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Spend more on early education training – UWI official

Spend more on early education training  – UWI official

A leading University of the West Indies (UWI) official is pleading with regional governments to invest in training of early education teachers. Chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Joint Board of Teacher Education (ECJBTE) Dr Babalola Ogunkola Tuesday expressed concern that only four of the seven member countries have students enrolled in the associate degree programme in […]

Vindicated!

Vindicated!

Combermere teachers have been absolved! That was the position of outspoken teacher Reverend Charles Morris who finally exhaled after receiving assurances that it was now safe for students and teachers to return to school. The teachers had come in for criticism after walking off the job last November, complaining that recurring environmental problems were making […]

Teachers give OK

Teachers give OK

Teachers at Combermere School have agreed to return to the classroom Tuesday. However this decision came only after their concerns over the environmental problems at the Waterford, St Michael learning institution were allayed at virtually the 11th hour. The consensus came after an hour-long meeting between staff and the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) at […]

Combermere mystery solved

Combermere mystery solved

After more than a year of disruptions, the mystery surrounding the foul odour that has permeated the Combermere School compound has finally been solved. Following “an extensive and fairly rigorous” examination, a team of technical specialists has concluded that chemical waste from Science labs, was one of the main reasons behind the pungent smell that […]

‘Jones is a disaster of epic proportions’

‘Jones is a disaster of epic proportions’

Minister of Education Ronald Jones is “incompetent and inefficient” and “a disaster of epic proportions” who has done untold damage to the ministry, according to one of Jones’ strongest critics. In a stinging rebuke of the minister, his nemesis Reverend Charles Morris contended that Jones did not have what it took to steer the Ministry […]

School closure is not holiday, warns Jones

School closure is not holiday, warns Jones

Minister of Education Ronald Jones is calling for revision of the protocols governing the work ethic of teachers whenever there are unscheduled school closures. In his feature address at the Caribbean Examination Council’s (CXC) luncheon and prize giving ceremony at the Accra Beach hotel today, Jones said in this age of advanced web-based communication, teachers […]

Still in limbo!

Still in limbo!

Attempts to persuade staff of the Combermere School that it is safe to return to the classroom did not go over as smoothly as the Ministry of Education may have hoped. Staff members were summoned to a meeting at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Friday morning to hear first-hand the findings of the research team assembled […]

Drop in applications for school reallocation

Drop in applications for school reallocation

There has been a steep drop in the number of applications for secondary school reallocation received by the Ministry of Education following the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination, commonly referred to as the Common Entrance Examination. According to Minister of Education Ronald Jones, the figure has been reduced from approximately 900 applications in 2008, to […]

Calling on Jones

Calling on Jones

Parents of students of Combermere School are turning up the heat on Minister of Education Ronald Jones, demanding that he explains how his ministry intends to make up for the five weeks of tutelage lost by the 1,100 students displaced by the most recent flare up of the recurring environmental problems. Members of the Combermere […]

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