Case dismissed

The case brought by the Ministry of Education against two Rastafarian parents has been dismissed.

Ijui Jah and his partner Isartes Ibre were initially found guilty of breaching Section 41 Clause (b) of the Education Act, Chapter 41 on the grounds that there is absolutely no record of the children  — a boy and a girl both under the age of 12 — ever attending formal classes.

There were plenty of smiles to go around on the steps of the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today after the ruling was issued.

The matter was thrown out by District ‘A’ Magistrate Douglas Frederick today after the prosecutor tried to amend the charge. Frederick argued that such action would have been prejudicial.

Ijui Jah, right, and his partner Isartes Ibre, second from right, leaving the courthouse today in the company of a supporter and one of their children.

However, the parents still have one more legal hurdle to overcome.

The court is yet to decide whether it will hear an application made by the Child Care Board for the children to be made wards of the court.

That matter comes up for hearing on December 13.

50 Responses to Case dismissed

  1. Hal Austin October 28, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    The CCB is grossly incompetent. Having lost the case, they want a second bite.
    Congratulations to the parents, and a magistrate who has seen common sense.
    Let’s see what the media and politicians say.t

  2. Ian Bess
    Ian Bess October 28, 2016 at 3:06 pm


  3. Vishska Bokeesh
    Vishska Bokeesh October 28, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Good outcome I’m pleased

  4. Tricia Mondore
    Tricia Mondore October 28, 2016 at 3:10 pm


  5. Sarah Pomeranz Layne
    Sarah Pomeranz Layne October 28, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Does that mean that will be placed in school and not home schooled??

  6. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd October 28, 2016 at 3:16 pm
  7. Tricia D. Millington
    Tricia D. Millington October 28, 2016 at 3:17 pm


  8. Karen Farmer Troulan
    Karen Farmer Troulan October 28, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Great news.

  9. Vylna Agnes George
    Vylna Agnes George October 28, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Was any other judgement really expected? X

  10. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain October 28, 2016 at 3:29 pm
  11. Sunshine Sunny Shine October 28, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    When this is finished, the Child Care Board will improve their record of operating in incompetence. Better for them to let this go instead of using this case to redeem their poor image. They have an opportunity to work with this family instead of trying to rip them apart.

  12. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince October 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Public opinion mattered…..

  13. Jada Jameson
    Jada Jameson October 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Lol another matter bring by the child care board? Isn’t that the same board that doesn’t do much for the 12 boy whom took his life? The 3 kid alleged killed by others, the young girl alleged rape by the stepfather? good this case should be thrown out, and that board entire staff wants firing. Good luck to the parents of the young children.

    • Brien King
      Brien King October 28, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      Ministry of education is who brought the case against them, not the CCB. Buy yea I agree the the whole CCB should be fired and permanently get rid of their lawyer, bunch of hypocrites they are.

  14. Tara Dee Jarvis
    Tara Dee Jarvis October 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm


  15. Diane Elaine Dias
    Diane Elaine Dias October 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Alot of children need to be made wards of the court . Not these two…. The children who need ‘ warding’ are the ones who are being abused , sexually , physically , and/or mentally. These two children have parents who love them and are willing to go to jail for them.

  16. Black John
    Black John October 28, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Congrats on a battle well fought…as for the CCB really….man just relax and stop trying to make a damn mountain out of nothing…are the children in any harm…are they being abuse…obviously these parents love they children.Lets stop this damn judging because ppl choose to be different and support our ppl…CCB go take a break as always.

  17. Lucinda Katrina McSinister
    Lucinda Katrina McSinister October 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm


  18. Bumbalion Beckles
    Bumbalion Beckles October 28, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Best news for the year jah bless

  19. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan October 28, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I hope the Ministry will seek to offer any assistance they can now.

  20. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock October 28, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    The little boy can read better than the news presenters on the local scene.

    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith October 28, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Rawle don’t go there,that’s a whole different story all together. Some of them are horrible both in reading and writing of their articles.

  21. Judith Hebson
    Judith Hebson October 28, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Fantastic news 🙂

  22. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne October 28, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    This is one Babylon vs. Rasta war where Rasta fought the law and won.

