Redman in tears

Union head and teachers cry after meeting with Ministry of Education

A four-hour meeting between the Ministry of Education and teachers of the St George Secondary School ended this evening with uninhibited expressions of emotion by the educators, who felt their concerns were finally being taken seriously.

Emerging from the meeting, which had on its agenda a number of concerns relating to ill-discipline, insufficient curriculum, and environmental problems, teachers openly shed tears, stating that they felt “liberated” and “listened to”.

President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) Mary Redman, who was also unable to hold back the tears, told Barbados TODAY that the sensitivity with which ministry officials – which included Chief Education Officer Karen Best – treated the teacher’s frustration, augured well for future industrial relations.

President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union Mary Redman (left) left and English teacher Hannah Clarke were unable to hold back the tears after today’s meeting.

“I would hope that this is an indication of things to come. If it is, we would be singing hallelujah.

“Teachers told me that this was the first time that they felt listened to; they are saying that they feel liberated and they feel as if something would come out of this,” Redman said.

“It was a very emotional meeting for many of the members, many tears were shed as teachers spoke about their hurt and frustrations that they have felt. The chief obviously came with a very open mind and listened very attentively and humanely,” she added in reference to Best, a former president of the Barbados Union of Teachers.

While no concrete decisions were made at the meeting, Redman revealed that there were promises of a “combined and collaborative look at curriculum reform, strategies to deal with the ill-discipline at the school and the environmental problems.

“The issues ran deep, it had to do with the fact that the present programme at the school is not meeting the needs of the children and it is causing a high level of frustration both for the students and the teachers. We think that it is directly linked to the ill-discipline at the school,” the BSTU president explained.

The trade unionist expressed the hope that after today’s show of emotion by teachers the public would realize the level of emotional investment the educators put into the profession.  She also pleaded with the public to stop the pervading anti teacher sentiment, which arises whenever teachers express their frustration.

“Not many people get to see the level of emotions which teachers put into what they have to do. This is why I say that that anti-teacher sentiment out there, the public vilification of teachers, is so unwarranted besides being so unfair. Teachers in this country do so much with so little, they give of themselves, they give of their time, their effort, their energy and even their limited finances. Teachers work hard and go way above the call of duty to mould the youth of this country,” she stressed.

17 Responses to Redman in tears

  1. BaJan boy April 26, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Election treatment. Notice the man who dispenses the worst treatment wasn’t there. Karen now has to take it back to the little low minded boy and I can hear in the dark saying ‘at least we get a lift for elections,great job Karen. But tell him teachers ain’t stupid…He and Freundel and the rest of DEM really think bajans ignorant..
    He is now feeling threatened and after 9 years of disrespect to our nations teachers he really seems to think he will fool them …..

    • Sasha April 27, 2017 at 9:42 am

      If it was election treatment, dont you think thr minister would be out front taking the glory?

  2. fedup April 26, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Its a trick!

    • Randolph April 26, 2017 at 7:23 am

      From day 1as minister of education,this man declared war on teachers.He should hang his head in shame.

    • Milli Watt April 26, 2017 at 9:40 am

      I agree fed up………remember Bussa and the trick slaves loyal to massa played on him by turning up armed but dressed in the coulours of the enemy. they turned their weapons on Bussa. you wait till now to serve this up. lambs to the slaughter. SAVE THE TEARS TILL AFTER SEPTEMBER

  3. Roger Headley April 26, 2017 at 6:54 am

    They say Bajans have short memories but I know the President and the teachers understand the politics being played – they know the mandate that has been given to the Ministers by the PM and the likes of George Pilgrim. The wounds inflicted on the society have been deep – it will take more than a year to heal them.

    Karen is a politician too. She too is normally very combatant. Her ‘guardian angel’ must have had to exercise herculean strength yesterday to keep her from behaving the fool and remaining silent – to listen. Until there are signatures on the bottom line do not for one minute trust the process. It is clear ‘they’ think very little of the electorate and will glory in ‘fooling’ us again.

  4. Rechelle April 26, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Yes elections are here, thus the nice treatment. Bajans have short memories.

