Jones: We need to have more children

Minister of Education Ronald Jones has raised concern over the drop in the number of students writing the 11-plus exam, saying this was due to a declining national birth rate.

Jones pointed out during a news conference Wednesday morning at his office at the Elsie Payne Complex on Constitution Road, that 3,216 students wrote this year’s exam, representing an 8.8 per cent decline from last year’s figure of 3,527.

In fact, according to statistics provided by the Ministry of Education, there has been a steady decline over the past five years.

In 2012, 3,970 students were registered to sit the exam, compared to 3, 840 in 2013. The numbers dropped further to 3,727 in 2014 and 3,481 in 2015.  The following year, there was a slight increase to 3,527 before the numbers dropped again this year to 3,216.

“And that is as a result of . . . if you have been following what has been happening, there’s been a declining birth rate in Barbados and this is being reflected in the number of students at age 11, who have been writing the exam,” the minister of education told reporters.

He warned that the implications of the falling birth rates extend beyond the education system.

“It’s not only for the schools, but for the nation as a whole, where a declining population will have an impact on what we do to support older generations and national development as a whole,” he said.

According to the last census released by the Barbados Statistical Service in 2013, the island’s total population stood at 277,821.

Back in 2014, Jones called on the population to have more children, to counter the problem of falling birth rates.

And last year, Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett joined the Jones chorus of concern, while announcing that by 2025, citizens over the age of 60 would make up 20.4 per cent of the island’s population.

At the time, Blackett told a consultation on the society that this presented concerns at the individual, family, organizational and societal level.

Chairman of the National Assistance Board Senator David Durant has in the past put forward suggestions for monetary incentives to be offered to married couples to encourage them to expand their families.

The Barbados Family Planning Association has said that any discussion on the island’s population must deal not only with the matter of having more children, but should also focus on wider development issues. (MCW)

82 Responses to Jones: We need to have more children

  1. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 8, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Explain what you mean by we. You ain’t getting any more so it can be we.

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  2. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose June 8, 2017 at 12:50 am

    You horny old goat, baaah baaah,kmsl

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  3. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton June 8, 2017 at 12:50 am

    How de ass we gine support them……

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  4. Ione Mitchell
    Ione Mitchell June 8, 2017 at 12:57 am

    But we can only claim for 2 when we file income tax and only 3 are allowed survivor’s benefit.

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    • hcalndre June 8, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Ione, are you saying that if you have 5 children, you can only claim 2? I don’t believe that, I will have to check that out.

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      • Sophia June 8, 2017 at 7:32 pm

        Nothing to check, it is true

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  5. Cyprian Greaves
    Cyprian Greaves June 8, 2017 at 12:58 am

    So what is wrong with you! Balls cut out.

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  6. Wendy Stewart
    Wendy Stewart June 8, 2017 at 1:00 am

    How can the government tell folks to have more babies…raising babies cost money! SMDH

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  7. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea June 8, 2017 at 1:00 am

    U and your dlp government have things to dam hard for people to get more children idiot.

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  8. Sunil Brome
    Sunil Brome June 8, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Are you serious Mr. Jones? In this economy?

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  9. Teddy Marshall
    Teddy Marshall June 8, 2017 at 3:16 am

    How many he have?

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  10. Curious June 8, 2017 at 3:25 am

    You back wid dah foolishness again?
    Why you doan start by getting de first twenty five??

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine June 8, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Hahahahaahahah, that one too sweet. I can just hear it rolling off your tongue Lord hath mercy.

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    • Alana June 9, 2017 at 9:08 am

      lol

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  11. Holly Sands
    Holly Sands June 8, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Add too the overpopulation and weak economy… Sounds like a great idea. Smh.

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  12. Brezz June 8, 2017 at 3:45 am

    But why wunna so, he has recently done his share to help the process!! Buy in all seriousness, who in the hell would consider having more children considering how difficult and economically unstable this island is right now…we can’t stake out children to eat grass nah more!!

