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Trouble brewing ahead of new school term

Trouble brewing ahead of new school term

The start to the new academic term next week is under threat of being disrupted by industrial action, as both the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) and Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) seem destined for a showdown with the Ministry of Education over the contentious issue of docked pay. The Mary Redman-led BSTU has called […]

Coalition formed to help fight ‘tsunami’ of NCDs

Coalition formed to help fight ‘tsunami’ of NCDs

The Barbados-registered health advocacy company Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is partnering with the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies in a three-year programme to fight non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the region. The agreement, signed Tuesday, paves the way for the civil society alliance and the education institution to join resources on a […]

Butt out!

Butt out!

The local Church has come in for a severe tongue lashing from one of its own over the controversial issue of sex education. The provocative educator and Anglican priest Reverend Charles Morris has all but described the Church’s opposition to comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) as hypocrisy, accusing it of seeking to hinder the very practices […]

AUB will be accredited, says Jones

AUB will be accredited, says Jones

Minister of Education Ronald Jones Wednesday sought to defend the American University of Barbados (AUB), saying the medical school was well on its way to full accreditation. Speaking at a press briefing at AUB’s Wildey, St Michael campus to update the media on the progress of the five-year-old institution, Jones referred to rumours about the American […]

Jones must go!

Jones must go!

President of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) Pedro Shepherd is warning of a “catastrophic collapse” of the Barbadian education system unless there are sweeping administrative changes, starting at the top. In a blistering attack on the record of the Ronald Jones led-Ministry of Education, during his address at the BUT annual conference at Almond […]

Making history attractive again

It may not be a case of history repeating itself, but, faced with declining interest in the subject among secondary school students, the Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is seeking to remedy the situation. History is not a compulsory subject in secondary schools here, a situation historians say is the reason that young people appear […]

‘Massa Day’ not done – teacher

‘Massa Day’ not done – teacher

The controversy surrounding the marking of school-based assessment (SBA) projects reemerged Tuesday night from a different angle, when one teacher who marks oral projects accused the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) of behaving as though “Massa Day” was still alive and well. Secondary school teacher Charlette Alleyne-Greene complained of inequality in the treatment of those who mark […]

It’s war!

It’s war!

The Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) is sending a strong message to Minister of Education Ronald Jones that it would take a lot more than threats to dock their pay to stop teachers standing up for their rights. In a fiery address at the BSTU’s annual general meeting at Harrison College Tuesday morning, the union’s President […]

On notice

On notice

Trouble may be brewing again at Combermere School, which has been plagued by a long running and troublesome environmental problem that has forced several closures. The Ministry of Education is being put on notice that teachers at the Waterford, St Michael institution no longer intended to tolerate the conditions that have caused students and staff […]

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