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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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The Alexandra Incestuous Factor

Minister Jones, visibly shaken and angry, termed the no-show a “gross insult” and the low point of industrial relations practice in the trade union history of Barbados. Mrs Karen Best, president of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT), reportedly said she had never seen anything like it in industrial relations. Her [Best] comments clearly indicate […]

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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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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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Ministry of Education Summons BSTU To Hastily Arranged Meeting Which Provoked ‘The Letter’

As promised BU produces the letter in its original form which the BSTU sent to the Chief Education Officer arising from a ‘secret meeting’ under his chairmanship. It does not matter how anyone tries to interpret the letter, to any competent person (counsel), the threat and inference is crystal clear. If one compares what is […]

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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 AX Matter Moves To The Next Phase

The final arguments from lawyers representing all parties in the Alexandra School Dispute have been submitted and Barbadians await the report from lone Commissioner Frederick Waterman. It is obviously the report will be delivered before the September school term begins. There was a sense by BU during the last two weeks of the Inquiry that […]

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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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Jeff Broomes Should Beg for Forgiveness

Submitted by Mahogany Coconut Think Tank/Watch Dog Group From the very beginning, Mahogany Coconut had determined that Mr. Jeff Broomes should have been separated and or fired from the post of headmaster at the Alexandra School. We need to root out professionals such as Broomes from all positions they hold in the public sector and […]

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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 School Commission Of Inquiry – Part II

The Alexandra School Commission of Inquiry continues to enjoy rap attention of Barbadians. In response to requests BU starts Part II of The Alexandra School Commission Of Inquiry to ensure commenters are not inconvenienced by the burgeoning comments. The Parliament of Barbados voted today (24/07/2012) to allocate $598,000 to pay for the Inquiry.

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The Alexandra School Commission Of Inquiry

The Commission of Inquiry into the Alexandra School Affair has been fired up as promised by Prime Minister Stuart. It has become patently obviously if we recall events sparked by Hallam King at Coleridge Parry School that anomalies exist in the governance system  of education in Barbados which need to be fixed. To the credit […]

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Alexandra 2012 The Reincarnation Of Coleridge And Parry 1990

The person who submitted this article has asked that their name be withheld – Barbados Underground There are a number of conscientious Barbadians who take particular pains to ensure that they keep newspaper clippings. One such person made available to me a clipping from the WEEKEND NATION of FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1990 which represents the […]

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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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