands they do. If we can find a way to marry our ‘order’ and the non traditional way of doing business.

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  26. de Ingrunt Word September 3, 2015 at 9:23 AM #

    I am felling you Pieces. My only disagreement with your presentations is that I don’t interpret that Blackaman “skirts” your and Bushie’s perspective of education. In fact sir, his commentary in my view went directly to the core of the “self activation” and too “self actuation” you mention.

    We all fall into the trap of reading and almost automatically bringing to bear our already well formed ideas to the subject. This often causes us to say the very same thing as the author but in a very different way which at first blush may appear to be in dissonance but in fact is on the same continuum.

    With respect to the bastardization to Mr. Maslow’s concepts I would suggest that we can’t self actuate (in his needs scale) unless of course we cover some of the earlier fundamental stages. Blackman’s notes spoke to that fundamental stage what I previously termed self activation (not ‘actuation’) .

    Blackman’s base level concepts of what education must do highlights both in a simple but profound way. When he states that “The 11+ exams in Maths and English should continue… but the format … broadened to include computer fundamentals, French, Spanish.. Chinese, art, music, performing arts, and sports” he is demanding that we act to cover or bases better and in so doing prepare ourselves to soar to great heights of education of the mind, body and soul.

    His point goes to the core of your and Bushie’s ‘education definition’ when he emphatically states, “· Emphasis should be placed on building confidence and beginning to create a sense of national self-worth at age 11.”

    Couple that with, “Focus should be on producing workers, athletes, and professional sportspersons for the global market” and tell me where is the dissonance between his concepts and the highfalutin prose from Bushie.

    He is not speaking only of a ‘job’ or ’employment’ but the self worth and confidence to make your mark wherever your skills, talents and intuition take you; and developing that from 11+ right through your youth and early adulthood. The traits which empowered those who embody your Sandy Lane and Sargassum to food examples.

    Different points on the same continuum Pieces.

    It was Observer I believe who spoke of how different we interpret things here and I wholeheartedly agreed then and now.

    We can agree or disagree with Blackman but his comments, in my interpretation, were very comprehensive on education as a base construct and also as a ‘self actuation’ concept. Mr Bush Tea simply offered a perspective which focused principally on the high end ‘self actuation’. Everything he said simply reinforced Blackman’s comments.

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  27. pieceuhderockyeahright September 3, 2015 at 9:32 AM #

    @ The Venerable Blogmaster

    I glad dat you mention Jamaica.

    Jes de udder day all uh we heah in de Caribbean did laughing bout how Portia cyan talk a lick, and dat she wasnt de political equal to that fellow Holness…

    Evey body talk bout she malapropisms but, wunna check recently? whu dat umman who ent know bout Chaucer or Saucer, wunna check whu she country doing?

    Wunna check the enabling environment for microbusiness en ting?

    Here is whu by de definition of our educational system, is a ingrunt woman a graduate of a “limited Residence and distance learning institute – Union Institute and University – competing with and completely obliterating a clown who is a PC, QC, MP and a graduate of the University of the West Indies!!

    Wunna unnerstan’ de ole man pints? (I did not say points, we is in de rum shop)

    Education, in its optimal setting, brings agility in strategy for self, for community, for nation but therein comes the difference between those whose education is effective and those who jes’ “bright”

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  28. de Ingrunt Word September 3, 2015 at 9:43 AM #

    David, is it that we don’t respect micro businesses or that they are difficult to control and therefore tax or otherwise manage because some slip in and out so easily.

    I ate some food from a micro business one day and a few hours later, as we say I puked like a dog. The only link to my upset system was the food. I simply rode the storm – thankfully wasn’t some fatal food poisoning – and never ate there again.

    Yes, I could have had the same experience from a Chefette or McDonalds but of course the repercussions are vastly different re enforcement from Health Authorities and so on.

    When micro businesses play by the rules of engagement they prosper and are respected.

    However, they often flout the laws and then cry foul when they are sanctioned. No respect due.

    Did anyone say mini-bus culture!

