‘Jones is a disaster of epic proportions’

Minister of Education Ronald Jones is “incompetent and inefficient” and “a disaster of epic proportions” who has done untold damage to the ministry, according to one of Jones’ strongest critics.

In a stinging rebuke of the minister, his nemesis Reverend Charles Morris contended that Jones did not have what it took to steer the Ministry of Education in the right direction.

“[His stewardship] is a disaster of epic proportions . . . and he should be removed as Minister of Education. In my opinion what the minister has done to education is worse than a combination of all the natural disasters the region has faced,” Morris told Barbados TODAY in a recent interview.

He even questioned Jones’ proficiency in English.

“I think also that the minister needs to improve on his English because it is poor,” Morris said.

What angered the history teacher at Combermere School was Jones’ latest criticism of teachers who have refused to correct the Caribbean Examination Council’s School Based Assessment (SBA) projects unless they are paid.

The Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) has argued that the SBAs are not part of the teachers’ job description and that they form part of an external examination.

In a fiery address last Thursday at the Ellerslie Secondary School’s Speech Day and Prize Giving Ceremony at the Western Light Church of the Nazarene in Oxnards, St James, Jones suggested those demanding pay to correct the SBAs were jeopardizing the students’ educational well-being for a few dollars more.

“You are going to suffer the little children for $60 or $100 or even $120 [extra]. There is no money that I can offer that would make it palatable for the marking of anybody’s script,” Jones said at the time.

However, Morris charged that Jones, a former trade unionist, has done little more than hurl insults at teachers during his eight years as the minister, giving students a licence to disrespect teachers.

The educators have had enough, he said.

“My issue is that the minister should find something proper to say when he goes to address speech days. Here is a Minister of Education who has spent the last eight years cursing teachers,” he argued.

“When you go to a speech day and you curse teachers in the presence of children then those children have to relate to teachers the next day, what you think is going to happen? What are you saying about discipline in the school?

“I think the minister has gone overboard with these foolish things. He does not know about SBAs and the time has come where the minister should be declared incompetent and inefficient in dealing with the Ministry of Education,” he added.

Morris, who is an Anglican cleric, suggested that the minister’s attitude towards the teachers had not pervaded the ministry, giving Permanent Secretary June Chandler credit for treating educators with respect.

“[She is] the only person that has put a human face to it while the minister spends his time cursing teachers, and he should be removed as Minister of Education,” he argued.

24 Responses to ‘Jones is a disaster of epic proportions’

  1. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore December 20, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Folks this is a true Christian here. Kudos to you my holy brother

  2. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore December 20, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Agreed, and by extension, the entire cabinet.

  3. allison archer December 21, 2016 at 2:52 am

    People truly have no idea what a Christian is, the word Christian has been so misused that anyone adopting that name is readily believe to be one by the masses

    if one call themselves the Prime Minister do they automatically become him?
    what if they get cosmetic surgery to look like him, do one automatically become the Prime Minister

    the Bible has standards to show what is a Christian, please examine Mr. Morris’ fruits by the word of God

  4. Don Keyote December 21, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Agree totally with Mr. Morris. Mr. Jones doesn’t (never did) have the ability to administer and improve the education system of what is supposed to be a progressive country, hence the shambles it has become. I cringe at the butchering he inflicts on the English language virtually every time he opens his mouth. As Minister of Education he is an embarrassment to Barbados. And I can give you tree tousand reasons.

  5. Tony Webster December 21, 2016 at 6:39 am

    @Don-the-Truthfull-Coyote: Thanks for the chuckle…just made my day!!

  6. Sherlock Holmes. December 21, 2016 at 6:45 am

    A true christian,that is the biggest joke i have heard for the year this type of behavior is not christian. This man unless he changes his attitude will smell sulphur for ever.

  7. Guy Smiley December 21, 2016 at 8:36 am

    To Allison and sherlock what does your gibberish have to do with the article?

    • Sherlock Holmes. December 27, 2016 at 6:31 am

      Everything Guy smiley.

