Hinkson not pleased with Govt’s handling of teacher appointments

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has congratulated 141 primary school teachers on their recent appointment to the Government service.

However, Shadow Minister of Education and Human Resources Development Edmund Hinkson is not at all pleased with Government’s handling of the matter.

In fact, he has accused the Freundel Stuart administration of politicizing the appointments, which he said were long in coming.

“Indeed, these appointments are over three years in coming, since Education Minister Jones promised them in an address to the annual general conference of the Barbados Union of Teachers way back in April, 2014,” Hinkson said in a statement today on the matter.

“The Barbados Labour Party indeed looks forward to all other eligible temporarily employed teachers being appointed in the very near future,” he added, while condemning “in no uncertain terms” what he saw as a blatant attempt by the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) to politicize last Friday’s appointments.

“The summoning of these teachers to a meeting at a moment’s notice no doubt left the management of their respective schools having to scramble to make alternative arrangements for thousands of children to be supervised that Friday afternoon,” the BLP Shadow Minister said.

“The handing over of these letters which are signed by his Excellency the Governor General as an act of the State of Barbados, at a ceremony at which Minister Jones spoke and his Parliamentary Secretary Senator [Harry] Husbands was also present, breaches all norms of good governance and is simply improper.

“These appointment letters ought to have been delivered to these worthy teachers by mail as is the custom,” Hinkson stressed.

“In all of this, the teaching profession continues to wait in vain for the establishment of a separate teachers’ service commission, after numerous years of promises by this DLP administration to finally bring into reality an amendment to our Constitution which was made 42 years ago,” he added.

Source: (BT)

13 Responses to Hinkson not pleased with Govt’s handling of teacher appointments

  1. Saga Boy June 12, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Can’t please them no manner what the DEMS do

    • Randolph June 13, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      Having worked for years in the government,I have never seen people appointed like this.This is bare foolishness.Were they appointed because they merited their appointments or this is a political show to make the minister of education look good.

  2. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor June 12, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Stupse… D blp would have done the same…. Go take a seat fool……

  3. Jason Blanche
    Jason Blanche June 13, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Stupess wanna starting to loose my respect dale and now you smh.

  4. Bajan First June 13, 2017 at 6:55 am

    A commission which the BLP failed to establish during its fourteen years in office! Both parties have been tardy in this matter

  5. ihateigrunce June 13, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Time n gas wasted. Hpw much a stamp cost?

  6. Bajan Fahlife
    Bajan Fahlife June 13, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Suffer the people long. Deny them their right and them announce that you are doing them a favour. Politics 101 – Control the minds of the people.

  7. Milli Watt June 13, 2017 at 10:15 am

    election season Hinky…….

  8. joan Worrell June 13, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Lord Have His Mercy on the BLP. Is this how they plan to win the Government next election. Barbadians are calling for an alternative Government but the BLP is not stepping up to the plate. This is an S.O.S to Mr. Owen Arthur.

    Dear Sir
    We, the frustrated electorate of Barbados should be grateful if you would reconsider retiring from active politics and harness the runaway members of Team BLP. Ignorance is abounding in the Party which you once led and was respected by our Caribbean neighbours and beyond.

    The above statement , the one by Miss Marsha Caddle insulting the pit-toilet women of South Central and the one by the former Attorney General yesterday that Barbados is simply too small for a sex offenders registry are clear indications that the Party has lost its way. How on earth can you tell me that my grandson on his way from school, is buggered by a repeat sexual offender and his name should not be registered for all and sundry to be aware of his criminal record? As a matter of fact he should be wearing a wrist band stating that he is a sexual offender.

    In conclusion sir, we miss your outstanding economic presentations as Minister of Finance or Shadow Minister of Finance on the annual Budgetary Proposals and Financial Statement. What we saw and heard from the Opposition Leader two weeks ago in the House of Assembly, was a ”Sweet Soca” presentation.


    Joan Worrell
    Barbados Pit Toilet Association (BPTA)

    Joan Worrell
    Member of the Barbados Pit Toilet Association (BPTA)

  9. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron June 13, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Hmmm think some of you miss point. Yes teacher should get appointed but like everybody else send them a letter. Dem buying votes early. Smart smart smart way. Hope ppl don’t forget when election come the last few years. Hmmm

  10. Kathy June 13, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    My gentleman, come on man. All along when those teachers were calling for the vacant post to be filled you were in agreement. Now that they have been appointed you have a problem with it. What it is you really want? Are you just protesting just because you can. Look go and find something productive to do with your time. By the way principals were left scrambling also when a large volume of teachers went to the park marching in red. What says you now.

  11. Ron June 13, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Yes I agree with you Mr. Hinkson I have worked in government for over, 30 yrs and I have never seen letters of appointments or promotion handed out by any politcian, until recently The individual has worked hard and this is his reward for hard work. It is not a gift from any politician or political party. This practice must stop immediately and I would suggest to all those invited to such cermonies in the future not to attend. Let us stop the polliticisation of the Goverment Service.

  12. Randolph June 13, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Who can’t see that this political must be blind.When a person gets appointed they are issued with their letter of appointment from services commission,not a minister.This is bare foolishness.


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