Paul’s lesson on combating crime

Barbadian teachers have come in for criticism from Member of Parliament for St Michael West Central James Paul for displaying “a lesser commitment” to the service and allowing some students to “drop through the cracks”, resulting in social problems.

Paul became the latest public figure to speak on the upsurge in violence that has gripped the country in recent weeks, telling reporters at his constituency office on Seclusion Road, Black Rock, St Michael today that the education system must bear some of the responsibility.

The Government MP took aim at teachers, suggesting some did not do enough to mould the personalities of their students.

Government backbencher James Paul
Government backbencher James Paul

“I sense that today there is a lesser commitment on the part of our teachers. I sense that in the teaching system we have too many teachers who are prepared to let some of the students drop through the cracks, and we have this situation existing in our society where the highflyers are highlighted and the rest are allowed to fall through the cracks.

“We need to be more inclusive in terms of letting people know that we are looking after everyone. I know it is good to produce a Rihanna, but what about the others?” he asked.

Paul called for an educational system that comes up with strategies to deal with rising crime, and suggested that the current leadership of the trade unions failed to recognize the critical role that teacher played in shaping the character of the country’s youths.

“I find it incredible that educators cannot understand that they have a responsibility in creating better values for our youth. If they do not understand that, I think it is unfortunate at this time. When I listen to the leadership of our unions I do not know if they recognize that in the past what made our society strong was the fact that the teachers actually helped to stabilize the values of the students.

The root of the crime that we are experiencing is based on the fact that we give our youth unreasonable expectations. They come out of school attaining in some cases little academic success. In the area of marketable skills we do not teach them enough and based on these deficiencies they are feeling frustrated. We do not assuage that frustration when we give them the impression that all is lost. We need to develop programmes to let the youth know that all is not lost,” the MP contended.

Paul argued that the political directorate could not fight crime alone, and called on the church to play its part in saving the island’s youth.

“I think the churches in our communities need to stand up and deal with the issue of crime. It makes no sense for us to think that the Government can do it all.”

At the same time he advised the young people against becoming consumed by adversity and stressed that success was seldom achieved at the first attempt at a goal.

The rise in gun crime has prompted concerns from business, church and civil society leaders, as well as Members of Parliament on both the Government and Opposition sides.

And speaking at a news conference last week, acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith disclosed that officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) had recovered 33 high-powered guns so far for the year, including Tec-9, a self loading semi- automatic pistol; .380, .40, .45 and 9mm. pistols.  Additionally, Griffith blamed most of the gun-related violence on gangs.

“From a law enforcement perspective, these gunfights are results of feuds between rival groups where there is a common denominator in that of illegal drug activity being at the core of the disputes.”

The Commissioner also gave his assurance that police were doing everything in their power to bring the situation under control.

“The strategy going forward is to continue reinforcing the strategies that exist in that we are ensuring that every gun-related case that is reported to us, and that we become aware of, we are going to be assiduous in ensuring that we get to the bottom and bringing those persons responsible to justice,” Griffith maintained.

Among the strategies being employed by the RBPF is the “stop-and-search”, which some residents claim is illegal.

However, Assistant Superintendent of Police David Welch has defended the practice, saying it was not new.

“We are engaging in these exercises over time. Sometimes it may not be as intense as what was seen [of late] but these are continuing and person ought not to be alarmed at these spot checks. All it is, is that police officers are engaging motorists on our roads and enquiring of them, obviously of their particulars etc, and all it is, is that we area asking motorist to comply with police officers,” Welch told Barbados TODAY this evening.

He described the practice as a “tool” that the RBPF used occasional, and assured the public that it would continue to employ strategies “that we believe would suit the current situation relative to the rise in crime and stop and search is one of these tools” that the force would use to combat rising crime.

“When ever a police officer stops a vehicle the police officer would request of the driver to search the vehicle. It is not every vehicle that we do search but we would ask for us to search the vehicle.”   

Welch warned that the public would “see more of [this]” and called on residents to comply with the directions of police officers.

Source: (NC/FW)

13 Responses to SCOLDED

  1. dave August 26, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Do not agree with much this man says but I am in total agreement with him. The female teachers give up very easily. Women tend to give up very easily and can be hard and inflexible which is really fear. They usually run the men from organizations. The presence of women in organizations is believed by many to be a weakening factor in the performance of organizations.

    • Olutoye Walrond August 26, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Dave, why don’t you ask ‘where are the men’? Women don’t run men from anything. Men refuse to turn up. How many of them choose a career in teaching?

    • Sue Donym August 26, 2015 at 8:09 am

      I believe by now you’ve heard the story of how you were dropped on your head as a youngster.

