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BCC principal breaks silence on NUPW charges

The principal of the Barbados Community College (BCC) today broke his silence on charges of unfair terminations levelled by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and complaints raised by a group of nursing students that some of their courses have been suspended.

On the first matter, Dr Gladstone Best categorically denied that the educational institution has sacked workers and he accused the union of giving false information to the media.

“The Barbados Community College has not terminated any workers as stated by the NUPW,” he declared in a statement, even as he disclosed that the college is currently taking a second look at its operation to cut costs.

He explained that management has already proposed to meet with the NUPW and the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) to discuss how it intends to proceed once they have completed the review.

“When this analysis is complete and the BCC management is ready it will meet with both the NUPW and the BWU to agree to the implementation of cost reduction measures.

“The BCC deplores the strategy of the NUPW in providing false information to the media in order to force its hands in holding the meetings before it is ready,” Best said.

The principal also attempted to clear the air on reports carried by another media house last week, in which nursing students claimed that the college had suspended a number of their courses until they completed the Fundamentals of Nursing course.

Best has queried the students’ action in going to the Press since the Nursing Department and the Division of Health Sciences had already met with them and explained that arrangements would be put in place to assist them.

He pointed out that students must complete the Fundamentals of Nursing course in order to advance to the second year of the programme.

“The 21 students . . . failed the Fundamentals of Nursing in the May examination and also the supplemental examination that was held in September. Under those circumstances, BCC could not permit the students to continue on to second year courses.

“BCC has arranged for the course to be offered to that group of students this semester instead of having to wait until semester two when the course is normally taught,” Best said.

The principal maintained that if the students were not satisfied with the solution presented to them, as professionals in training they should have observed protocol and brought the matter to the management of the college for arbitration before resorting to the media.

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