Remove him!

Outspoken teacher says Combermere School principal is the problem

Outspoken Combermere School senior teacher Reverend Charles Morris has given the school’s principal Vere Parris a failing grade for his handling of the ongoing environmental woes plaguing the secondary school at Waterford, St Michael.

In a candid interview with Barbados TODAY, Morris rubbished Parris’ notion of sabotage being at the heart at the latest flare up that has resulted in the closure of the school for the past two weeks.

“It is insulting and absurd that a leader of a school could come up with [that]. Now, how could you establish anything about sabotage? If the principal is going to say anything about sabotage, he needs to tell us the possible persons that could have done it. Was it the teachers? Was it the students? Was it the principal himself? He is moving from one speculation to the other without any proof,” charged Morris.

The senior educator also questioned why police were not called in to investigate the alleged criminal attempt to disrupt the school’s operations.

It was during a meeting with parents at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic last week that Parris pointed to possible sabotage of one of the school’s sewer caps, which he said was partly to blame for the recent foul odour affecting the school. However, the principal did not say who he thought was responsible for the deliberate damage. He also suggested that the nearby acacia trees, as well as chemicals disposed by the Science Lab, were also contributing to environmental problems.

However, Morris refuted the chronology of Parris’ claim, arguing that the timing of the alleged sabotage did not coincide with the emergence of the complaints at the beginning of the academic year.

Principal of the Combermere School Vere Parris
Principal of the Combermere School Vere Parris

“He claimed that the last time the environmental persons would have checked was in October. Now, if he checked in October, how could that be a factor? If they checked in October and everything was OK, then his theory does not make sense, as teachers and students were complaining since the first week in September. So that throws Parris’ theory through the door,” contended the educator.

The Anglican cleric was equally adamant that the school was in desperate need of leadership as “Parris has not demonstrated good crisis management skills, nor has he operated in the best interest of staff”.

“The principal is moving from one level of stupidity to another and his actions can only be classified as stupidity of the highest order. The principal is trying to divert everything that happens at Combermere. To me, Combermere has been sabotaged since 2005 and a ‘Parrisite’ is causing the sabotage at the school. If he knows about sabotage and is refusing to call the police then he should be charged, or at least questioned. Combermere lacks leadership and I am not hiding my mouth about this one,” said a clearly miffed Morris.

He opined that if the Ministry of Education and the principal were truly interested in a long-term solution, the school would be temporarily relocated until professionals could effectively determine and eradicate the source of the environmental issues.

“The principal has no interest in relocating the school. The only interest he has is this Rihanna Centre of Excellence. He came to us with this plan for $15.5 million to have this Rihanna Centre of Excellence established over by where the library and old headmaster’s house is. He came to us with this elaborate plan and he says he wants that done before he retires,” Morris disclosed.

He argued that while plans were being made to raise the funds for that massive undertaking, the school was in desperate need of basic essentials, such as furniture, as well as infrastructural improvement.
Efforts to reach Parris for comment Monday were unsuccessful.

18 Responses to Remove him!

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince November 29, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Not good.

  2. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan November 29, 2016 at 12:33 am

    So wait Reverend Morris, who died and left you the ruler of Vere Parris’ tongue. You have the right to your view and so does he, so explain why he is an idiot and you have Einstein’s brain. Come on man!!

  3. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan November 29, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Reverend Morris may have valid points but why is he always so far left??? To refer to the principal as a “parrisite’ and insinuate that he is involved in the sabotage he spoke about too!!! Maybe that red rag of his will some day land him before the court

  4. Meakai November 29, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Give them an inch…

  5. ch November 29, 2016 at 1:17 am

    ” Combermere lacks leadership..” Really?
    That has been the truth for several years, not now.

  6. Ormond Mayers November 29, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Why can’t the Principal asked Rihanna to finance the building of Rihanna Centre of Excellence, which in my view at a cost of 15.5 million dollars , is a waste of resources. Can the Principal find someone more befitting of such a venture?