  2. seagul August 26, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Programs and apprenticeships should be provided for the youth. There is more than enough wealth in the private sectors to do this. We shouldn’t materialize all our wishes and be selfish. All is vanity….Deeper Soul.

  3. Olutoye Walrond August 26, 2015 at 8:20 am

    As the saying goes: Is Mr. Paul “for real”? Teachers are to blame for the upsurge in violence.

    No, Mr. Paul; Teachers don’t have any “responsibility in creating …values for our youth.” They have an OPPORTUNITY to do because of their substantial relationship with students – and many in fact do so – but the role of the Teacher is to teach. That is what they are hired to do.

    Where in Mr. Paul’s critique is there any mention of the persons who really have responsibility for socialising children with the right values: PARENTS! There is none. It seems it’s all the Teachers’ fault.

    All sociological research so far suggests that the home is the principal socialising influence in a child’s development. Show me a criminal and I will show you a dysfunctional home, probably with an absent father and most certainly with an absence of discipline.

    PARENTS, not Teachers, are to hold the blame for what we are seeing now.

  4. Sue Donym August 26, 2015 at 9:26 am

    There are a few pieces of the equation we seem to miss sometimes. The parental/home vs teacher/school responsibility question is a ‘no contest’ as the parents have the primary, legal and ultimate duties.

    Significant chances to serve our children
    Get civics back in schools. Morning assemblies can be for helpful for information, but guidance counselling sessions, first days of term and the down time following exams all present prime time for meaningful interaction.

    @Olutoye, to be fair, a home from which a criminal emerges is sometimes a demonstration of a societal anomaly; for example 5 of 6 children could have turned out well. You could say having 6 might be the cause, but the point remains that in context, the home cannot be considered dysfunctional. This is why a country needs well developed social services, to identify and to help deserving children.

    A huge part of the problem is that we have failed to convince fathers that it is their responsibility to raise their children, not just ‘keep’ them or ‘babysit’ them or take them to their grandparents. Unfortunately our boys are thinking that’s what men do and our girls are thinking that’s all they can expect.

  5. allison archer August 26, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    “We need to be more inclusive in terms of letting people know that we are looking after everyone. I know it is good to produce a Rihanna, but what about the others?” he asked.

    because Rihanna have wealth,power and fame she is consider good, a nasty dope smoking, tattoo up, sex with mary, jane and bob, no morals, no values, nothing she could offer the world to produce innocence and wisdom you lift her up. I would not even allow my dog to emulate her.
    I sit here and think if you would want your daughter or love one to become a rihanna

    all of us have a role to play in raising our children and it have to start in the home first.
    all that looking back at the days of old we do, it will never be like that never, this situation is what it is, stop all the hypocrisy, the soap operas, the alcohol, the q in the community, the parents do as I say not as I do, all the nasty crop over activities, bribing, homosexuality, lesbianism, all the limes, the feting, all the other entertainment vices you leaders embrace and tell the great-grandmothers and fathers stay home and teach their children.
    matter of fact the teachers even if one try to equip a child with the principles of life they leave that environment and go back to the same mess in their homes, all that labour in vain.
    tell the greats and the grans to put themselves on the backburner and labour for the betterment of their children and stop looking for someone else to do the elders part

    • allison archer August 26, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      hypocrisy all the highest level. I hate it

      • allison archer August 26, 2015 at 2:11 pm

        that should read hypocrisy at the highest level. I hate it

  6. jrsmith August 26, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Mr,James Paul is right you know, he is a politician, the only difference, he is not a government minister, but they all behave the same, no blame on themselves.

    I blame all the problems on the government ,both past and present, bajans vote for them all to manage Barbados, they fail ,we the people are paying our failing politicians, for doing a bad job. they always choose when to wake up, days ago was the Attorney general, with his rubbish , today a backbencher ,lets see who opens his or her mouth tomorrow.

    People of Barbados ,should recognize, that the private sector seems not to have any confidence at all in the present government.

  7. cecil P August 26, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    O . W. you’re right a teachers job is teach not to take care of these kids I’m sure they have a mom / dad /uncle/auntie / or a cousin by the way what ever happen to good neighbours. years gone by the neighbours was just as good as the damn mom who would help pull them up when there doing wrong. the next thing they would be asking the RBPF to teach them . whats’s next Mr.Paul we’re listening

  8. Glyne Griffith August 27, 2015 at 12:37 am

    What else will teachers and union leaders in Barbados be held responsible for? Where is Paul’s evidence? Where is the data? This is unsubstantiated opinion seeking to pass itself off as social and cultural analysis. Weak. Poor effort. Revise and resubmit.


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