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  13. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin June 8, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Who gine support dem?
    Y some of dese ppl dont live by example.. Jones; start get n d children… d masses wud follow

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  14. Matthew Cadet
    Matthew Cadet June 8, 2017 at 3:56 am

    Why would anyone in there right mind want to get more children in these hard times that the dlp is creating . If things are hard on you why bring a child in this world to suffer

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    • Ryan R A Charles
      Ryan R A Charles June 8, 2017 at 4:04 am

      We should breed for them and give them for he to raise

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    • Prince Trémaine
      Prince Trémaine June 8, 2017 at 4:54 am

      Ryan R A Charles honestly speaking, would you want him to raise your child?

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    • Alicia G. Burton
      Alicia G. Burton June 8, 2017 at 4:57 am

      You are my twin from another mother.

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    • Ansanette Lovell
      Ansanette Lovell June 8, 2017 at 5:35 am

      So true

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    • Rosanna Lewis
      Rosanna Lewis June 8, 2017 at 5:39 am

      Because our working population has nothing adults and what happens is if there is no one to work for you when you are old it means that there will be old age pension to pay out. It’s all about economics and understanding how our system works.

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    • Aquarius Rastress
      Aquarius Rastress June 8, 2017 at 5:41 am

      Amen!

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  15. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles June 8, 2017 at 4:03 am

    He back with this cu*t again??? How the fu*k we should get more children and we can’t accord to keep them yuh Johnnie

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  16. Saundra June 8, 2017 at 4:15 am

    I love my Bajans bad tho…eva one a wunna mek mah laugh at this time aha de foreday mornin.

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  17. Taylor Dane
    Taylor Dane June 8, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Noted! what is your contribution?

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  18. Sebastian Da Costa
    Sebastian Da Costa June 8, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Who going to pay for them

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  19. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin June 8, 2017 at 5:02 am

    It is time to call the election. I knew that something was wrong with these people years ago, but to hear this statement from this man confirms it. It’s starting to feel like The Twilight Zone.

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    • Suzi Griffith
      Suzi Griffith June 8, 2017 at 5:18 am

      Omg. Back with this foolishness. You are right, something is off. I have two boys that I worry about every day in this environment. So shucks no!!

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  20. Nicole Jordan
    Nicole Jordan June 8, 2017 at 5:19 am

    this man is an idiot or wah, how the hell he expect we to get more children, who gine help support them? cost of living already high and it getting higher,

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  21. Nicole Brewster
    Nicole Brewster June 8, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Why Mr Jones don’t get them?

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  22. Keen Observer June 8, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Some of the comments made hear are very nasty. There are some persons out there who may be financially well off but have only one child or may not have any at all. The truth of the matter is that unless Barbados birth rate goes up we will have to encourage immigration of people, some of whom may not have our values and culture. Quite frankly, I think his comments is worth a thought.

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    • hcalndre June 8, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      @Keen Observer, how many do you have? they`re 16 of them plus the yard fowls, that would be a good start. With a little common sense he should start by looking into why the birth rate has drop off, employment high, food prices out of reach, no incentives for the parents, babies for the first 5 years of their lives should have milk, cereals, immunizations and other baby supplements, could these parents afford baby sitters with the take home pay that they are getting after tax? Jones your time is getting short so keep quiet your and enjoy it.

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  23. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus June 8, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Dese ppl does think before they speak?get pregnant so dat ya would have children ta set an exam? Stupess….who gine help feed these children …..you Jones? Stupessss

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  24. Kamisha Williams
    Kamisha Williams June 8, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Jones will give us everything the kids needs ????????

