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It’s a strike

Ministry Condemns call out by teachers’ unions

All Government schools are to be closed from 12:30 p.m. tomorrow in response to what the Ministry of Education is calling “a clear case of industrial action” by this island’s two teachers’ unions.

Following last week’s incident at Ellerslie Secondary School in which a teacher was reportedly spat on and kicked by a third form student, the Barbados Union of Teachers has scheduled a meeting for its members for 1p.m. tomorrow at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium.

Half an hour later, members of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) are due to gather at the Barbados Workers Union headquarters at Solidarity House.

BSTU President Mary Redman told Barbados TODAY yesterday that the incident was among the issues they planned to discuss at the meetings.

However, in a statement this evening, the ministry roundly condemned the unions’ action, saying it considered it to be “a clear case of industrial action”.

The ministry also said it was unclear as to the reason for the call out, even though both unions have publicly stated that they intend to deal with the general problem of violence in schools, as well as other pressing problems.

“The ministry intends always to act in the best interest of the students and teachers and any action and activity which compromises this must be condemned,” the statement issued by the Barbados Government Information Service added.

17 Responses to It’s a strike

  1. Sherlock Holmes. April 22, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Since you have apparently been humbled by certain revelations as it relates to this matter this was expected of you to create strife in the school system, Miss Redman having made yourself look rather silly on Brasstacks where Peter Wickham did not agree with you in part with your criticism of the Minister of Education and more so that it is apparent that the general public did not support the actions of your union in the call for the immediate expulsion of that student without a fair trial,it is now clear that this action of disrupting school today can be construed as retaliation. This type of behavior is irresponsible and totally unwarranted i see no reason why this meeting could not have been held on Saturday, this action was taken without consideration for parents who because of job constraints may not be able to properly attend to the collection of their children at school closure today,or may have to resort to leaving them at home if that is an option,i am convinced that some of the problems in the school system lies squarely at the feet of persons who because of their egos make rash decisions and then speak of behavior of the students.Then there is the talk about the decline of productivity ,well today will be clear case of such,this action will surely have it’s effect on the level of productivity in all sectors where parents are affected by this disruption,and the other union which has also called out it’s members seemed not to have considered that the students preparing for the eleven plus examination should be accorded all the time that they can get at this stage to be properly prepared for the examination a few days away. It is time for this type of behavior to stop it is detrimental to our school children.

    • Carson C Cadogan April 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Well said Sherlock, this woman is a nuisance only bent on causing strife and her intention is to disrupt orderly life in Barbados as we all know it. She cares nothing about our children and their parents. How long before she is reinged in?

      what is her ulterior motive for doing this? Could her political party of choice be the driving force?

    • wayne April 22, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      A bunch of hogwash, politics make strange bedfellows it’s plain as midday, you started out with support of Wickman , birds of a feather , now if the child was taught respect for Authority, There would be no need for the meeting , if you want to make a point for the parents not being able to look out for their children ,then why would you support the behavior of disrespect exhibited by the children?

  2. Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams April 22, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I still think there is more to this story…..Barbados today, nation news and loop news, all shared the same story saying a student spat on a teacher and kicked her in the privates…..The story change after the police interviewed her “classmates”. Hmm…..who gave the media outlets their initial reports? Who did the police question? How come the teaching unions were sooo adamant the child should be expelled? Why was the child called a troubled teen? Are students allowed to fight back if they feel unfaired? What did the child complain to the principal about? Why did the child write her own complaints? Why not the parent? What did the school do about her complaints? How many complaints were made against the student prior to the incident? Is it true the student is usually prone to fights and speaking rudely to teachers? If her classmate took her chair, does that mean the classroom is short by one chair? If you were asked by your teacher to sit, does saying your chair was taken up by ur peer constitute a reasonable excuse? I assume an extra would always be there? Not so? Lots of questions

    • harry turnover April 22, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      Redman is using the students to lash back at Jones and the Ministry.
      It appears Redman knows more about the situation than Jones.
      @Ryan Williams …..not…” you STILL think.” appears you know a lot more.
      Why then don’t the media interview some of her classmates ? it also appears that she doesn’t get on well with some of them.

  3. Prince Trémaine
    Prince Trémaine April 22, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Guess we need a Students union to strike for the students welfare as well. What about the abuse students face at the hands of teachers?

    • Ras Unjay
      Ras Unjay April 22, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      and no pay for teachers when children on strike,

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria April 22, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Lol, parents on strike, too…no turning up for PTA meetings, year level meetings, meetings with the Principal concerning their child’s behaviour, to collect them in a timely manner after school or when they are severely ill. It’s a running ‘joke’ among teachers that we only see some parents twice: first day of school and graduation.

  4. Rochelle April 22, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I concur

  5. dave April 22, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Sherlock Holmes ? How can you come to your conclusions. Your magnifying glass is cloudy from the hot air .

  6. Sherlock Holmes. April 22, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Dave, please i know you like to be noticed but i came to the conclusions from what i have observed, and also what i have heard,if you are oblivious to what is going on then that is your problem i call a spade a spade and foolishness, FOOLISHNESS,where it is merited,if my magnifying glass as you put it is cloudy from hot air then i must be angry at this nonsense and the steam that is blowing off has clouded it, my dear fellow,anyway you are free to your opinions so i will refrain from castigating you have a great day Dave.

  7. lester April 22, 2016 at 10:58 am

    This is the height of folly, Ms. Redman seem to be on a mission to destroy the educational system in this country, 1st it was the SBA’s
    she wanted PAYMENT since she did not achieve that she is now saying it is too much work on teacher and student so scrap the whole thing, well she was coca-hoop about the issue of a student attacking a teacher that now has been added to the reason for the strike action taken today, disrupting not only the schools but parents also again what height of folly

  8. Carson C Cadogan April 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I think the students of Barbados need to form Student Unions to protect their interests and it needs to be done soon.


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