Chemistry teacher disputes Greaves’ testimony
He was once considered “a son” to her.
On the two out of three occasions he asked her to borrow money she lent him twice, and he was appreciative of a warning from her not to come to school with alcohol on his breath.
But an assertive and articulate Dwayne Bryan today disputed Amaida’s Greaves statements that she taught chemistry to a class of fourth formers in the third term of 2011.
Additionally, the young man, who gave evidence at the Commission of Enquiry into Alexandra today at the Wildey Gymnasium, Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, spoke favourably of Principal Jeff Broomes, but denied he had appeared to “take up his fire rage” against Greaves and other teachers who took industrial action in January this year.
He was responding to intense questioning from Barbados Secondary Teachers Union counsel Hal Gollop when the tribunal met today.
Gollop: “Would you agree with me that this is a remarkable attack on the professional integrity of Mrs. Amaida Greaves as the head of the Science Department at the Alexandra School?”
Bryan: “That is a matter of opinion. I don’t think it is an attack.”
Gollop: “Is it something in praise of her?”
Bryan: “It is basically telling the truth…It would seem that it may not be praising.”
Gollop: “Have you come here to bury Mrs. Greaves?”
Bryan: “Of course I would not do that. I came here to tell the truth, that is the first thing I stated. If the truth sounds like burying, well I can’t control that.”
Bryan said he and Greaves, head of the school’s Science Department, had a “very, very good relationship”, which soured after a newspaper “letter” questioning his qualifications to teach chemistry was publicised.
He blamed Greaves for this.
He said he had no apologies to make for now submitting a witness statement to the Commission, which was an exact copy of a report he previously presented to the principal on his request, that might appear to speak of Greaves negatively.
“I am dealing with a situation that is long gone; circumstances occurred and that is what happened. If it seems that way I cannot control that, because if Amaida writes something about me I can’t control how it sounds,” he said.
Gollop asked him: ” Do you not agree with me that if a man were to come from Mars and read this he would never get the view that you could call her Amaida and she could call you Dwayne?”
Bryan: “Yes if a man was to come all the way from Mars and not in Barbados and the Alexandra School and not know situations he would get that opinion.
“I tried as much as possible not to drag teachers names into this situation so that is why I chose to leave out certain names because I don’t want to drag people’s names all across the media. I felt I acted as professional as possible.
Bryan insisted repeatedly that he did not turn up at the commission with a pro-Broomes and anti-Greaves agenda.
“My role before this commission is to present the truth and nothing but the truth on what happened at those times,” he told Commissioner Frederick Waterman.
Asked by Gollop if he had come to put the principal’s case, he responded: “If you called Mr. Broomes case the truth then I came to put Mr. Broomes’ case… My case and what I come to put forward is the truth.” (SC)