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  29. Walter Blackman September 3, 2015 at 10:16 AM #

    pieceuhderockyeahright September 2, 2015 at 5:42 PM #
    “I beg Mr. Blackman’s forgiveness if I am not too kindly in my constructive criticism.

    He says “Tapes and videos should be used to assist with the teaching…”

    You see why the ole man is so constantly at variance with many of these improved ideas? Tapes and videos, in an age when $236M was wasted on Edutech, in an age of whiteboards and VOIP, and Skype, we are reduced to “tapes and videos”

    That is not 21st century thinking however I again give my kudos to the definitive leap beyond the anachronism proposed by Grenville the Third.”

    pieceuhderockyeahright,
    This topic is not a calculus problem with a unique solution, so all comments, questions, and criticisms are wholeheartedly welcome.
    Whenever I write for public consumption, the limitation of space and time forces me to reflect upon almost every word and phrase I employ. Am I getting over my message to the reader clearly and coherently?
    I spent quite a few minutes on the phrase “adjusting our educational system” which helps to form the topic of this article.
    I did not want to create the impression that our educational system is totally useless and should be destroyed and replaced by something brand new.
    Human beings do not rush to welcome revolutionary change. Au contraire, many people fear it, so there are practical considerations involved . Donna understood this very well when she asked readers not to be too hard on me.
    On the other hand, I do not believe that a little touch up here and there would get the job done either.
    Not surprisingly, some readers view my attempt as simply “patching”. Others hint at the need for a full revolutionary approach. In between these two extremes, other readers, like de Ingrunt Word, appear to have grasped the meaning I meant to convey.

    In the area of foreign languages, I highlighted Spanish and Chinese as two languages we should consider learning to speak. We can easily get our children to Cuba and the Dominican Republic, but China is a different kettle of fish. If we are going to be effective, we need to teach these languages in a conversational format – hearing, seeing, speaking, and interacting. All of the technology that is available to assist us now in this area, and that will be available in the future, will have to give participants the ability to hear, see, speak and interact with each other. This idea I tried to get over through the use of the phrase “tapes and videos”. I did not plan on having you think literally about 8-track or beta max tapes, and a VCR. That is certainly “old school”.

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  30. Raw Bake September 3, 2015 at 11:02 AM #

    Adjusting Our Educational System to Generate Sustainable Jobs for Barbadians

    (~_~)

    However honourable, must me always be glorified hewers of wood and drawers of water?

    How about:
    Adjusting Our Educational System to Generate Sustainable Barbadian Businesses

    As far as I know Barbados is the only place in the world that produces Bajans, albeit declining and diluted, but Bajan nevertheless. Until the education system acknowlege and embrace this small fact, we can produce as many highly skilled drones as we like; Barbados will remain at sqaure one simply because those highly skilled drones can be produced elsewhere for far less and in greater quantities.

    Bajan To The World!

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  31. David September 3, 2015 at 11:21 AM #

    @Dee Word

    You had one bad experience and…?

    In Latin America, Jamaica, DR and a few others micro segment is integrated into mainstream decision making. In Barbados it is not the case and there is a view we need to tweak how we deliver education content in schools and other entities responsible.

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  32. pieceuhderockyeahright September 3, 2015 at 1:39 PM #

    @ Exclaimer

    With regard to the first story is is just testimony that while these things are being done ovah and away, we are seemingly clueless or in the mode of “follow de leadah, leedah, leedah.. as our calypso-esque natures seem to drive us.

    With regard to the second story, I see that you and Hants are friends and like encouraging de ole man to be a lesbian en like womens bad…

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  33. Hants September 3, 2015 at 2:09 PM #

    @Pieceuhderock,

    At least I have been warning you when tings are “dangerous.”

    Did you see what David posted in the Diaspora blog ? Bottoms in de road.

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  34. de Ingrunt Word September 3, 2015 at 2:57 PM #

    No David it was not the one bad experience in the least. The point was that that type of business can skirt the social rules that the big players cannot.

    I use ‘micro businesses’ often.

