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Parents to broker teachers-CXC dispute

Parents are intervening in the dispute between the Barbados Secondary School Teachers’ Union (BSTU) and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), and will be seeking a meeting with the regional body tomorrow.

That was the next step announced yesterday when BSTU and parents met to discuss the breakdown in the relationship between Barbados’ teachers and CXC over marking of School-Based Assignments (SBAs).

BSTU president Mary Redman

BSTU president Mary Redman

BSTU president Mary Redman explained to the few parents in attendance at the meeting the challenges experienced by teachers in taking on the SBAs, a crucial aspect of the CXC grading system but which is not part of the teachers’ job description, and repeated the union’s position that teachers would no longer be marking the papers and simply forwarding them to CXC.

But requesting a hold on any action, newly elected president of the Barbados National Council of Parent Teacher Association (BNCPTA) Sean Gibbs said the association would urgently arrange a meeting with BSTU.

He also undertook to have talks with CXC representatives.

“We will be seeking to make contact with CXC as early as Monday, first business day after this meeting, because there was a lot of anxiety surrounding what was really happening, and I think we’ve received the assurance from teachers that they will continue what they’ve always done,” Gibbs told the media.


BNCPTA president Sean Gibbs speaking at yesterday’s meeting


14 Responses to Parents to broker teachers-CXC dispute

  1. Bobo March 29, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    CXC –EX-colonial racist tactics continued to dominate the Caribbean children progress.

  2. MariaMaria Angel
    MariaMaria Angel March 29, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Many things that we do are not a part of our job description. The problem with the adult, Bajan public is that a lot of the things teachers do, that we do not have to do, you take for granted and assume that we are to do as teachers.
    With every passing generation, because of the break down of traditional, core family values and social morals, more and more responsibility is piled on to our backs, while adults and children alike treat us with less and less respect, with the latter becoming more and more uncaring about their education and more and more badly raised. Then when we speak out against all the injustices piled against us by adults who should know better and by a society that is steadily declining, we are called “bad teachers”, we are told we “want firing”, we are condemned and insulted and made to feel guilty about standing up for our rights. What is wrong with standing up for our rights? Just because so many of you Bajans choose to sit and do nothing but grumble underneath your breath, while you are being “unfaired” by the powers that be, does not mean that teachers have to.
    MANY of you adults do not do anything at work that is not a part of your job description, who refuse point blank to do anything that is “above your pay grade.” Yet, when we teachers take the same stance as you, we are labelled as being uncaring. HYPOCRITES!
    Are we to sit down and let people walk all over us for the sake of YOUR children? Is that what being a teacher entails? Is teacher synonymous to “slave”? To “peon”? To “jackass?” To “second class citizen?” To “fool”??
    This matter can be easily solved. Either:
    1. Pay the teachers! Why? Because, those primary school teachers, who wish to, are allowed time out of school (with pay) to correct Common Entrance Papers. Furthermore, they are given a stipend to do so. S then, why can’t C.X. extend the same courtesy to the secondary school teachers, as it relates to the correction of S.B.As? Fair is fair.
    2. Pay other teachers, who do not teach at secondary school (believe it or not they are several who fit this criteria who already work for C.X.C) to correct the SBAs.

  3. David March 29, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Are you people aware that CXC bills the government for these services that you the teachers and Mary redman want, probably the time redman is away from classes should be deducted,and the time given to teachers to go university , terms leave, and all the time they take to do they personal things as well, you teachers have it to good, this should be decided by the law court

  4. David March 29, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Most of you teachers are all about MONEY

  5. David March 29, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    When these SBA’s are forward to cxc unmarked who will that affect THE STUDENT, it is all about MONEY see

  6. David March 29, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Who you young teachers think mark your SBA’s? . What about casting bread on the waters, giving back, when some people clime a ladder they kick it down, ungratefulness is a curse

  7. sunnygal March 30, 2015 at 7:13 am

    LOL!! I was waiting for some of these comments. This has nothing to do with teachers’ greed. In fact it is their goodwill which has been abused far too long.
    CXC (now CSEC) is an externally administered procedure. It is not devised by the schools. The teachers do not define the parameters of the SBAs;CXC does.
    What CXC has done is that they have cajoled the soft-hearted teachers into doing CXCs job. The problem is now that CXC SBAs are not just a fifth year assignment for a few subjects. These SBAs now start in first form and cover more subject areas. Frankly it impedes on the teacher’s ability to be effective because it now cuts into their regular instruction time (their core job).
    In the same way that CXC pays persons, some of them not even teachers to administer their other written exams, the body needs to acknowledge this flaw and pay the professionals (teachers) who they require to mark the SBAs. The fact is that the SBAs must be graded. Otherwise it appears that it is the Government of Barbados (and the other territories) who is paying to grade the SBAs out of the teachers’ salaries.
    BTW I know the term professional linked to teacher irks alot of you bad-minded Bajans. I have worked on both sides of the fence and alot of parents won’t want to hear it but it is you who are failing your children in a big way. School is a haven for many and many teachers are standing as surrogate. Willingly so I might add because yes, most teachers after seeing the lack of care and direction that alot of these children have want nothing more than for them to rise out of their situation.
    To the teachers, keep caring. To the parents, start caring more than the teachers. To those of you with no children and just a bad memory of one teacher, grow up. toodles.

  8. Alex Alleyne March 30, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Fire them all

  9. Alex Alleyne March 30, 2015 at 10:50 am

    POLITICS dividing the Country big time , Its going down hill fast . All older folk will be gone and the youth will remain to face the hardship that is left behind. All the MONEY everyone need won’t be worth anything because a loaf of bread will cost $25 each.

  10. Donna Harewood March 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Please, people! Let’s not be so emotional!. I don’t think you understand what a difficult job teachers have nowadays. I’m sure they must be totally tired at the end of the day. We parents need to send our children to school with the attitude and behaviour that will make their lives easier. Many of these children are uncontrollable. I get daily reports from my son that tell me so. I’m sure the burden of the SBA s is taking its toll. I taught primary school for a while and thoroughly enjoyed it but I was totally exhausted by the end of the term and that was twenty years ago when children behaved better in class. Secondary School is worse. I don’t agree with teachers about everything but……Why shouldn’t they be paid for their services? Their salaries aren’t high to begin with.

  11. Patrick Blackman March 30, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Mary Redman, you always seem to be at the center of the issue, am I missing something here?

  12. sue March 30, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    make teachers report to work live everybody else from 8 to 4 and give them 4 weeks holiday like every gov’t worker.does’nt mary redman teach a class? dock her pay when hidin out playing the fool.

  13. somebody March 30, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    teachers like they want to run and rule this country.
    I say fire all there are people out there who really want work everybody want money but can the country afford it ? use what tiny brains you have left after wasting them on foolishness. you mrs redman are the problem not mr broomes

  14. K.Eddy March 30, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Fact of the matter, CXC is paid by students to do a job. Write exams and then have them corrected. It is fundamentally their responsibility to have them corrected. They know how to get their exams corrected. The Education Authority has made no categorical statement that teacher HAVE to correct the papers. CXC will have to take the burden on in Bim, as well as region wide. They sell the service of examinations, simply they should pay to have their exams corrected.


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