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Education Minister appeals to teachers

Think again and put the children first.

That was the plea from Minister of Education Ronald Jones to secondary school teachers who say they will not to correct the School Based Assessments (SBAs) papers without compensation.

Address the monthly meeting of the Democratic Labour Party’s St Michael South constituency branch at the Bay Primary School last evening, he said he understands the teachers’ frustrations but questioned their stance.

“I would not say that the teachers’ work is an easy one . . . I know the frustrations that you feel sometimes when you are trying hard and desperately to ensure that that child is successful because there is a view that if the child did not learn you did not teach,” the former teacher said.

The Christ Church East Central MP encouraged the teachers to continue their discussions and negotiations with the powers that be and hold off their action.

“Our children must be the ones we place first. Continue your discussions, continue your negotiations, because children look up to teachers; you may not notice it, but they do,” he said.

However, the Education Minister stressed that he was “not quarrelling with the teachers”.

27 Responses to Education Minister appeals to teachers

  1. Clive Walrond
    Clive Walrond March 30, 2015 at 7:34 am

    If they want money tax them high , or hire other people pirvite to correct them.

  2. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves March 30, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Honestly i don’t see why teachers should be paid extra to correct SBA papers bet they will soon ask for payment to correct end of term examination papers too.

    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce March 30, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Matthew Greaves, well said!

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase March 30, 2015 at 5:18 pm


    • MariaMaria Angel
      MariaMaria Angel March 30, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Your comment Matthew is proof that anyone can comment on an issue without knowing the full details. My advice to you is to avoid forming an opinion when you are ignorant about salient facts.

    • Alison Branch
      Alison Branch March 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      I’m with the teachers on this. The hubris of CXC! How do you force teachers to mark SBA’ s, turn round and charge them if they input information incorrectly, and this third party is not the teachers’ employer? The ministry of Education needs to represent their employees and tell CXC to dial back the crazy!

  3. Elridge Dixon
    Elridge Dixon March 30, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Is this peculiar to Barbados or are other teachers throughout the region agitating for the the same?

    • Alison Branch
      Alison Branch March 30, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      BSTU must have communication with their peers in the region. They must present an unified front or it will look like Barbados teachers nitpicking!

  4. Duane Burke
    Duane Burke March 30, 2015 at 9:03 am

    This apoears to have been ongoing for some time. Thus the timing of their announcement appears coincidental to the timing of the SBA correction. I guess they will say leverage while some may say not concerned about the children they teach. I suspect that the Minister maybe wasting their breath. If we had journalist instead of reporters maybe the question as to why the timing now to make this announcement?

  5. Dan Vaughn
    Dan Vaughn March 30, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Best thing ever said

  6. Alex Alleyne March 30, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Fire them all . They just don’t care about the children or Country.
    Its all about MONEY which thay will go out and “lick-it-out” .

  7. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 30, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Jones made a valid point and I don’t see why he have to tell the teachers ‘he ain’t quarrelling with them’ personal differences should be put on the back burner. As the minister of education he has got the right to speak on the issue regarding the children’s education. He shouldn’t have to be walking on egg shells to get his point across. As for compensation the parents should sue the teachers for not doing the job they are paid to do. (Even if wanna get paid every other month wanna still get paid.)

  8. Patrick Blackman March 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    This minister could not find two coherent sentences with a flashlight… this guy just baffles me everytime.

  9. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha March 30, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    correct them at home work yes…

  10. Louise King
    Louise King March 30, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    teach-ers getting foolish-? are becoming a big issue–in schools–

  11. MariaMaria Angel
    MariaMaria Angel March 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Poor you. You are highly misinformed. Teachers ARE NOT paid to correct SBAs. It is not in their job description. They have been doing it voluntarily for years. Here is a thought. Why don’t you go and volunteer to do some of the teachers’ work. Here is another thought: can I sue YOU for not doing volunteer work? Or for not doing work not out lined in your job description? #ignoranceisNOTbliss

  12. Sandrene Browne
    Sandrene Browne March 30, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Do teachers pay to use the schools after hours and weekends to teach lessons? Do they pay additional NIS and income tax? As much as I blue vex about not getting my tax refund, I does get pissed because I can’t use my office outside of normal hours to earn extra income. STUPSE

