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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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The Teacher’s Lot

Today’s Barbados Advocate Editorial addresses the decision by the Ministry of Education to dock teachers salaries who attended meetings called by the Unions. The policeman’s lot, the opera composers, Gilbert and Sullivan, assure us in their production, The “Pirates of Penzance”, is “not a happy one”. Members of the Barbados Union of Teachers [BUT], after […]

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Springer Memorial School Wrapper Update: The Education System Enters Its Darkest Hour

BU will not write too much about this except to beg for urgent divine intervention. As adults we are morally and legally bound to be caretakers of our children. What has transpired so far at Springer Memorial School involving a minor and a student is an indictment on all of us. All of us. The […]

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Wejonesing and Cracking Heads Den

Submitted by Anthony Davis YOU MAY NOT LIKE me but work with me for the good of education,” said Minister of Education Ronald Jones… I don’t have to like you at all (but) I will work with you. But he declared: […]

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Sir Hilary Beckles and a Bought Bajan Media

The following article originally posted at Bajan Reporter. Did Sir Hilary change tune because he was “kicked upstairs”? Or how Bajan Media make Piranhas seem ethical… by AirBourne / May 13th, 2015 When UWI enrollments diminished by 4,000 students compared to the previous year, Sir Hilary Beckles was enraged – he said Barbadian education has […]

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Tension Between Hilary Beckles and the Barbados Government Continues

Brooks distinguishes two sorts of virtues: resumé virtues and eulogy virtues. Resumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace: wealth, fame, status and a great career. Eulogy virtues are the things people will say about you at your funeral: that you were honest, loving, and steadfast. Most of us would say that eulogy […]

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Set the Example Donville

Submitted by Anthony Davis As far as senior Government minister Donville Inniss is concerned, Barbados is 49 years late in becoming a republic and anyone who thinks the country should wait any longer is ‘innately lazy intellectually’ and has ‘no pride in being Barbadian –  Barbados Today On page 4 of the said issue under […]

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Hard Work – Educational Success

Submitted by Douglas

Our educational sector plays a vital role in the development of this country.  This DLP administration has always regarded education as one of the key developmental tools which would take this country forward.  That decision made by the first DLP administration in 1961 to allow free secondary education for all Barbadians continues to be one of the foundation policies which accounts for all of the growth and development which this small country has accomplished since that time. 

One vital component of the educational sector which requires some focus discussion is the Secondary School.  

We note, with amazement, that the Opposition continues to dodge their work but yet still draw their salaries and dine at the tables of parliament.  We hope that mature bodies who have a vital role to play in the development of this country do not adopt the bad habits and practices of our childish opposition lead by Ms. Mottley.  However, we the members of the Democratic Labour Party will press on in our efforts to move this country forward.  This week, we focus on secondary school education.

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The Jeff Broomes Affair, Again–What About the Children?

Submitted by Anthony Davis

Teachers at Parkinson Memorial Secondary are expected to go on the picket line tomorrow morning to protest principal Jeff Broomes’ failure to take disciplinary action against students who took knives and other weapons to school.” – Barbados Today 9 Feb 2015. It is incomprehensible to me why the teachers unions are always ready to strike. Is it because about twelve weeks’ vacation – plus about an additional three days as “Teachers’ days” – are not enough?

I don’t see any other profession getting extra days every three months, so why should teachers? The most of the tax payers who pay them, and whose scions they are supposed to teach, do not even get a quarter of the time off for vacation. They seem to have utter contempt for the parents/guardians of their charges, and by extension the students. They already have their education – paid for by the said people whose children they seem bent on depriving of theirs.

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