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Building up the net of values

. . . In my opinion, the first and most important goal (of education) should be that no child leaves primary school in 2013 unable to read, write and comprehend at the age appropriate level. We have five years to achieve this first goal . . . . –– From a letter to the Editor in […]

Give T.T Lewis his just due!

Errol Barrow, who was never known for being a hypocrite in the politics of Barbados, obviously had tremendous respect for the quiet but outstanding contribution of this genuine hero of 20th century Barbadian working-class struggle. With his trademark frankness, Barrow spoke on June 19, 1962, in a highly complimentary fashion about Edwin Atholl Seymour T.T. […]

The woes of teachers

The teaching profession is one of the world’s oldest and most respected. It has been dubbed the noble profession, but as fate would have it, teachers generally consider it as the Cinderella of all professions. The explanation given for this is that teaching is considered to be a thankless job. Teachers bear the brunt of […]

Debate on new Sagicor T20 format

Mixed feelings have been expressed on the restructured Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Sagicor General Twenty20 Championship following the completion of the Super 10 (Phase 1) last Saturday. Featuring the ten First division teams and with only the zone winners advancing to the Super 12, the format was always likely to have its pros and cons. […]

Psychologists needed at school

Over the past couple of months, there has been an upsurge in violent behaviour at several secondary schools across Barbados, the most recent involving a 14-year-old Ellerslie Secondary student. The call for expulsion, according to the president of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union, Mary Redman, her union’s decision, is in keeping with the Ministry Of […]

The right balance in justice

In recent months, much discussion has swirled around our justice system: delays in bringing accused persons to trial; letting accused murderers out on bail; and the Mercy Committee’s pardoning of some convicted of crimes, heinous and otherwise. Entered into this discussion is the death penalty and suitable punishments for crimes. There is no doubt our […]

A public good and great hope

The success of a democracy is to be judged to the extent to which it can assure that government is publicly accountable. –– John Griffith and Michael Ryle on parliamentary practice (1989). I fully appreciate that governments do not enthusiastically welcome accountability, as such would serve to limit their freedom of action, and at times […]

The BSTU and BUT are wrong!

I will make bold to say the trade unions of Barbados do not have a greater friend and supporter than David Comissiong. But, when you’re wrong, you are wrong! And, there can be no doubt the leaders of both the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) and the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) are completely wrong […]

WICB in dire need of rebranding

The current impasse between the West Indies Cricket Board and CARICOM Heads of Government over the state of West Indies cricket casts the spotlight on issues of corporate and public governance. We respond to some concerns raised in the media on governance in West Indian cricket by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of Barbados and member […]

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