  8. Peter December 21, 2016 at 8:43 am

    The fact of the matter here is very clear. The PM CANNOT fire much less discipline not one of his appointed ministers. They do exactly as they wish. In his take, silence is golden. He is no longer interested in the role as Prime Minister. He knows the DLP will more than likely lost the next general elections. He’s letting the dogs fight among themselves. He knows Richard is mandated to take the mantle as has been decided by the core decision makers. They know they CANNOT control Dr. David Estwick, Donville Innis, Dennis Lowe nor Chris Sinkler. Dennis Kellman is very weak and cannot lead nor make key decisions. There is serious in-fighting which will manifest itself when elections are called.

  9. Peter December 21, 2016 at 8:44 am

    That should be lose the next election and not lost.

  10. Zeus December 21, 2016 at 8:54 am

    A true Christian lol…I not here to judge nobody but ask him about the text messages he keeps sending a young lady from st Joseph …..wolf in sheeps clothing

    • Sherlock Holmes. December 27, 2016 at 6:29 am

      Enlighten my dear chap enlighten us.

  11. Guy Smiley December 21, 2016 at 9:19 am

    zeus you come here to spread propoganda?

  12. Guy Smiley December 21, 2016 at 9:19 am


  13. Robert Goren December 21, 2016 at 10:33 am

    allison archer, Sherlock Holmes & Zeus

    Why are you shooting the messenger and what does Morris being a Christian have to do with the message?

    You must ask yourselves if Morris’ criticisms of Jones are TRUE or FALSE.

    If you were to carefully examine Jones’ tenure as Minister of Education and are honest instead of being partisan, you will admit Morris is indeed correct.

    However, if Morris is a failure at being a Christian, then Jones likewise is a failure as Education Minister.

  14. Lisa December 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    It could not have been said better Robert Goren.

  15. BaJan boy December 22, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Leave Jones the fatted calf is now all bones they got the meat and the country in shambles. The electorate will take the bone.

  16. Hal Austin December 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Who is this idiot Charles |Morris. It looks as if ll the clowns in Barbados have become teachers.
    This fool, a man of the cloth, at a time when we celebrate the birth of |Jesus Christ, is going on the attack. All he is doing in effect is proving to the rest of the nation the sorry state of the nation’s educational system.
    it is true that Mr Jones is poor minister, in fact that this is the worst government we have had since the 1950s, but teachers must behave with dignity and self-control, not like huskers. These are the people guiding the next generation.
    What we need, apart from a dynamic Opposition to speak out on these matters, is new legislation stopping teachers and some other public sector workers, from going on strike.
    In the US, a number of states have such legislation,including New York, and the systems still work.
    How did Mr Morris get his job? In no other civilised nation would such a buffoon get a job as a teacher in the mot important school in the nation.

  17. Queenie December 29, 2016 at 2:19 am

    First time I’ve ever heard Morris say something I agree with

  18. Stillwaters December 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    While I appreciate the point that SBA’s do not form part of a teacher’s job description I beg to ask the question when does the accountability and responsibility of those charged with educating our youth begin.

    As an observer I am seeing the deterioration of our lauded literacy rate, which I believe is a combination of poor administration and teaching ability.

    Rather than bash a particular party or person we as the stakeholders of this nation need to ensure that adequate accountability is put in place which would enable us to see where improvement and deserved investment is needed.

  19. David Hall December 30, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Well said Mr Morris!

  20. David Hall December 30, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    The education Minister is a disaster!

  21. Faheem Ghany December 30, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Amen Mr. Morris. Mr. Jones is an embarrassment to ministers of education around the globe. Like Mr. Morris I have always maintained that a prerequisite for being a minister of education is that you speak the Queen’s English.

  22. Hal Austin December 31, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Whatever happened to such influential teachers as Harry Sealey? The days when teachers were the silent heroes of the pupils are long gone. Teachers are now politicians.
    Where are the silent majority? How can they stand by and allow clowns like Morris to bring a great school to its knees?


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