    As noted when the small businesses play by the rules there are few problems but obviously there often seems to be a perception that small means lack of excellence or lack of meeting certain standards by some of the owners.

    I would agree with you that micro businesses may not always be treated with the respect due them but that is partly their fault as it is the government.

    As in all aspects of life there is power in numbers so collectively they can harness their energy and work in conjunction with their SBA etc.

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  35. pieceuhderockyeahright September 3, 2015 at 4:13 PM #

    @ Hants,

    David doan encourage me in dose tings, he is a Honourable Blogmaster en does not contribute to the enthrallment of ole menses on de udder hand dere is dose who ….

    I wonder if Harold Hoyte and dem fellows does come here and look at the ideas and possibilities dat wunna brite fellows does recommend??

    He wunt be looking at de ole man suggestions causing (i) de ole man got lascivious thoughts and me mout nasty an (ii) I does doan say nice tings bout Vivianne Newspaper formerly his.

    But I wunda if dem fellows does jes cum and see de blog dat got all de politicians frighten dat on day coming soon de Blogmaster gine publish a voice message or a recording or a video or a nex cheque dat dem get cut fuh graft and kickbacks?

    You know if I did an ingrunt fellow like We Jonesing, not dat I ent ingrunt but not like we jonesing, i wud sneak heah in de deah of the night when de blogmaster supposed to be sleep and go through these articles from fellahs like Blackman, Artaxerxes, Hants, Bush Tea, Gabriel, SSS, SS but not A(s)Sie nor asinus, and tek notes and den get de PS tuh write a paper bout um and den go into parliament and talk like if whu i say is mine

    But den mos of all do um.

    Now follow dis, effing fuh 7 years dem ent do a pang and dem know dat dem gine all get vote out, INCLUDING ST JOHN, wudnt it mek sense tuh do sumting dat gine at least save one seat??

    I gine axe de Blogmaster ef de ole man right tuh say dat dem does come peeking around and does be copying and Pasting whu dem brite fellows say

    When de police no longer visit your site and de legal threats doan come no mo’ it does be eider dat dem realised dat you isnt gine away or dat dem planning a nex big foot move…

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  36. Walter Blackman September 3, 2015 at 10:42 PM #

    Artaxerxes September 1, 2015 at 9:15 AM #
    @ Walter

    “Some students may be fortunate enough to gain scholarships and pursue qualifications in areas that will benefit the development of Barbados. But after graduating they are confronted with the reality that they are no employment opportunities available to them here.”

    Artaxerxes,
    You have commingled two concepts here, so let us separate the two strands.

    Strand 1: Many students gain scholarships and pursue qualifications in many areas that would undoubtedly benefit the development of Barbados. That is a fact.

    I hate to lean on personal experience here, but it is the quickest method I can use to get over the point.

    I was awarded a fellowship by the OAS to study a masters in actuarial science because the OAS, the World Bank, and the IMF believed that a Barbadian should be trained at that level to provide expertise to the NIS of Barbados as the system matured.
    I was working in the budget department of the Ministry of Finance, and Mr. Michael Parris was my boss at the time. Although, I had only studied maths up to ‘O’ level at Combermere, I attacked my post-graduate studies with a sense of confidence and determination. So much so, that I was the only student at the University of Nebraska to receive an A in Social Security the year I studied it.

    We had no actuaries and no exam centre in Barbados at the time, so thinking ahead, I approached the Society of Actuaries and enquired if I could take the actuarial professional exams on my return to Barbados. If I managed to pass a professional exam before leaving the USA, the Society promised to establish a test centre in Barbados. I passed my exam, and by doing so, succeeded in getting Bridgetown established as a test centre so that other Barbadians coming after me would enjoy the privilege of taking their actuarial professional exams at home.

    Strand 2: After graduation, these students are confronted with the reality that there are no employment opportunities available TO THEM here.

