Principal not pulling stumps

Principal of the Alexandra School Jeff Broomes does not intend to allow anyone to run him out.

He is prepared to continued his longstanding tenure in the teaching service and, more importantly, as the head of the St. Peter school. He reiterated this to the Commission of Enquiry into the Alexandra School, when it met on day 36 at the Wildey Gymnasium, Garfield Sobers Sports Complex today.

He was responding to questions from his counsel Cecil McCarthy, QC about some teachers, who gave evidence at the tribunal and indicated they wanted him separated and were not prepared to work with him anymore.

“I cannot at any time suggest what people can and cannot do, I know in all my life I have never been in a position … to chose who I have to work with,” the witness said on his sixth and final day of evidence at the enquiry.

He said it was clear to him that a number of things said to the commission were “festering for a number of years”, he was never aware of them, but despite this he could continue to do his work at Alexandra. Broomes believed professionalism “has to supersede everything else”.

“I am not the type to simply, because I have beefs with somebody, that I would pull up stumps or whatever… Once the issue is addressed it may be not to your advantage, but at the end of the day … I opted to be a teacher because it is something that I believe I can make a contribution to my country,” he said. (SC)

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