At peace

Jones hails atmosphere at Alexandra

Minister of Education Ronald Jones has hailed the peaceful atmosphere that now exists at The Alexandra School while warning that trouble could be brewing elsewhere in the school system.

Against the backdrop of a dispute between the former principal Jeff Broomes and teachers, which led to the order of a commission of inquiry by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and the eventual transfer of the school’s head and some teachers last year, Jones saluted what he described as “peace” at the St Peter institution.

Education Minister Ronald Jones at Alexandra today.
Education Minister Ronald Jones at Alexandra today.

“I’m pleased with what I’m seeing, with what I’ve heard. I love the peace which is down here at Alexandra,” he said in an address to the school’s Speech Day.

However, hinting that there may be trouble brewing elsewhere, he said, “I want that peace to be at every school, including the one in the Pine. When there is no peace I can’t sleep,” the Minister said, adding that his sleeplessness was caused by “somebody greater than I, and not the Lord”.

Jones also spoke  of the importance of the Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ) to students with poor academic records while noting that some Alexandra teachers had been obtaining CVQ teaching certification.

“We need to accelerate our competency-based training in this country because it makes the child ready to almost move into the world of work, to set up an entrepreneurial activity.

“And we’ve been slow in Barbados, actually too slow,” the Minister said.

During the feature address, Jones sang the praises of teaching staff as he urged them to place more emphasis on vocational education.

“Continue what you are doing well. . . Lead the way, set the stage,” he said, adding “the development of the nation depends on what teachers do, not what politicians say, because I can say it today with the left side of my mouth and as circumstances change, switch it to the right side, and hope that people aren’t listening”.

One Response to At peace

  1. rogerm December 7, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I am hoping that Mr Jones did not say CVQ are for students with poor academic record as the quotation in this article seem to suggest. If we continue to suggest that CVQs and similar are for persons not academic we will continue to retard the development of practical skills needed for developing economy. An economy cannot survive on doctors and lawyers only. We do need some of the best brains to develop new materials, processes and techniques.


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