Upset parents demand meeting with education ministry


Parents are demanding a meeting with Ministry of Education officials to discuss the effects of industrial action at Parkinson Memorial Secondary and Alma Parris Memorial Secondary schools, and the plan going forward.

That announcement was made yesterday evening by president of the Barbados National Council of Parent Teachers Association (BNCPTA) Rhonda Blackman, who met with concerned parents at the school.

Describing the situation as very sad, an upset Blackman said “enough is enough” and parents need to recognize their power.

“If it means that we have to take all our parents and we [have] to do a march and we have to chant and . . . ask for all of Barbados to come out in support, we will do what we have to do because it cannot go on,” she said.

The BNCPTA head also warned of the effects that the four days of industrial action by teachers could have on students, adding that that it is not about taking sides but, rather, ensuring that children are in a safe and secure environment that is conducive to learning.

Rhonda Blackman

“What they (Parkinson Memorial PTA members) propose to do going forward is that they will meet with the Ministry of Education in short order, when the ministry invites them to have this meeting. They will put on the table their grievances and the grievances that you have. The same way that unions have a plan of action for their members, your PTA has a plan of action for you,” Blackman told the parents.

“Going forward, even if it means that we have to rally the support for all the parents in Barbados in solidarity for the children at Alma Parris School and . . . Parkinson, we will have to do it because in this whole process the children in this country are suffering and we are sitting back and we’re being too reactive instead of being proactive.

“SBAs (School Based Assessments) are due, CXC is around the corner, promotional exams are around the corner and I want you to know that CXC doesn’t say that this school was having a problem therefore I’m going to differ the CXC to another time. The exam is set and it is standard. Therefore, your child will become disadvantaged if this thing continues,” Blackman added.

On Friday, the Barbados Union of Teachers said that teachers will return to the classroom tomorrow, if the environment is safe and conducive for learning. They are insisting on the removal of weapons confiscated from students at Parkinson.

The teachers have been protesting the failure of the principal of Parkinson Jeff Broomes to address indiscipline among students, as well as issues at Alma Parris.


8 Responses to Upset parents demand meeting with education ministry

  1. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock February 15, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    How are they going to make up for the loss of the children education.

  2. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley February 15, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Better LATE than NEVER…..Parents holds the trumps, supply teachers should have been brought in to cover classes. Alexander saga all over again.

    • Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
      Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne February 15, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      Is that room all the parents of two schools, one with over 500 students…hmmmm…that speaks volumes in itself….ALEXANDRA please…and PM never solved the issue so are we surprised we are here again?

    • Conchita Moseley
      Conchita Moseley February 15, 2015 at 2:59 pm


  3. Alison Hoyte-small
    Alison Hoyte-small February 15, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Considering how many parents are concerned about the situation re: teachers not in class rooms; I am a tad surprised at the limited turn out. Or perhaps that picture really did not capture the throng in its entirety?

    • Victoria Lily
      Victoria Lily February 15, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      This was my very thought … Not even a Classroom of parents out of an entire school.

  4. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley February 15, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    ONE TIME WE WERE KNOWN AS little England but nowadays we adopt de big brother country U S A dem live by de gun and die by it. Bajans lost duh culture ……

  5. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul February 16, 2015 at 1:43 am

    What is the REAL PURPOSE of the meeting if the people who can make a difference is not present/invited? The Ministry of Education, BUT, Barbados Government, Human rights, the MP for the area, Children Services, etc, anyone and everyone who have anything to do with the welfare of children being taken advantage of, should have been given an invitation to this Parent meeting. PTA should have sent out written notice listing the important members of all those who were invited. The listed parties will be expected to show up or send at least one member to the meeting in support of these parents. It is truly sad and so disrespectful to these parents who did not sign up for all of this crap to be happening with their child. Why has it taken this long for someone to finally speak out in support of these parents. Start the picketing, take the March to the office of the Ministry of Education then to the BUT office and the Government Head office. This is a very serious issue by messing with these children education at a very critical time. It does not take much for most children to lose interest in school. With all of this constant unrest, some of these children may never get back on track. Thanks to these selfish teachers and their BUT. All of this should have been dealt with on TEACHERS time DURING THE SUMMER VOCATION AND CHRISTMAS BREAK if it means so much to the teachers. Why deprived the children of their education, they are the future, OUR FUTURE, help them to make a better future for us. Stop wasting their precious time.


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