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Tread carefully with Venezuela, academics warn

Tread carefully with Venezuela, academics warn

Amid a deepening economic and political crisis in Venezuela, regional leaders have been told they need to “wake up and smell the coffee” as far as the threat to regional stability is concerned. During a University of the West Indies (UWI) organized panel discussion that was streamed live on Tuesday night, retired director of the […]

Failing grade

Failing grade

A veteran educator has partly blamed teachers for the poor performance of some students, arguing that they are failing in their duty to their charges. Former Bay Primary principal Grantley Osbourne said love was lacking between teachers and students and that was translating into children’s academic shortcomings. “The reason why children are not performing at […]

‘Inniss flip-flopping on fired teacher’s case’

‘Inniss flip-flopping on fired teacher’s case’

President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) Mary Redman is accusing some Government ministers of attempting to discredit high-ranking union officials and belittling the union’s work in a bid to hide their incompetence and that of some of the senior officers in the ministries they run. Redman took special aim at Minister of Industry, […]

Wet start to new school year

Wet start to new school year

Dreary skies and light drizzles could not put a damper on the opening of school today, as most primary and secondary institutions began the new school year. Students began queuing at bus stops from as early as 6 a.m. today, waiting for transportation to what were new schools for many. General Manager of the Transport […]

Jones fed up with Redman’s ‘rubbish’

Jones fed up with Redman’s ‘rubbish’

Minister of Education Ronald Jones has rubbished claims by the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) that serious “blunders” occurred in the marking of this year’s Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exams, resulting in a number of students receiving failing grades. The union today demanded answers from officials of both CXC and the Ministry of Education about […]

BSTU threatens to disrupt school start

BSTU threatens to disrupt school start

With just three days to go before the new school year begins, sparks are again flying between the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) and Government  — this time over the termination of a teacher’s employment contract. The matter involving an educator who was assigned to the St Michael School threatens to disrupt the start to […]

Not ready!

Not ready!

The Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) has reacted with disgust to an announcement by Minister of Education Ronald Jones that five schools will not be ready in time for Monday’s opening of the new school year. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of this afternoon’s launch the Mobile Device Management System for primary and […]

Guild steps up to help University students

Guild steps up to help University students

When the new semester begins this month, at least 50 Barbadian students will benefit from financial assistance from the Guild of Students of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, as it makes good on a promise to help struggling students meet tuition costs. Guild President Kai Bridgetwater told Barbados TODAY the decision […]

Ungraded CXC subjects had nothing to do with SBAs

Ungraded CXC subjects had nothing to do with SBAs

Minister of Education Ronald Jones is denying that school-based assessment (SBA) projects that had not been corrected had anything to do with students being ungraded by the Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) in this year’s examinations. A local media report had recently presented Combermere students as being in tears because SBAs from the Caribbean Advanced […]

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