  7. Environmentalwatchman November 29, 2016 at 7:04 am

    What a truly nasty low commentary. And the man is a “Reverend”.

  8. Carson C Cadogan November 29, 2016 at 7:55 am

    All decked out in his Barbados Labour Party red colour.

    • Phil November 29, 2016 at 10:25 am

      All comments shown here are fair except that of one Carson C Cadogan. I guess the C in your middle name stands for CLUELESS. You are too politically polarized. It is persons like you who has this country so divided. You need to shut up man.

  9. Alex Alleyne November 29, 2016 at 8:03 am

    This is what BAJANS has come down to , everyone trying to “cut one another throat”.

  10. Stevon Roberts November 29, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I always said he was a poor head master from the beginning and I would love to see him go. The Combermere spirit is slowly dieing thanks to him.

  11. Concerned Parent November 29, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Morris needs to stop worrying about the principal and focus on teaching his students Caribbean Studies in Upper sixth!! As a parent I am very concerned about the number of classes he has missed and students have CAPE exams to prepare for!!. I find him to be quite aggressive and insulting to his work colleagues and shows no respect for leadership or confidentiality since he runs to the media with everything discussed in his staff meetings. The students are suffering. Morris has always been unnecessarily controversial and many of us parents ask why he still remains at Combermere if the school makes him ‘sick’?
    He can request a transfer or come out medically unfit. Morris is too concerned with accusations and pointing fingers while he carries out his secret BLP agenda to destabilise this country. Put the children first and teach Mr. MORRIS!!

  12. Sue Donym November 29, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Outspoken and out of line! This can’t be a good approach to personal or professional relations.

    How is it Mr Parris’s duty to identify a perpetrator – did (s)he leave a signed confession and fingerprint evidence? If Mr Parris is such a poor fit for the school, surely there are others who believe so and it becomes an obligation to officially notify the school’s board, the ministry of education, the PTA.

    If Mr Parris has unrealistic priorities, he still doesn’t have the final say. At least consider what are the children learning from your various displays!

  13. Adrian November 29, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I think it’s time this “mashup and buy black mentally” stops.

  14. Tony Waterman November 29, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    What i don’t understand is why is Mr.Morris bkaming the Principal for things NOT under his control, is Mr.Morris AFRAID to Blame the Minister and the Ministry for this Debacle???

    It is Obvious to me, and it SHOULD be Obvious to Most Reasonable persons, that the Godly Reverend, does not have much Godly Love for Mr.Parris, and as such SHOULD be Transferred out of Combermere School (It Takes two to Tangle)

    This Building has been in use for 58 Years, and has been trouble free for all of them except about the last 2 Years, WHY??? i say because of a lack of Proper maintenance of the PROPERTY.

    So why would the Ministry not send in a complete Crew, and clean the Building from stem to stern. inside and outside.

    BTW!!! has anyone noticed that these problems only started after that property started being used for all sorts of things by Sam Couchie and the Duppy (Everyone) ????????

  15. Tony Waterman November 29, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    One thing that i forgot to ask, has anyone from the Ministry done a survey of the Properties just behind the School Wall (West) to find out if they have been bothered by these SMELLS allegedly eminating from the School.
    Houses by the School’s Back gate are Perhaps less that 50 Yds from the School, and SHOULD be affected by these Smells also, as they are Down wind of the School.
    i am reminded of this, as i was there on that Road below the School this summer, I attended the WAKE of the Young Combermere Student, who died Suddenly, and she lived around the Corner from the School.

  16. Alex Alleyne November 29, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Wearing that colour shirt at this time , will anyone expect anything different . It’s all POLITICS, when is the foolishness going to stop. After this coming election we will be hearing from some of the same persons cussing the BLP.

  17. Ronnii December 1, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Me calling my boss stupid and in a public arena =?


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