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Jeff Broomes Drags Parkinson Secondary School into the Public Eye

The Alexandra Commission of Inquiry headed by retired Justice Frederick Waterman was established by the Prime Minister as a means to resolve the long running conflict between former principal Jeff Broomes and the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU). The Ministry of Education at the conclusion of the Inquiry transferred 18 teachers AND Jeff Broomes who […]

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To Alexandra and Back: A DEFINING MOMENT For the DLP Government?

Submitted by Yardbroom In arriving at a just determination, when a plethora of evidence must be examined by a properly constituted tribunal,  it is often best to decide first on what can be agreed on.  In the Alexandra issue it is agreed – or appears – that the problems there started before the term of […]

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Alexandra School Dispute: Remembering the Children

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough – Lao Tzu Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is defined as all “the  final goods and services produced within a country in a given period of time”. Can BU draw a parallel and define the well being of a country by the quality of key […]

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Jousting With the Inevitable

Submitted by Old Onions Bags To say one could not have seen it coming is an obvious understatement. So why now all the parlance? A dinner table well set for disaster. The Alexandra farce we mean. To say this was unexpected is far from the truth. Talk about a blind manhorse trotting backwards…How could one […]

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Poor Judgment by Public Service Commission

The supposed conclusion to the long-running Alexandra debacle appears to have caused more problems than it would have solved. Some might argue, and I am tempted to agree, that the resolution imposed by the Public Service Commission (PSC) has solved nothing. It would appear that the PSC attempted to settle the internecine warfare that was […]

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Alexandra School: "Separation" and Sacrifice

Submitted by Yardbroom I wonder how many of those teachers, who assiduously canvassed for the Head to be “separated” from the school, thought that they too would be separated, and if they did, why did they fight with such alacrity [eagerness]?…I have only posed a question. The general idea from the present Government’s perspective was […]

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Alexandra Solution or Confusion?

First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak […]

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The Leveson Report Posted On The Internet NOT The Alexandra Report!

After the phone hacking scandal which occurred in July 2011, the UK government commissioned a 2-part Inquiry to be headed by Lord Justice Leveson. The Inquiry was given a remit to “make recommendations on the future of press regulation and governance consistent with maintaining freedom of the press and ensuring the highest ethical and professional […]

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Tales From The Courts Part VI – Chief Justice Marston Gibson Scores An F In Year One

Since writing the following article, it is reported in the Nation News that the Barbados Bar Association is contemplating strike action against the Supreme Court in general and the Chief Justice in particular. BU wishes to make it clear that the following report was written without knowledge of the position of the Barbados Bar Association […]

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UPDATE On Alexandra School Matter – Strike Action LOOMS!

Mona Robinson, the general secretary of the BSTU wrote to the Chief Education Officer, Mr King, by letter dated Sunday 02 September 2012. The letter was received 03 September 2012. The subject of the letter purports to be in order to clarify matters relating to Alexandra School. BU notes that this letter was copied to […]

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The Alexandra School Conspiracy EXPOSED

On August 25, 2012 BU family member, the venerable Yardbroom, a posted the following comment: “Reports are that Mr. Vernon Smith QC “RECALLED” Alexandra’s Deputy Principal Beverley Neblett-Lashley and Former Secretary Merlene Sealey to give evidence again before the COI. It is alleged after which “Smith, who questioned the deputy Principal and former secretary, then […]

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Jeff Broomes to Hal Gollop, Hello?

A little story reported by the Nation newspaper on August 15, 2012 under the headline ‘Cellphone mystery’ has not generated the public debate BU expected. The gist of the story is that several calls originating from the cellphone of Jeff Broomes, principal of Alexandra School, terminated on the phone of Hal Gollop, attorney-at-law for the […]

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Notes From a Native Son: Alexandra School is a Metaphor for Failure of a System

Introduction: The crisis at Alexandra School, being played out before the nation, is but a reflection of the generally meltdown in education in Barbados. Although the Inquiry itself may be the public humiliation of a man, his stubbornness and the notorious Barbadian culture of spite and vindictiveness, the message it sends to the rest of […]

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All Hands On Deck, Blunders, Blunders, Compass Pointing To a Wreck

Submitted by Old Onions Bag Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes – Oscar Wilde Without a doubt, one must admit, Barbados has seen its share of problems during these last four and a half years. Bajans though accustomed, have had it up to here with all these mistakes. By now, everyone would […]

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The Alexandra Impasse: Enough Is Enough

According to media reports, the meeting between Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart and the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) to resolve the Alexandra imbroglio ended with a promise of more meetings late last night. Further reports suggest that Principal Jeff Broomes did not receive ‘official’ communication from the ministry of education about the meeting. After four […]

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The Alexandra Impasse Not 1-2-3 Fix

In response to a BU query about the Alexandra matter which continues to simmer, the following  comment was made by a blogger. “There is of course an obvious political element attached to the AX matter. But what of the other elements? Maybe the erroneous view was held that PHASE 2 would be the removal of […]

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“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”

As an expression of our disgust caused by the Alexandra dispute Barbados Underground will not update new blogs until strike action ends. Education is regarded as a fundamental human right and the absence of 30 teachers from the classrooms of the Alexandra School for close to two weeks is a failure on the part of […]

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