    • MariaMaria Angel
      MariaMaria Angel March 30, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      What point are you trying to make? What does using a school to teach lessons, have to do with correcting SBAs??? I don;t hear people like you complaining when we take our hard earned money, from our own salaries and spend on books, foods and uniforms for needy, under-privileged children, or spend on rewards for good workers, or spend on materials to teach your children, because the government claims it is broke. The extra money teachers making on lessons fretting you, huh? Keep checking for people and see how happy it makes you. STUSPE.

    • Sandrene Browne
      Sandrene Browne March 30, 2015 at 6:31 pm


    • Queenie ShaSha
      Queenie ShaSha March 30, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      yes mariaaaa….nuff chat fuh teachers but dont kno wha d reallllll deal iz…all some ppl do is dress um and ship them off and collect them at 3….

  13. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha March 30, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    exactly maria…not a boy would do it but teachers are the scapegoats of this nation

  14. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha March 30, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    lessons lasts about what an 1 hr for student who are chosen by the teacher at the request of parents who either cant help or dont know how to help their kids…sitting down correcting papers at work ia fine but not on my time at my house using my electricity ignoring my kids/husband/man for near 3 hrs str8 because they are alotttt of sbas to correct…common netrance is done for specified time outside of school and they are paid …its bad enough that the parents sitting down expecting us to their jobs now cxc too and then criterion referenced test which is another blasphemy of a job that teachers have tp tackle in groups to get it done by entering 1 and 0 on a analysis sheet after correcting allll the scripts too but there a testing and evaluation section at the moe for what reason…i feel teachers are abused and they are used as scapegoats for this nation..ppl say oh do it for the kids but the ppl whp brought those kids here dont even do what they should for them …had not teachers only god knows what some of these kids would turn to be…so if everyone pass off their job or responsinilities to one person will the situation improve nooooo… thats why the kids so bad now because the faults in the system showing up . many parents sit daily and just deflect their dutiesfor their OWN kids onto a teacher bu the kids are theirs for life tho…you havr to takr responsibility for the child you laid down and created …simple …ppl dont recognize what u do until u stop doing it and if teachers have been do this voluntarily even though its not on their job description before it doesnt mean the new crop of teachera have too because there is a difference between between generosity and being used ….

  15. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha March 30, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    if u work unpaid overtime kudos to you but dont say othes have to just because youve done it …if its not on my job description why shud i dp it …furthermore after hours at my house ….if so please volunteer at cxc then to correct them

  16. Thomas Larrier March 30, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    People… get real. The teachers are on sound footing here. Marking SBAs are not part of the remit as teachers. CXC has been getting away with paying nothing for years. The staff at CXC are paid large, non-taxed salaries, and you are demanding that teachers don’t get remunerated for their labour. Utter rubbish!!

    Teachers are hired by the Ministry of Education. O-Levels and A-Levels are set and administered by an external governing body called CXC. Should they give up their labour for free? Would you give up your labour for free? If the examining body was Cambridge, would you expect the teachers to mark SBAs for free? SMH!!

  17. Alison Branch
    Alison Branch March 30, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Well if we talking volunteerism, let retired educators sign up to mark the SBA’ s! Howzatt

  18. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway March 30, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Is it part of the normal annual contract expecation … ?

  19. Joan Worrell
    Joan Worrell March 30, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Not another Caribbean country is boycotting the marking of SBA’s. I am asking Bajans to stop and think for one moment. Look at the person who is in the vanguard of this stupid decision. Do you think that person cares whether your child or my child passes an exam? The only qualification that person’s family and friends require, is to reach age 18 and they enter the family business as a junior manager and after 5 hears, they are promoted over the black sujpervisors as managers. My heart bleeds when I can see black people, whose fore-parents worked at that person’s family estate, agreeing to jeopardize the future of the masses who look like them. Time is short. I would like every parent of children taking the CSEC and CAPE exams to turn up at the respective schools and let the teachers know how they feel about their dereliction of duty.


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