    The Tom Adams administration was midway in its second term of office when I returned to Barbados, and the first thing I noticed was the extent to which the working environment in the Ministry of Finance had changed. Mr. Parris had moved on to become company secretary of the Arawak Cement Plant. Mr. Erskine Griffith was now saddled with the opportunity of charting my professional career. I was not a member of any political party.
    To make a long story short, Mr. Griffith placed me in an acting position (reviewing letters written by Barbadians seeking a waiver of duties and taxes) which rewarded me with an acting allowance of $30 per month. All of my attempts to secure employment in government in areas related to my chosen profession (NIS, Insurance Corporation of Barbados, Supervisor of Insurance Office) were systematically blocked and thwarted. Eventually, Mr. Griffith had me transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture.

    Clearly, Mr. Griffith, as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, had his own handpicked list of “experts” to assist the Government of Barbados with its handling of financial matters. Personally, over the course of about 30 years, Mr. Griffith rose to giddying heights (Director of Finance and Planning, Head of the Civil Service, a diplomatic posting in Brussels, BLP senator, and Minister of Agriculture in the Owen Arthur administration). Is it possible that that ministerial posting contributed to Owen Arthur’s downfall?

    Now take a few seconds and contrast the rise of Mr. Griffith with the fortunes of the government’s financial sector. Start by mentally recalling the annual Auditor-General’s reports that point to a pervasive, repetitive and sickening breach of government’s financial regulations, dwell for a moment on the scandalous and corrosive CLICO robbery and the complicit behavior of the various actors involved, then think seriously about the millions of taxpayers’ dollars that ought to have ended up in the Treasury, but didn’t. Think also about the millions of dollars that should have never left the Treasury, but did. Ponder on the low probability of you getting an NIS pension, because in actual fact, the politicians and senior civil servants have ensured that no actuary has been aligned to the NIS long enough to raise the hue and cry over the rape and wastage of mandatory contributions paid by Barbadian workers.

    Barbados has not reached this blighted predicament by accident. We are here because thousands had to suffer so that a few individuals, who really “ain’t worth what Paddy shot it”, could establish a system to suit their selfish and short-sighted purposes. Some employment opportunities exist in Barbados, but they are deliberately blocked off until the “right” person can be handpicked.

    Artaxerxes, I was only 28 years old when I came up against this iniquitous system in Barbados for the first time. Although quite young, I rationalized that it was not me alone that was being victimized. There had to be thousands more suffering the same fate. This rationalization enabled me to keep my sanity, if nothing else. Sometimes, I detect a slight hint of disgust blended with frustration in your writing, and that deep aching pain of long ago comes rushing back to haunt and mock me. Maybe, its about time that all of us Barbadians who have been “unfaired” by this system start thinking about doing something about it.

    A country being run in this way can never prosper. My instincts tell me that a backlash is certainly coming.

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  37. David September 3, 2015 at 11:08 PM #

    @Walter

    This comment merits pride of place on the blog, what do you think?

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  38. pieceuhderockyeahright September 4, 2015 at 4:53 AM #

    @ Mr. Walter Blackman

    De ole man read that twice and concur with the Blogmaster.

    This is the Unfolding and Testimony that is needed, this is the Madame Defarge “Je t’accuse” with logical, rational reasoned dispassionate commentary that is needed for us to first uncover the treason of these negrocrats and thereafter for us to put mechanisms in place that say ” never again!,”

    We have to come to the national altar of sacrifice and, without fear and without apology tell our story like it is, name names and let the cards fall where they may

    I am sure tha men like Griffith will be vengeful of this public indictment but you know what at the end of the day we have to dismantle the endemic mindset that pervades our cuntry where grudge full mindedness and myopia debars any type of activity that is for the good of nation progressing because negrocrats wish to get at the man.

    Men, rather treasonous men, like Griffith needs to be held accountable, and a plural noun is used because he are not, are being reflexively used as in WeJonesing, he are not alone

    Rome was not built in a day and the state of affairs that we now find ourselves in did not pop up overnight but was bred by the relentless actions of small (minded) actors like The Griffiths, inces Jones’, Tudors

    They need to be held accountable and in the absence of such blamed and shamed. At the end of the day these enemies of the state must realize that history will tear down the monuments of their despotism when it comes to light

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  39. Bush Tea September 4, 2015 at 7:49 AM #

    @ Walter
    Skippa
    YOU IS DE MAN!
    It is Barbados’s loss that you did not get the opportunity, back when you were on VOB call-in as a moderator, to start something going….

