Punish Jeff Broomes
The head of the umbrella body for Parent-Teacher Associations is recommending disciplinary action against principal of Parkinson Memorial Secondary School, Jeff Broomes, if it is found that he has not been adhering to the Code of Discipline for schools.
Rhonda Blackman, president of the Barbados National Council of Parent- Teachers Association (BNCPTA), took that strong position at an emergency meeting with parents at the Parkinson Memorial at the weekend.
“There is a Code of Discipline that all schools in Barbados have, that all school from the primary right up to the secondary should follow,” she noted.
“We are saying if the principal of Parkinson isn’t following the Code of Discipline he, himself, would need to be disciplined because we are following the Code of Discipline that is set out in the booklet.”
At the same time, the BNCPTA head said teachers at the institution were partly responsible for the situation.
“A principal cannot supervise a whole school. He has a management team, a management team that is to work along with him in the management of the school . . . so, therefore, if you’re going to talk about supervision of this school, you cannot only bash the principal. You have to bash the principal and his management team. And you know what is clear for us parents, his management team is not supporting him,” she argued.
Teachers at Parkinson as well as the Alma Parris Memorial Secondary School had stayed away from work for four straight days in protest of conditions.
However, a frustrated Blackman said students should not be held to ransom, insisting that it was time for a final resolution to the issues.
She announced that parents would send a letter to the Ministry of Education today, calling for a meeting to discuss the situation and the plan going forward.
“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, 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.
Declaring that “enough is enough”, the association president suggested that there were “many breaches” to the Education Act during the impasse.