Where are our thinkers?

Education Minister Ronald Jones believes the region’s people should desist from practising self-doubt as they confront economic challenges and their impact
on education.

Jones has further urgied administrators and educators of higher learning to refrain from this way of thinking.

The Minister made the plea yesterday as he addressed the official opening of the 13th Annual International Conference of the Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA) in the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus.

Ronald Jones
Ronald Jones

“Don’t let us have the self-doubt which says to us that we cannot make good out of what we have. We in the region are in fact persons with great ingenuity . . . We should not be into self-doubt as we confront the challenges as they impact on education.

“What it is saying to us is that we have to work harder; we have to think more; we have to collaboratively pull everything together to see how we can traverse these difficult arenas that we face at this time. It is not about surrendering or raising the hand,” he said, while noting that the Caribbean had for years been able to impact the world.

Acknowledging that it called for more productivity and creativity despite recessionary measures that include lack of salary increases and challenges in our personal lives, the Minister, who is also responsible for Science, Technology and Innovation, contended that people should redouble their creative ability and their God-given talents to ensure the Caribbean survived the difficulties.

He also maintained that there should be greater clarity of mind and the interests of people should not be limited to their own country, whether Barbados, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago.

“They should not be interested in their own little space . . . but take a wider, regional view of how we, working together, can make our institutions stronger; our institutions of learning which stand in the vanguard of whatever we have to achieve in this region – all of our institutions of learning, not only our higher educational institutions but secondary and primary,” said Jones.

Caribbean people, he noted, must be part of the fullest development of Guyana, with its massive land resource that could reduce hunger.

“Where are our thinkers, where are our brains? Where are our people who have been able to before do things that boggle the minds even now? Where is the ingenuity? Where is the talent?” It is not just about the money but the willingness of people to recommit.

“It is about people forgetting partisan divide [and about] fighting over nothing” he said.

The three-day conference runs from July 10 to 12, at the UWI.  A key aim is to promote high professional and ethical standards as well as the continued development of management capacity in higher education in the Caribbean. It also seeks to provide opportunities for effective networking and collaboration among those with interests in education.

Source: (BGIS)

33 Responses to Where are our thinkers?

  1. Regina Worrell
    Regina Worrell July 11, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Lmao. Sigh

  2. Duchess Doordie
    Duchess Doordie July 11, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Mr jones, straight off ur head (without thinking) ya know as accustom, how ppl are suppose to have

  3. Bentley Williams
    Bentley Williams July 11, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Yuh see me, I going let this heyso pass. I ain’t even going laugh out loud.

  4. Duchess Doordie
    Duchess Doordie July 11, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Faith wen nothing is going right smh

  5. Donnya D. Piggott
    Donnya D. Piggott July 11, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Certainly not in Parliament..

  6. King Damien II
    King Damien II July 11, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Well we know where the thinkers aren’t because they’re definitely not in the Stuart Administration

    • Ian Matic Gale
      Ian Matic Gale July 11, 2014 at 9:09 am


    • Carolyn Robertson
      Carolyn Robertson July 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      so true all bad decision makers so we may have to doubt our education system because all the captain on this one ship is carrying us down with it

  7. Les Carr
    Les Carr July 11, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Excuse me? When people think aloud around here there are told to shut up and are attacked by all governing parties. You cant eat your cake and want it too. Get real.

  8. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha July 11, 2014 at 7:16 am

    This man amuses me

  9. Erin Browne
    Erin Browne July 11, 2014 at 7:22 am

    They are lining up waiting for grants to get into UWI.

  10. Duchess Doordie
    Duchess Doordie July 11, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Everyday DEM duz b in d media talking a bunch a c…., get me vex everyday!!! I wa go in parliament and piss pun d ground and ask wa dem think bout dat, I guarntee freundel wud b d 1st to answer cuz he duz normally talk bout irrelevant issues,things dat don’t make sense. Before he try to get dis country outta d pitts ah hell.3yrs is a long time to wait to see dem get d boot smh. Dems now and neva again yc.

  11. Jason Lewis
    Jason Lewis July 11, 2014 at 7:29 am

    This is ironic …………..