    • Brien King
      Brien King October 28, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      They have won one thanks to Andrew Pilgrim but have one more to go with the CCB in the high court.

  23. Pat Edwards
    Pat Edwards October 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm
  24. Pat Edwards
    Pat Edwards October 28, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    This decision pleases me as a good law abiding citizen of this also shows us that the justice system can still for that case by the child care board they should withdraw their papers and close the file…leave the family alone…Did they see marks and bruises and signs of physical abuse can they prove there is mental and emotional abuse? On what Grounds are they fighting for these children. We need to know or else we will say you aint got no case

    • Brien King
      Brien King October 28, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      It is just a show by the CCB that we can bully parents of their kids and cause the law courts to back them and enforce their nasty deeds.

  25. Cynthia Blackman
    Cynthia Blackman October 28, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Continue to do what you know is in the best interest of your children ,

  26. Mary Amos
    Mary Amos October 28, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I am happy

  27. Andrea BajanfromEaglehall Rock
    Andrea BajanfromEaglehall Rock October 28, 2016 at 5:18 pm
  28. Brien King
    Brien King October 28, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    What you mean work with them? You mean leave them alone and go and weed the grass about the place. Those fools and that clown they have for a lawyer don’t know their left foot from their right.

  29. harry turnover October 28, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    You doan know the Child Care Board does mek me laugh doah.Why wunna want the children to be made wards of the Court ? for WHAT ? wunna want de public to feel that wunna doing something for children NOW…..wunna looking for good name or wha ?,wunna now trying to bolt the gate now that the HORSE gone long ?
    de body dat making dat request should make it again and den drop down …..d.
    Why wunna doan try and make those children THAT ARE SCHOOLED AT HOME BY NON BLACKS wards of the Court too

    • Coralita October 29, 2016 at 10:25 am

      If you know of WHITE PEOPLE or OTHER ETHNICITIES in Barbados who are homeschooling without the approval of the Ministry of Education, give us the LIST. I doubt very much you will find one but I am waiting.

      People who seek to accuse should always have facts.

  30. Donild Trimp October 28, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    The case should never have gone before the court in the first place. Some people with power in Barbados are just plain ignorant.

    The Magistrate reached the correct decision in this matter.

    It would be foolish for the CCB to pursue this any further in an effort to take these kids away from their loving parents when all the evidence indicate that the IQ of these two kids are on par and in most instances way higher than other kids their own age group in Barbados.

    What is the message here? The CCB seems to be made up of educated fools.

  31. Rosalind Eastmond
    Rosalind Eastmond October 28, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Good News ….

  32. Blanchard Ulanda
    Blanchard Ulanda October 28, 2016 at 6:32 pm
  33. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith October 28, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    The CCB need to leave the children with their parents,with they incompetence and neglect in dealing with the children of Barbados,for to take them and put them in a system which they are not accustomed too will not work,what the MOE maybe can do is work along with the parents,because they are others on the island who home school their children without any problems.

  34. BoboTheClown October 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Why all a wunna dat da talk a whole lot a cow dung ,don’t follow suit n keep unna picknies at home and teach um . Wunna all yapping wid lickle substance. A gine bet dat all a unna children at School ’cause some a unna can’t eben teach a yeah sheep . Maybe de Court did se right ting ,but um is de kids dat will afa deal wid wha confront dem when de time a come.
    A guess by de time da get a lickle bitty bit older, plantin n sell in Wedd will be legal so da can say dat dey are a farmer or a tradesman, or an Educated Erbalist , or better still an educated fool.

  35. Mac October 28, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    This story is very puzzling.

    Ijui Jah and his partner Isartes Ibre were initially found guilty of breaching Section 41 Clause (b) of the Education Act, Chapter 41 on the grounds that there is absolutely no record of the children — a boy and a girl both under the age of 12 — ever attending formal classes.
    I thought that this court appearance was for the purpose of sentencing.

    Why would the prosecution want to amend the charge if the accused had already been found guilty.?

    BT can you shed some light.

  36. ch October 28, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    It has nothing to do with rasta or not- Bajans are hypocrites, only because they do not respect law and order. If they breached the Education Act and were duly charged for it why is that a social cause?
    The outcome simply indicates incompetence by the prosecutor.
    When people distort and disregard the law because they lack the discipline to live by it and the rest lack the courage to enforce it, the day will come when you want its protection and you will be naked and afraid.
    Because it will not be there.