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  25. Alicia Bishop
    Alicia Bishop June 8, 2017 at 5:37 am

    So y u dont get more hmmmmm

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  26. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd June 8, 2017 at 5:39 am

    JONES TO FEED THEM ON BARE CORNED BEEF AND THEN CRACK THEIR HEADS AND CALL DEM DEMONS NEXT WHERE WE WILL GET MONEY TO BUY DEM CELL PHONES TO CARRY TO SCHOOL

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  27. Jo Edghill June 8, 2017 at 5:41 am

    More children is an environmental disaster and not an answer to economic growth and productivity

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  28. Rosanna Lewis
    Rosanna Lewis June 8, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Clearly every person commenting here have not done economics or does not have a working knowledge of how our system in Barbados operates. So for example. Your grandparents are now receiving their old age pension, it is your money that you are paying right now that is paying for them. So when you get old and their aren’t enough working people because of the lack of children who will pay for you? Also if the working population drops by a certain percentage it means that we will have to work longer before retirement. Please learn the system before trying to chastise someone that is actually giving wise advice.

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    • Everick Holder
      Everick Holder June 8, 2017 at 5:56 am

      Rosanna, I agree with all that you say. It is logical & statistically correct. But & There is always a but. The present reality of life in Barbados doesn’t allow for that line of thinking to take effect.
      Those who live this reality can’t afford to be altruistic.

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    • Rebellious Kelly
      Rebellious Kelly June 8, 2017 at 6:21 am

      Brilliant advice. Let’s continue to have children that we can’t afford in hope of having a generation to boost our pension. Stupse

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    • Corey Broom June 8, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Here is another economic point of view. We concentrate so much on growth but at some point in the time you reach maturity. As humans we were infants, then toddler, then children, then teenagers, then young adults and then adult and for most of our lives we live as adults. Likewise we need to plan for maturity in the economy. We have a situation were are birth rates are decreasing and the only solution when it comes to maintaining a social safety net for the elderly is to have more children? There are numerous implications that would stem from an always increasing population; for example: pollution, over crowding of school, fiercer competition for resources, housing, cost of health care, transportation etc. So what about developing a economy right now that would guaranty the young employment and better paying jobs and therefore enabling them to contribute more to the social safety net while still allowing them to prosper. I am also in agreement with so many of you on this page, how are you to expect persons to have more children when the cost of living keeps going up and up. No one wants 3 children and then have to be “scrunting”.

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  29. Perro Holloway
    Perro Holloway June 8, 2017 at 5:44 am

    We will change the government and then think about it but for now things to hard

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  30. Perro Holloway
    Perro Holloway June 8, 2017 at 5:47 am

    But on a serious note tho he does have a valid point we could have some real serious issues if we do not reverse the decline in birth in barbados

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  31. Kamila Burrowes
    Kamila Burrowes June 8, 2017 at 5:50 am

    I feel he need to stop talking c*** why and people barely struggling with one child stupsez

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  32. No Wahalla June 8, 2017 at 6:02 am

    This is an issue that is a demographic time bomb. China, Europe are facing it. 20.4 % being over 60 is a huge number. Do the maths….under 20 that is 60000. That leaves155,000 people in the most productive years between 20 and 60…. this means they have to support with social care of both the elderly and the young…if this trend continues given the success of family planning then in 20 years time there will be a serious issue of lack of people… ..

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  33. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes June 8, 2017 at 6:03 am

    I understand population dynamics and what he is saying. Unfortunately, what are the incentives now for having kids. He is truly missing that mark. He should be having this discussion along with implementing needed incentives.

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  34. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul June 8, 2017 at 6:04 am

    The only way to make this happen is if the Government give people money to have them. Monthly child support benefit for every child starting now in 2017. One of the main reasons for people not having children is financial. It does not take a Rocket scientist to realize this. So if they really want people to have children then stop all the talking and…MEET THEM HALF WAY with the cost of living for having these children.

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  35. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett June 8, 2017 at 6:07 am

    This jackass still braying?dlp take away jobs,raise the cost of living out of control,the embarrassmet at welfare for lil crumb,what the facq this idiot think children grow on….grass? The trash that comes out the mouth of “Dem I shudder to think they run Barbados,no wonder in the gutter

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  36. Carol Hinds
    Carol Hinds June 8, 2017 at 6:14 am

    And feed them grass with the way things going .