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  40. Bush Tea September 4, 2015 at 7:59 AM #

    @ Piece
    Griffith has always come across as a Dompey-type.
    The REAL villain is Owing…. who, under the guise of ‘inclusiveness’ installed clueless dummies to facilitate his personal fetishes.
    The Wilkinsons, Shoreys, Fields, “Chicken-feed” Supervisor of Insurance …and a long list of other questionable characters were installed for reasons that were CLEARLY not related to national interests…… while the COMMYsongs and other so called ‘free spirits’ were easily brought out with trinklets….

    Bushie still feel that Walter should have started something back then, but on second thoughts, before BU was able to level the playing field ..those thugs were COMPLETELY running things bout here….

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  41. Artaxerxes September 4, 2015 at 8:00 AM #

    @ Walter

    “Ponder on the low probability of you getting an NIS pension, because in actual fact, the politicians and senior civil servants have ensured that no actuary has been aligned to the NIS long enough to raise the hue and cry over the rape and wastage of mandatory contributions paid by Barbadian workers.”

    Walter, after reading the above comments I realized that you are correct in your assertion “that no actuary has been aligned to the NIS.” Additionally, although that department employs a long list of people with professional qualifications, I often wonder why the NI operates in an unprofessional manner and renders inadequate services by staff who act unprofessionally.

    Your comments relative to your experiences working in the civil service reminded me of a discriminatory experience I had when I worked in the service. I too was young when I was employed as the assistant accountant of a government department. When the administration changed 1986, the accountant was terminated and I acted as accountant for more than two years.

    Because I performed my functions in adherence and within the guidelines of government’s financial rules (I used “in adherence and “within the guidelines” purposely to emphasize my point), I was confronted with difficulties from management.

    Usually, when government departments advertise a post, one of the requirements would be that the applicant must have the requisite qualifications and acting in the position for 5 years.
    When management advertised the post of accountant, they deviously included that the applicant must have at least 10 years experience, because they knew I had 5 years experience, thereby eliminating me from the application process.

    The interviews were just a matter of formality because an individual, who was related to a DLP politician, was given the job. The government’s financial rules were breached to accommodate this individual, so that they could benefit from a car loan and travelling allowance. Although that individual was qualified, they were unable to efficiently perform the required functions. The individual resigned and I was once again requested to act in the position, until another DLP “affiliate” was brought in for the job.

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  42. Artaxerxes September 4, 2015 at 8:06 AM #

    Piece, I don’t know how I get pun you gravitar t’ing, yuh.

    You in a class by you self, you is a top drawer man, while I, according to Dompey, is a shiite bucket. So, tek me off before de peele t’ink dat you and me is de same body.

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  43. pieceuhderockyeahright September 4, 2015 at 8:26 AM #

    @ Artaxerxes

    I am not sure what you meant by the Gravatar remark, please explain

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  44. Artaxerxes September 4, 2015 at 8:51 AM #

    @ Piece

    I found out what happened. When I posted my contribution your website page was attached. My name appeared in red at the top of the contribution. When I clicked on it, it went to your page as shown below.

    “http://en.gravatar.com/pieceuhderockyeahright”

    I rectified the problem.

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  45. Walter Blackman September 4, 2015 at 9:01 AM #

    David September 3, 2015 at 11:08 PM #
    @Walter

    “This comment merits pride of place on the blog, what do you think?”

    David,
    I think the blog merits pride of place in our national collective effort to arouse Barbadians from their civic slumber. Hopefully, one day your Herculean efforts will get the reward and recognition they truly deserve. For now, I urge you to keep soldiering on.

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  46. de Ingrunt Word September 4, 2015 at 10:16 AM #

    To Mr Blackman and his remarks, “Barbados has not reached this blighted predicament by accident… Maybe, its about time that all of us Barbadians who have been “unfaired” by this system start thinking about doing something about it” we can say a loud AMEN.