  12. Ronnie Murrell
    Ronnie Murrell July 11, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Oh dear lord these people in truth!

    • Kim Kim
      Kim Kim July 11, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Lmao dis pic kill me lolol

  13. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne July 11, 2014 at 7:59 am

    The thinkers are looking and planning for some escape from the Governments’ traps so they can live free and easy. People like Ronald Jones love to create strife among people and don’t like to clean out their own backyard first.

  14. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne July 11, 2014 at 8:15 am

    In nearly eight years and this group has not had been able to get anything done but pointing fingers at others. Any thinking person in Barbados can point to where the non thinkers are.

  15. Jacinta Lashley
    Jacinta Lashley July 11, 2014 at 8:16 am

    This is an awesome invitation from this minister toward healing the separatism there. Two heads are always better than one. People that truly care about the nation would put away differences, work together and putting aside the individual political ambitions they are holding. Egos must evolve for the better good.

    Much respect for this suggestion Ronald Jones. Now let’s see how good you are at taking suggestions. I have one for you: Ending the yearly screening test. No disrespect to the educational standards there, but the results are not necessarily accurate; lots of nepotism, stressful studying and wasted competitive energy on kids and the families that are focusing on the results.

    It is a fact that some families can afford to put more money, energy and interest in educating their children than other families, but that still can not determine the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child’s cognitive skills. Many people are late starters, and many children are so overwhelm that their brains shut down during testing. Plus, I truly do not accept the misguided concept that forced focus studying can prove how intelligent any child really is.

    You are on the right path. Have a spontaneous nationwide essay writing contest. Keep the topics secretive to ensure no interference from the adults, and let the children share their views and concerns without any input or adult suggestions.

    Be blessed

  16. Sandra Davis
    Sandra Davis July 11, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Never mind… what is your Police Force doing about the Gun’s & Druggies ?

  17. Ian Matic Gale
    Ian Matic Gale July 11, 2014 at 9:12 am

    How ironic.. where are the thinkers in your administration Mr Jones? GTFOH..

  18. Santini More
    Santini More July 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Our thinkers are everywhere EXCEPT in the Government of Barbados.

  19. Alleyna Brathwaite
    Alleyna Brathwaite July 11, 2014 at 9:29 am

    “where are our thinkers? Where are our brains?”

  20. Michael Walcott
    Michael Walcott July 11, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Certainly not within Government! Bunch of mad men.

  21. jr smith July 11, 2014 at 9:56 am

    This is the same ,Mr. Jones who want bajans to breed more. Why didnt he and other politicians ,commented on bajans paying $300,000 to a con artist to pray for bajans and barbados. Did he not think that shows the lack of education.
    Our black people, have lost they culture, to religion and the bible, they cannot function. They cannot manage families , they are not been able to function economically, they cannot go beyond pray, look at our businesses and developments in barbados, see who owns them.
    Dear MR. educator, try educating our people in the basic economic funtions for the survival of oneself and others, clear they minds.

  22. Patrick Blackman July 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    What you need to address Mr. Minister is the inequality in the educational system. Why are we still using this antiquated 11+ system? All school should be equipped with the same resources, no school should be considered better than another or being top schools (Harrison/Queens) every child should have equal opportunity from the get go. Put zoning in place as it should be. Why are kids travelling from one end of the country to the next just to get to school?

    Why are kids allowed cell phones in school. When you were at school did you have one? The sameway your parents contacted you at school then is still relevant. The use of school uniforms should also be discontinued, this is an unnecessary expense for parents every year, let them wear their home clothes.

    Stop them from travelling to school on minibuses, institute a proper school transit system. If zoning was in place, this would not be an issue. These are the things that you should be addressing instead of constantly talking stupid stuff when ever you open your mouth. This has nothing to do with party politics you are just not very erudite Sir.

  23. Angel Blossoms
    Angel Blossoms July 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I think an election should be call and the entire DLP ship off to Cuba.

  24. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    In Nodland on the Magic Round about.

  25. Steven Carter
    Steven Carter July 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Shoulda think before forcing the Municipal Tax on us!

  26. Joan Cherrie-Rocke
    Joan Cherrie-Rocke July 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    We need to get down to basics and then we will achieve.


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