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  37. Mark Rosmar June 8, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Who gives this idiot the authority with his quintessential ‘silo’ thinking? Someone needs to tell this idiot that having more children as a national strategy is not as simplistic a determination by the observation of decreasing numbers turning up for an exam!

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  38. Hyacinth Mayers
    Hyacinth Mayers June 8, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Everick and Rosanna will u volunteer to look after these children when they’re born?.the main reason people aren’t burdening themselves with children is because of hardship lack of decent men..if the government wants more children then pay the people to have them and supporting them til working age. Isn’t it ironic if a woman have lots of kids and she ask for help we’re the first ones to say get a job or keep your legs closed no one says she’s doing her best for the country.

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  39. Barbara Morris
    Barbara Morris June 8, 2017 at 6:16 am

    There is young guys to breed no young girls who ain’t bulling, dead or in prison

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  40. La Flor Linda
    La Flor Linda June 8, 2017 at 6:18 am

    haha he can very well set the example by having at least 5 children. He can also speak to the Ministry of finance to pass a special legislation helping women.

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  41. Maria Edwards
    Maria Edwards June 8, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Well go get them

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  42. BaJan boy June 8, 2017 at 7:26 am

    DEM stop people from having children cause they can’t afford them with all DEM taxes and cuts in salaries.He and the ones that get back their 10% should go and let some body breed them he first..

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  43. Mack June 8, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Mr Jones what we need is good paying jobs for the young people we now have unemployed. Here it is we can’t take care of the population we crrently have and here it is this clown asking for more children. If we want more people, just go up to Hati and invite them down or sign up for the refague program.

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  44. Mack June 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I remember when the population was two hundred and fifty thousand people, life was a lot better, now we have people piled up on top of people and this learned fella need more. No work for them, no housing for them but we need more. What it is these polatician eating or smoking????

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  45. GLORIA June 8, 2017 at 8:22 am

    ASK HIM TO HONESTLY TELL US HOW MANY HE HD OR HAVE AND YOU LEAD BY EXAMPLE START DROPPING ABOUT 25 SEEDS AND CHECK AND SEE HOW MANY ARE GOUNG TO GERMANATE AND WHEN HE KNOW START SUPPORTING THEM

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  46. BRAD June 8, 2017 at 8:23 am

    you boy!!!!!!!! listen to me bigman, you caan be serious why you dont go n breed out de pm cause ik wunna use to deal n bring in high birth rates…thanks for you cooperation.. looool

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  47. Milli Watt June 8, 2017 at 9:33 am

    keep talking jonesy…………..it looking more like a 30-0 now even Thompie could be in trouble with what I hearing. Just keep talking and more often.

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  48. bugsy007 June 8, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Wunna just don’t know the implications of a low birthrate, but just look at Japan or Germany and you will find out.

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  49. Johnathan June 8, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Will some one please breed Jones or Low they seem to longing.

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  50. nanci June 8, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    this guy living under a rock, he is asking women to have more children. I think its because the country can ask for more funds from other nations, but when they get these funds, they spend all that money on themselves. They increase their salaries, but SUV’s with all wheel drive, like they going to be driving in the winter, snow and hail. They wont build newer schools, the food is expensvie, and they dont offer any new jobs, or good job conditions such as a higher wage, good working conditions. Yet he is asking women to get more kids. One hospital in the country and they dont have enough beds, but yet women suppose to get more kids. The fathers or at least some of them, dont even look back to support the kids, where the mothers going to feed the children with you idiot. There is something behind it for his benefit.