    Having not reached this state under one BLP or DLP group or one cadre of senior civil servants or judges it certainly will take concerted effort and a lot more exposes from a few more like Walter Blackman to move the country in a different direction.

    As has been said here before the BU medium is an extremely powerful and dangerous tool that can incite that movement.

    Let’s hope the next few years are filled with the type Cahill exposes seen here and that a book of infelicities can be written based on the testimonies of Mr Blackman (CLICO and here) and his like minded colleagues.

    @ Pieces, “They need to be held accountable and in the absence of such blamed and shamed”. That will be a hard road to hoe. This little jab here by Walter will not affect the standing or assault the mental awareness of men like Griffith one iota.

    There needs to be continued comprehensive exposes, say for example a ‘Boys in the Band’ type with irrefutable details hitting these guys hard. Even then it’s just a dent in their retirement movementations but still very useful going forward.

    Long road to hoe… But excellent commentary. I endorse the blogmaster’s remarks.

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  47. David September 4, 2015 at 10:33 AM #

    Wasn’t the last Stephen Alleyne not associated with the NIS before he died?

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  48. Simple Simon September 4, 2015 at 12:24 PM #

    @Walter Blackman “SAT exams mandatory for all students.”

    Not so fast Walter. First you have to explain why every student should take the SAT

    Since the SAT is only required by U.S. universities (not required by UWI, BCC, SJPP, nor by the British and Canadian universites where most of our students go) and since fewer than 5% of Bajan students will go to U.S. universities why should every student take the SAT?

    It costs $54.59 USD to take the SAT plus $35.00 USD international processing fee. Since we have a cohort of 4,000 students it would cost $89.59 USD per year per student; or $179.18 Barbados per year per student; or $716,720 Barbados per year. I don’t think that we should pour nearly three quarters of a million Barbados dollars per year into the coffers of the College Board which owns the SAT.

    https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/intl-services-fees

    I think that there are better ways to spend this $716,720 per year.

    For example and assuming that we do indeed have an extra $716,720 per year we could spend it on:

    Fiction and non-fiction books for elementary aged children. If each of our 60 elementary school received an extra 179.00 BDS per year per student and if they were compelled to buy and circulate these books I believe that we would see a difference. We could even mandate that half of that money is spent with Caribbean publishers, or books by Caribbean authors or with Caribbean themes.

    $89.59 USD per year would buy about 4 books per elementary aged child. If we bought them in bulk we could get discounts of up to 40% so maybe 6 new books per child per year.

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  49. Artaxerxes September 4, 2015 at 12:24 PM #

    @ David

    As I can recall, (bearing in mind that my comments are subject to correction), Stephen Alleyne served as the deputy chairman of the NIS between 1994 and 2005. He was subsequently appointed as chairman of the Sub-Committee on Pension Reform, which successfully developed and implemented significant reforms of this island’s social security system, in an effort to ensure its financial viability.

    At that time, the NIS actuary was a Mr. Richard Nunez.

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  50. pieceuhderockyeahright September 4, 2015 at 12:58 PM #

    @ Artaxerxes

    I too as an older man wish to employ the disclaimer as you have “that my comments are subject to correction” and would ask those more knowledgeable than I to remark on the “successful development and implementation” of the Social Security System insofar as to the engagement and use of LatCapital as the SAP certified company from Florida and the resulting inoperative system with its annually licensed seats at 22% of the value of the software.

    Was not Mr. Steven Alleyne the person put in charge of CWC2007 and is it not he of whom it was said the ** would call at nights to curse regarding the BCL fiasco and that such stress was the cause of his untimely demise?

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  51. Simple Simon September 4, 2015 at 1:19 PM #

    Stephen Alleyne’s mother died when she was quite young. Was he not raised by his step mother? Genetics is a hell of a thing. I don’t think that we should accuse anybody of stressing him into his grave. He did have the option of saying no.

    Massa day dun dead.

    People need to understand that it is ok to say no to a Prime Minister, President, Pope etc.

