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An Elitist 11+

Submitted by William Skinner John Cumberbatch, the late president of the Barbados Union of Teachers, often described the Common Examination as elitist. He was convinced that once it remained the gold standard of excellence, the system would eventually be the main cause for several societal problems. It was a position he took before the mid-seventies, […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – Education and Development

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates. Prior to 2013-2014, the Government of Barbados held an untainted view on linkages between education and development. The evidence of personal and national development in Barbados since the 1950s, points to the fact that investments in education contributed to the […]

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Barbados Community College (BCC) Standards Plummet

Submitted by Neil Watchman The Barbados Community College has managed to gain a meagre two scholarships of the total of 45 scholarships and exhibitions awarded. Not surprising, since the Minister of Education has made it clear by his periodic mouthings, that the Sixth Form School is the way to go.  Of course, the big winner […]

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Alma Parris School Shutdown

The following comment was posted on another blog by Simple Simon in response to a question from BU about the sudden closure of Alma Parris, a school that was established to serve special needs children. Is there a need for such a school in Barbados? – Barbados Underground @David June 29, 2017 at 10:49 AM […]

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Minister Jones Prefers L Class

Submitted by Anthony Davis Methinks that the Minister of Education should step down because he’s not showing any good traits when it comes to his outbursts. Anyone who can only be screaming at the top of his voice when, according to him, something’s wrong needs anger-management instructions. Persons who continually shout are nothing but bullies […]

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Romero Lashley of the UPP Shares Solutions for the Common Entrance Exam

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The Grenville Phillips Column – To Trade School With You!

Whenever examination result are announced in Barbados, there is the predictable call for fundamental changes to our educational system.  With approximately 60% of our secondary school students failing to achieve grades 1 or 2 CSEC passes, the system clearly need improving.  However, an analysis of the recommended changes reveals that the aim is not to […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – An Uncommon Entrance

“Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out”. –Anonymous The fact that it still exists as the principal mode of transferring pupils from the primary to the secondary stage of education nearly fifty years since I myself sat it in 1968 and despite the numerous strictures levelled […]

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Educate and Produce is the Way Forward

Submitted by William Skinner Education is one of the many tools a country uses for progress. Somehow we have convinced ourselves that it is the only tool and it must come in a defined format, which must never be changed. Education like any other national tool must undergo redefining and utilized strategically or it falls […]

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The Cost of Scholarship

The BU household continues our focus on education by reproducing today’s Barbados Advocate editorial – Barbados Underground It does not come entirely as a surprise to us that the public discourse surrounding the requirement that Barbadian students at the University of the West Indies (UWI) pay twenty percent of the economic cost of tuition fees […]

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African Heritage Foundation: Our Children Are Our Own

Reproduced from African Heritage Foundation website The African Heritage Foundation is taking this opportunity to respond to recent statements made by child advocate Faith Marshall-Harris while delivering a position paper over the weekend on what should be contained in the laws of Barbados to ensure this country is fully compliant with the United Nations Convention […]

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Legislate Extra ‘School’

Of concern to the BU household are the increasing number of hours being forfeited in the school year for one reason or the other in Barbados. Combermere Secondary School students have been the most visible example of being short changed because of a perennial environmental problem. Other schools have had to close classrooms because of […]

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Barbados Education System Challenge, 50 Years and Moving

Posted to the The African Heritage Foundation (AHF) website. The Rastafari continue the tussle to highlight changes needed to improve our education system. We wish the group good luck in their discussions with the Ministry of Education to home school their children – David, Barbados Underground Since the case of the Rastafari family who were […]

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Home-schooling –A National Good?

We have skimmed the surface of the home schooling debate in this forum. The following Barbados Advocate editorial adds to the discussion – Barbados Underground The issue of home schooling for the island’s children is not one that has raised its head on a frequent basis in the past 50 years of our independent status. […]

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Samson On The Wall … Keep Calm: Education Revolution In Progress

Extracted from Our Afrikan Heritage website Last night, The African Heritage Foundation (AHF) working group tasked with developing a curriculum acceptable to the Ministry of Education had its first meeting. One of the attendees who runs a small school, Sister Nailah, presented the group with a curriculum guide for Class 3 (for 9-10 year olds). […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – Youth Being short-changed

“Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.” – William Haley, British Editor. In Barbados, more things are changing than are staying […]

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Education and Litigation

2016 will be remembered by the BU household for the massive disruption in the school system as a result of the always on industrial conflict between the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT), Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) trade unions and the ministry of education. We are of the certain view that there is or will […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – Investing in Education

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think — rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men. – Bill Beattie (18th Century Scottish physician and poet). There appears to be […]

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