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  51. nanci June 8, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    all the young men going to prison for a little bit of drugs on their person. They kick out the kids outta school at 14, no special ED programs to help them. No jobs for the parents, the school books cost an arm and a leg, where he expect the mothers to feet the children with, unless he want them to be prostitutes. I think these politicians are oblivious to the plight of the poor. They ask people to spend their money in barbados, not at the malls in the US, but they themselves go up to NY, UK and whereever and have the opportunity to come into barbados and get in without paying for anything because they are politicians. Women, dont listen to this fool, why he dont start by getting some triplets for his household. Where he live, poor people cant go, because you will see all the dogs and guards trying to get you either shot or go to jail for stealing. People need to write letters to these dumb politicians, they living under a rock , tell this idiot start advocating for welfare benefits for the under age kids, the mentally ill, and have a bigger welfare office, and good decent mannerly staff, and let the checks come out every week, so these unfortunate people can buy food and live under good conditions. Dont just vote in these brainless people because they come in the neighborhood and shake hands,, and offer you a part time job, or a promise, people in barbados need to think and be wise. go to the ant though sluggard, consider her ways and be wise, cause if you not wise, these politicians will make you suck salt, while they live high on the hog.

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  52. The Wiz June 8, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    An important issue with serious implications that requires a more in-depth discussion than the most of the preceding rhetoric. The real tragedy is that those most capable of providing the financial, emotional and moral support are not having a “boat load” of kids. There is no easy solution to this disparity!

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  53. Bobo June 8, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    If R Jones is half homos– how many surrogate women would love to have his children -Money should not be a problem–he just have to Knock- Knock–on Finance Minister door .

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  54. Tony Waterman June 8, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Just Wondering out LOUD, What incentives did our Fore Parents have, and please note, we are still here and we are NOT the worst off in this present world.
    Jones i do NOT Like vey much, bur!!!! he does have a point, it is either we raise our Birth Rate or Import People, the Latter i don’t embrace too much, as our Culture will change Drastically. so LAdies and Gents, Start F**ping for real some more, that will be our Saviour in years to come.

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  55. Biscuits June 8, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Agreed @rosanna….and with that in mind, maybe it would be better to encourage those who can, to adopt or mentor one of the many orphans and abandoned children already languishing here on our island. With a little love, guidance and financial help, these children could turn out as productive citizens in years to come.

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  56. Nellie June 8, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Even if we get more children, look and see de young people killing out each other. So we still at square one in terms of contributions. They need to create a stable economy first before they even think about that suggestion. The cost of living right now is extremely high. If it so high for me who has a stable job what about others? And he talking bout increasing de population?

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  57. Sharon Phillips June 8, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    What about planning to support yourself in retirement by saving and investing while working keeping in mind that you also have to factor in increasing medical needs as we age. I have one child I am not expecting her to look after me in old age that is my responsibility I can only leave her some insurance money so she will not be starting from scratch

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  58. Victoria June 8, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    They just want more people to tax.

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  59. Roger Headley June 8, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Please, please, please brothers and sisters do not, l
    i implore encourage Jones to give another person that DNA

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  60. Housebunny June 9, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Get more children and feed themm with wat ,the grass that growing all around us. Everyday things going up yah can’t even support the ones yah have now, you gotta be kidding.Mr Jones

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  61. MS UNIQUE June 9, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I have an idea!!!! Let us ALL have kids!!!
    The Government will build a massive institution (home) equipped with everything needed… we place the kids there and the GOvernment supports them….. or ….. as soon as they are born, the Government starts paying (a child support “tax”) to the family!! How does these suggestions sound?

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  62. Dwayne Macdonald lewis June 9, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Your really can’t be serious and feed them with what “corn” its so hard for parents already as it is and you guys are not help at all but tell us as a contry to have more children how many you have ?

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  63. Big Man June 11, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    All the Gentleman is really saying is that Black people will be a minority in Barbados in the next 15-20 years
    We are so Educated and have no common sense
    As a Minister he don’t want to say it in plain words but I am no Minister so I can declare it

    Bajan Black People will be a minority in Barbados at the going birth rate in another 15-20 years
    Another race different skin colour already working on that

    Barbadians with money don’t even want to invest in Barbados so the Trinidadians do it in style

    The Jamaicans and the people from Belize now realize it and them also coming for a piece of Barbados.
    As we are so Educated and have no common sense.

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