Cover your behind, says Jones

Minister of Education Ronald Jones is urging students at tertiary institutions to cover their buttocks.

Speaking this morning during the presentation of library equipment to the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic under the Skills for the Future Programme, Jones voiced his dissatisfaction with students who wear their trousers in a manner that exposes the bottoms.

He made it clear he was sending a message to the leaders of tertiary institutions to impress upon students that they must dress appropriately or “do not come.”

He said while students at these institutions do not wear traditional school uniforms, their pants should not reveal their “crack”.

“Leave that for the Jamaican ackee. You can only eat that if it cracks open and it is ripe,” Jones said. “But you should not be coming to these institutions with your crack exposed. Nobody wants to see what you hang up on your line on the weekend.”

“I am not interested in it, neither does the chairman, nor your tutors. So come with your pants up, . . . your crack hidden and respect yourself,” a fiery Jones stressed.

Saying that a learning institution creates a notion of pride and dignity, Jones pointed out that when he arrived at the Polytechnic this morning, he saw some students with their trousers below their waist, and were being warned by guards to follow the dress code.

“Tell them wear their trousers up. This place is not a place for disgusting, half-baked fools. It is a place of learning. Come here prepared to learn. And the first thing you learn is before you leave home, look descent and tidy. Scrub your teeth. Have a bath. Smell good, look good, feel good and learn well,” Jones said.

The outspoken minister said adults must send a message to the youth that they must dress well and conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. “This ragamuffin, don’t care, pants below your knee so you can’t straighten up, no,” he said.

“Not in an institution of learning. If your parents want to encourage that because you are the bosses of the house, do that in your house. Not in the institutions that the people of Barbados have to pay for. They demand better,” he added.

Jones stressed that a society which drags itself down never recovers. He opined that there was too much dragging down in the country when we should be illuminating ourselves and by extension, the country.

“So this raggytag, Rumpelstiltskin should stop,” he said. (AH)

8 Responses to Cover your behind, says Jones

  1. Cynthia Blackman
    Cynthia Blackman February 2, 2016 at 5:33 am

    He certainly did not whisper . Hopefully all concerned heard ,

  2. jrsmith February 2, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Well done Sir, 100% agree, some one needed, to tell them.. they would dare do that at private schools.. blame the parents, who are not much different…

  3. Angela Fergusson February 2, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Please wear your clothes and do not allow your clothes to wear you. Young men in particular, please stop hopping and walk confidently into the classroom and beyond.
    No matter how many pieces of clothing Barbadians had or have, we have always been neat and tidy, let us continue with this trend.

  4. Vinny February 2, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Well said mr Jones but your simply wasting your time the showing of the crack to quote you is love by a large amount of Bajan men and practice by parents of some of these young and mature men were heavily influence by the internet and the outside world good luck to you and your team THE HORSE has long left the gate and will NEVER RETURN

  5. Olutoye Walrond February 2, 2016 at 11:25 am

    This guy badly needs a lesson in public speaking.

  6. N Day February 2, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I agree with Mr. Jones 100%…I don’t see how wearing your pants like that could be comfortable, plus it’s downright disrespectful. I have a teenage son and my husband and I warn him not to wear his clothes like that and he adheres to our rules. Parents, insist your children dress properly. I know they can be rebellious as I have children but they know what we stand for…only one alpha male in the house and that’s their father. If you step out of your boots, there will be consequences!

  7. Mac10 February 2, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Politicians know all about covering their arse!!!

    • Coralita February 2, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      They are not the only ones!!!


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