  5. Realist April 26, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Don’t mind Karen Best, she a pit bull just like Ronald Jones. They are listening now because elections are around the corner. We will never, never forget these two ill-mannered scoundrels. The principal and deputy at St. George Secondary are as ignorant as you can get them. Both are egotistic and full of sh.t; political appointed misfit by Jones and who cannot handle the job. They need to be moved and placed in primary school if not a full blown murder is going to occur at that institution. Up to now nobody knows what has happen to the boy who had his head bashed in and was in intensive care. Tell Karen Best, Joy Adams and all the others who hid the application forms of worthy people to start looking for jobs like Ronald or start their own business because we are patiently waiting for them.

  6. Peter April 26, 2017 at 9:28 am

    It amuses me to see how these people, in this case women, are placed in big-up positions in ministries. for a secure salary, they do as they are instructed. They enjoy privileges such as vehicles, and other living allowances which are cleverly disguised. They protect their families and loved ones. Only certain people can reach them by phone. a mobile one which is one of about three. In Barbados, connections are very important Especially political ones. those get you jobs.. That, my friends IS a form of corruption.

  7. Milli Watt April 26, 2017 at 9:45 am

    this smells of carne……sniff sniff. smell stink very stink looks as if it was dead for 9 years now my word and still decomposing. you got to watch Best for sure.

  8. Sheron Inniss April 26, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Me thinks those tears were shed too early. Elections coming. I read about the former PTA lady and I was blown away by the difference in attitude of the government where she is as opposed to what happens here. Constructive criticism leads to you being deemed an enemy of the state, etc. I feel Mrs Best was just buttering wunnuh up.

  9. Lisa April 26, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    @ Realist. Why send the people to a Primary School?

  10. Hazel lawrence April 26, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Don’t fear tables going turn.
    Lesson learnt put the right people in power.

  11. Milli Watt April 26, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    reform and you got the same set a mongrels breeding and getting these criminals who got enough intellect to think all the vice in the world but got every possible learning problem ssttuuppseeee…… St. george secondary sitting on a prime piece a real estate send the holigans home to who breed and get dem and free up the space for more productive undertakings wunnah wasting tears

    • Sherlock Holmes. April 26, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      Yet you were here lamenting that free education was wasted on persons who contribute to this blog.I am now truly convinced that it was not wasted on you.I shudder to think that someone with your mind set was allowed near a school. I am certain that there are students at that school who are not hooligans as you put it, note how the word hooligans is spelled they might be some who are extremely deviant but you cannot place all in the same category MILLI WATT those who are violent and exhibit uncontrollable deviance must be dealt with in accordance with the law. I can understand the position of teacher but they must know that when faced with threats and or violence or even cases of assault of any nature they have a right to call in the police and pursue prosecution. Frustration may lead to tears and really and truly to let some of these deviant students see you shedding tears might probably embolden them.Stand firm and prosecute those who overstep their boundaries.

  12. Maggie April 26, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    The Principal want going from the teaching system all together, she and that dumb side kick that posing as a Deputy Principal. She can’t control and she can’t lead and using intimidation as her modus operandi. Polytricks got a lot to play but it is not going to last forever. That dumb Board want changing too again polytricks in the mix. Best, Jones and all them now want to listen had they listen before this would not have gotten so far – shame on them. Kudos to the teachers who finally made a stance hope the rest at that institution open up and have their say. They are human beings and deserve respect.

  13. Realist 2 April 28, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I read all of the comments and as a concerned parent I think all St George Secondary needs is a strong male as Principal and a stong deputy with a backbone who is not affraid to let some person know what they are doing is wrong. Politics would always be in the educational system but dont give people post because they are your friends because experience always teaches us that your friends always give you a bad name because they think that they can do what they like knowing they have the backing of the MInistry. St George School is a school with children not hooligans and so calling them that don’t help the situation. What Mr Jones and Mrs Best needs to do is to transfer these two and bring two strong males from the educational system
    to help with the discipline.

    I also agree that the curriculum needs to be change these students needs to be working with their hands and to do things that they love and probably that would eliminate the lateness that you see in the terminal no student has a right to be coming to school at 11am. So calling names and talking about elections would not help St George, whether BLP or DLP these children would always exist and they have to be given a chance. Beautifying the front and leaving the rest of the school tells me how that person see the school. Its like human beings we dress up to portray an image but inside we have problems.

    So Mr Minister and Mrs Best use St George as a pilot change the Principal and Deputy and really study the curriculum for that school and you would see the change that would come about in that school and your teachers would be able to teach not not be afraid. Always remember a healthy environment produces a non healthy environment causes rebelling and issues.


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