Parents to blame, says Senator Husbands

Parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Education,
Parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Education,

Parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Education, Senator Harcourt Husbands has placed the blame for errant children, including those who bully others, squarely on the shoulders of parents.

Husbands made the assertion yesterday at the launch of a one-month anti-bullying programme for children being held under the theme, No to Bullying, yes to love.

“Whatever the issue . . . they say we at the ministry are not doing enough. Yes, the teachers may not be doing enough, but whenever they get to the meat of the issue they always identify the issue of parenting as being the most important, the key element, in either causing the problems that our young people face or helping to resolve them,” he said.

The parliamentary secretary later added, “The officials at the Ministry of Education said to me there are too many children who don’t have limits. They can do as they please, come and go as they please, they get whatever they demand…that is why sometimes at night we see so many young people on the streets.”

The anti-bullying initiative is organised by the management of Sheraton Mall in collaboration with Supreme Counseling for Personal Development with support coming from Barbados TODAY and a number other businesses.



8 Responses to Parents to blame, says Senator Husbands

  1. Elizabeth Jordan
    Elizabeth Jordan August 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Agree – Parental involvement is key!

  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall August 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    All parent is not to blame

  3. Angela Sandra Paul
    Angela Sandra Paul August 10, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I agree. The parents are definitely to blame for what’s happening with the young people in Barbados.

  4. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer August 11, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Parents are responsible for teaching their kids respect for self and others. Parents are the first teachers. Stop dragging your kids up and expecting the school to raise. Stupssssssssssse

  5. Gail-Selina S. Hewitt-Clarke
    Gail-Selina S. Hewitt-Clarke August 11, 2014 at 6:54 am

    You’ll be surprised at the number of parents who have no clue about parenting, some don’t want to learn, because it’s probably the most difficult job in the world! This is a huge problem world wide!!

  6. jr smith August 11, 2014 at 8:30 am

    The senator is part right, but the blame for the economics ,political and social problems in barbados ,is to be placed at the door of bajans themselves.
    They have allowed politics to get the upper hand.
    They have never shown any interest in direct businesses on the island, one major issue allowing the deteration of the sugar industry, wonder how that happen.
    Are they any chances of saving the rum industry.
    They blame any easy target, other than them selves, using any excuse.
    Now they are blaming the trinnis. The only step forward ,
    barbados is becoming a very criminal and violent society.

  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    True that i find it hard to agree with any politician but what he saying is right on target.

  8. Curtis lashley August 12, 2014 at 4:36 am

    So what are you all saying these kids have no responsibility for they actions, I think they do. The politicians are also a big part of the problem, they are no jobs for these kids after school so what are they going to turn to. Invest in the kids and we all will see the returns they are our best resource, we are all responsible for what’s happening with kids in Barbados. People it’s not the kids that’s importing the guns and drugs and the politicians know this but it’s not in they best intrist to go after or stop those who are. They should be trying to save our kids and stop pointing the finger at others!


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