Parkinson concerns over to ministry

Resolving teacher grievances at the Parkinson Memorial Secondary School is now in the hands of the Ministry of Education.

Following a two-and-a-half hour meeting with 15 teachers from the Pine, St Michael institution and their bargaining agent, the Barbados Union of Teachers, Permanent Secretary Cecile Humphrey promised to make a determination on the way forward.

Chief Education Officer Laurie King and Deputy Chief Education Officer Karen Best making their way to today’s meeting.
Chief Education Officer Laurie King and Deputy Chief Education Officer Karen Best making their way to today’s meeting.

BUT President Pedro Shepherd told Barbados TODAY that during the “very fruitful meeting” at the Ministry of Education, teachers were able to air their concerns about principal Jeff Broomes and, in some cases, “get responses from the officials”.

The teachers are fed up with Broomes’ management style,his failure to communicate with the deputy principal and other teaching staff, his refusal to accept any input from members of staff, and his introduction of programmes without consultation, among other issues.

“The permanent secretary promised to look at all the information presented and determine where they would go with the issue,” Shepherd said this evening.

“We are pleased something is being done to ease the tension at Parkinson.”

Today’s meeting was also attended by Chief Education Officer Laurie King and his deputies Karen Best and David Clement.

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