  37. Hal Austin October 29, 2016 at 4:22 am

    If it was Muslim or Hindu school this would not have happened.

    • Coralita October 29, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Do Rastafarians have a school that is registered to operate under the laws of Barbados? If they do, please enlighten the public.

      There are many private schools in Barbados that are registered and operate within the laws so your statement does not make sense.

      Adventist, Muslims, Roman Catholic, People’s Cathedral and others operate schools in Barbados. They follow the curriculum of the Ministry of Education (MOE). The Rastafarian couple said their children are taught Maths, English and Religion at home, is that enough or are they being deprived? They do not want to follow the curriculum of the MOE.

      This case never had anything to do with the religion of the family, it had to do with the children being deprived of a full formal education under the law. I guess they are now back to their Maths, English and Religion curriculum. The least the magistrate should have done is put a condition that these parents go through the channels to have a proper homeschooling system put in place for their children.

      The prosecutor whoever they are that messed up this case, should be fired.

      The CCB should leave these children with their parents, they should never have been separated.

    • Coralita October 29, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Hal, if the Rastafarian parent had gone to the Ministry of Education and applied to homeschool and had all the proper protocols put in place to do so, this would not have happened.

  38. CHARLES S. CADOGAN SR October 29, 2016 at 10:46 am

    First and foremost,I am very thrilled and happy with the outcome for the parents and their two children; Now a few things are troubling me with this whole situation. 1:- I see where quite a few people are stressing about a school curriculum. Well in regards to a school curriculum, the school have them in place,but it’s NOT working for all of the children who are in school either; 2:- Being deprived. I do not see how these children will be deprived of any education which their parents will do all that’s within their power to provide for them. The children look very happy and contented. And that’s saying a lot to start with. 3:- How can the Government be doing these children any favours by taking them away from their parents who seems to be doing an EXCELLENT job of leading them in the right direction. Taking them away from their parents is disrupting their lifestyle and customs. I do not see where the Government has the rights to do this to a family who’s doing the right things in raising their children to follow a tradition and culture. So what makes all other religions right to do as they see fit for their children,and not these two parents for their children?

    • Coralita October 29, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Hal, what makes me so wrong and you so right????

      These children are well pass the school entry age. You really think you can come up in here blaming the State and absolving the parents of any responsibility and accountability, when said parents said they are not interested in the curriculum of the Ministry of Education and had a local culture man seeking an alternative curriculum for them? You can bottle that and sell it to the emotionalist crowd. You really think that they don’t know the laws of the country as it relates to sending their children to school? The parents failed too not only the state.

      I don’t think it should have gotten to this stage in the court system either but why don’t the parents want to do like other home schoolers and follow the curriculum? You can come back with the answer.

      Parents in Barbados who are homeschooling have been given permission to do so after they applied to the Ministry. The parents are the ones who have to initiate the process, unless you are going to tell me that the ministry knows when children are due to start school in every household in Barbados and which ones will be homeschooled!!!

      I think it was sometime in 2014 or 2015 that a woman was taken to court for not sending her son to school and I did not hear all this talk. Too much emotional brouhaha.

  39. Hal Austin October 29, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I understand where you are coming from, but you are wrong. If the head or school welfare had spoken to the parents and this was their decision, it is the duty of the officials (the state) to take them through the proper procedures, not the other way round.
    The state failed because of a lack of competence. How did it get from children not attending school to the criminal courts? What does the state benefit from criminalising the parents and identifying the children?
    The answer is brutish authoritarianism. Officials not prepared to compromise. It is part of our national psychology.

  40. Ginger October 29, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    What the CCB needs to do is gather up all those students (MINORS) who are having sex at school during instruction time, the ones that are fighting and posting on social media and the ones riding transport board buses all day for free and put them in an institution. Leave these two beautiful, well loved children alone!!!!
    CCB – Bunch of hippocrates

  41. Concerned Parent October 29, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Jah Rastafarian! Justice has been truly served!Hail to the Parents Continue to home school your children You are doing a great job raising your children according to your religious beliefs.Bless up!


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