    If de Prime Minister stressing you, say no, and if he thinks that he is such a gorillaphant he can go and do de job heself.

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  52. Simple Simon September 4, 2015 at 1:19 PM #

    I can’t believe that there are people out there more simple than I am.

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  53. pieceuhderockyeahright September 4, 2015 at 1:50 PM #

    I hope that you have the same perspective as the intestinal fortitude of underlings.

    When dem telling Acting PS (Edison Alleyne) and the rest of them to contravene the rules and, because dem acting, dem cant tell de PM or De minister to go ** demself, OR LOSS DEM PICK

    Stress kills and some people are more predisposed to be distressed than others, up to the point of their demise.

    A ** evah call you and cuss you out?

    What would you do? Cuss he back?

    You would cuss fumble to he face??

    Maybe you would but doan tell he “you en know dat you want killing, hear!!”

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  54. Artaxerxes September 4, 2015 at 2:23 PM #

    @ Piece

    I ain’t getting in dah wid you, boh. You like you want me to get lock up.

    You say you is a ole man, and judging from how you does articulate you self pun BU, you had to be a big boy, so you mussee enjoying a big pension now. You even say dat you childrun over in away does send fuh you, dat means you is a man of means.

    I still got nuff more years, if ah live, before I could get pension, and I want to enjoy dah money. So I ain’t got nutten to say ’bout who used to call Stephen pun a night and cuss he. I are frighten.

    Not me an dah Pele case, bozee.

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  55. Simple Simon September 4, 2015 at 4:32 PM #

    @pieceuhderockyeahright September 4, 2015 at 1:50 PM “A ** evah call you and cuss you out?”

    No, no, no.

    LOL!!!!!

    We know one another from the time we were both in short pants…and he knows better than to call at my home.

    I can cuss much wusser than he. And he knows it.

    Lolll!!!!!!!!!!!

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  56. Simple Simon September 4, 2015 at 4:34 PM #

    tobesides i nevah ask he fa nuffin yet.

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  57. Simple Simon September 4, 2015 at 4:38 PM #

    @pieceuhderockyeahright September 4, 2015 at 1:50 PM “When dem telling Acting PS (Edison Alleyne) and the rest of them to contravene the rules and, because dem acting.”

    Know he befo’ he born.

    I tink that he can tell dem to get loss. Gine be 63 as soon as the year turn. Child[ren] dun raise.

    There comes a time in life when we are only answerable to God.

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  58. Simple Simon September 4, 2015 at 4:48 PM #

    I never threaten to kill anybody. I’ve never wished to kill anybody, nor wished anybody dead.

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  59. Walter Blackman September 6, 2015 at 7:25 PM #

    David,
    It appears that Barbados Underground (BU) is beating the traditional media houses to the punch and is really playing a pivotal role in getting the burning issues of the day to the people.

    Here are two excerpts from the Nation editorial of yesterday which was captioned “Time to review education system”:

    “The way forward must of necessity be to ensure a higher proportion of our students graduate from secondary school to the tertiary level – whether vocational, technical or the UWI. The risks of continued failure are virtual harbingers of disaster.”

    “Barbados can neither afford nor allow to continue a situation where a high number of students leave school and are unable to pursue post-secondary education, rendering them ill-equipped for a career. This will only produce undesirables.”

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  60. David September 6, 2015 at 7:46 PM #

    @Walter

    Thanks, read it. BU does not have the reach of the Nation newspaper, we have tried through friends of BU to access the services of email blasters to promote BU but the feedback is they are ”scared” to be seen supporting BU. We will continue to influence opinion key places until we crack the traditional barrier.

    On 6 September 2015 at 23:25, Barbados Underground wrote:

    >

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  61. chad99999 September 8, 2015 at 12:10 PM #

    Will all the Bajans who believe we should study Chinese and French please be quiet. That is a waste of scarce resources. Focus on Math, English, Computer Science, Accounting, and Management Science. Then Physical Sciences and Engineering. Everything else is of questionable value, especially Art and Geometry. If people want to learn foreign languages, they should do so on their own time and with their own money.

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