BARP head agrees Bajans need to have more children

President of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) Edward Bushell is in full agreement that Barbadians need to reproduce more to combat the declining birthrate, and he says Government may have to offer incentives to get people to have more children.

He made that call this week as he noted that a declining birth rate is a universal problem, and suggested that the Freundel Stuart administration should learn from developed countries such as France, Germany and Italy that are addressing the issue.

“Some countries [whose] population is rapidly declining opt to give people incentives to have children,” he noted on the sidelines of a press conference at BARP headquarters.

Bushell agreed with Minister of Education Ronald Jones who came under fire in June when, pointing out the huge decline in the number of students writing the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination this year, he argued that Barbadians needed to have more children.

“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,” Jones said at the time, warning that the implications of the falling birth rate extended 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.”

Bushell echoed Jones’ warning, saying that the falloff in births was not an issue for his organization only, but a national one.

He noted that by 2025, there would be more people over 65 than under 16, which would have implications for the National Insurance Scheme since there would be fewer young people making contributions.

Bushell said something therefore needed to be done urgently.

“Barbados is an aging society and eventually the number of people over 67 in proportion to those under 67 is going to change dramatically,” he said.

110 Responses to BARP head agrees Bajans need to have more children

  1. Prince Trémaine
    Prince Trémaine July 13, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    I’d like to do my civic duty and contribute to the population of my nation, however due to this government, it would not be a wise financial decision to at this time.

  2. AniRo Burke
    AniRo Burke July 14, 2017 at 12:01 am


  3. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie July 14, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Get on with it

  4. Jennifer Phillips
    Jennifer Phillips July 14, 2017 at 12:29 am


  5. Renee Ricardo Harewood
    Renee Ricardo Harewood July 14, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Jus wan see bajan strugglin with 15 children…those days done.

  6. Sherlene Headley
    Sherlene Headley July 14, 2017 at 1:21 am

    It’s obviously for those who can afford to and some Bajans can

  7. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles July 14, 2017 at 1:37 am

    People that want them can’t afford them. The ones that can don’t want them…. And I’ll leave it at that

    • Sherwin Patterson
      Sherwin Patterson July 14, 2017 at 2:36 am


    • Tamara Warner
      Tamara Warner July 14, 2017 at 5:13 am

      Maybe though it creates an untapped business model…surrogacy. However that might be frowned upon as well in this society.

    • Dana Jemmott
      Dana Jemmott July 14, 2017 at 5:35 am

      Not when dey have weak ass men out here that dis run from supporting the children or think $50. Is nuff f**king money to give a child a week.

  8. Mark Rosmar July 14, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Is the QEH Maternity Unit underutilized?

  9. Sherwin Patterson
    Sherwin Patterson July 14, 2017 at 2:36 am

    In these times,Man you done lost your mf mind

  10. James Amlighty
    James Amlighty July 14, 2017 at 3:07 am

    He obviously never went edey village or Richmond.. those places like baby factories with mostly minimum wage parents…

  11. Stephanie F. Chase
    Stephanie F. Chase July 14, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Having a child is a 25 year investment….due to the state of the economy having a child is a not a wise investment at this time for those who have common sense. However; it seems that Mr. Bushell has all his faculties in tact and appears to be in good physical health so he could father a few for the good of the country. Put that pension back into the economy!!

    • Charming Forde
      Charming Forde July 14, 2017 at 5:12 am

      Love this response, I support this message

    • Sammy Wallerson
      Sammy Wallerson July 14, 2017 at 5:59 am

      Investment ???
      Fuh who ?
      Wuh de returns is boo ?
      Nuttin dat yuh can pay a light bill wid fer sure
      Yuh cayn buy groceries wid ” I love you daddy “

    • Juliet Marshall
      Juliet Marshall July 14, 2017 at 6:27 am

      My exact sentiment

    • Kamila Burrowes
      Kamila Burrowes July 14, 2017 at 6:32 am

      I agree lol

    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd July 14, 2017 at 7:02 am
    • Shayne Guzman
      Shayne Guzman July 14, 2017 at 8:24 am


    • Stephanie F. Chase
      Stephanie F. Chase July 14, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Sammy Wallerson alright then! lol Having a child is one of the most selfless acts anyone could undertake. The government don’t even give you back your income tax returns farless anything to aid with raising a child and they want people to do what? Have more? Not for all the free bus fare or $1 school meals in all of BIM!

  12. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall July 14, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Not at this time

  13. Denise Bourne
    Denise Bourne July 14, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Wonder how many he struggled with…..and he surely was in a better position than most…

  14. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis July 14, 2017 at 4:30 am

    I will not even read this article.

  15. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 14, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Barp Head need to go off into the sunset and RETIRE. Why don’t he impregnate himself and support them? It’s time for some of the Seniors addled eggs to stop spewing verbal diarrhoea. Period.

  16. Nealiho Hope
    Nealiho Hope July 14, 2017 at 4:46 am

    I agree, but!!!! Tear down some of the red tape that is hindering us from simple processions. Grow business and we could then talk.

  17. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv July 14, 2017 at 4:52 am

    Them crazy one minute they let a non children group,LGBT,Promoting them retarded foolishness to come back to this,You people in powers never know what real or you just a yes ass kissing people

  18. Nealiho Hope
    Nealiho Hope July 14, 2017 at 4:52 am

    One more thing. The retirement age should be lowered, some of those elders need to go home to free up space in the work place. How do you expect society to grow if the young people are being laid off…… or can’t get a steady enough job…old ppl
    Breezing at work….. they have had their kids and worked hard. Make room. Also promote good family living from school!!!

    • Renee Ricardo Harewood
      Renee Ricardo Harewood July 14, 2017 at 6:31 am

      Me an woman was talkin bout that yesterday that ppl shudnt have to work over 60 years old, 50 year is a good enough age to retire from your main job able bodied not when ya pop down ,make room for the younger ppl.

    • Jane Burnett
      Jane Burnett July 14, 2017 at 6:37 am

      Been saying the same thing all along go home live off their pensions women have children to feed send school and manage house holds

    • Paul Forde
      Paul Forde July 14, 2017 at 7:05 am

      And who has paid their mortgage at 50? These people still have children studying at 50… To lower the retirement age makes it worse. It would mean more people having to collect retirement funds and less people working. Also they will be collecting retirement funds for a lot longer. NIS would surely die if that was to happen.

  19. Anthony Williams
    Anthony Williams July 14, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Why can’t you think about something more enlightening? You silly nasty old fool.

  20. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott July 14, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Wdf we gine feed them wid.. . (Grass)

  21. Sebastian Da Costa
    Sebastian Da Costa July 14, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Why don’t he go get more then

  22. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett July 14, 2017 at 5:39 am


  23. Asharya Ione
    Asharya Ione July 14, 2017 at 5:40 am

    To put where??

  24. Stacia Greaves
    Stacia Greaves July 14, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Parents already got it hard trying to deal with the ones we have now and them talking bout get more….these ppl serious..with the state that this country in…and all these damn taxes we getting hit with….what the hell we would be getting more children for and just now we going to be struggling to feed the ones we already have with these prices going up everytime u go in the supermarket….stop talking a bunch of $h@t and look for ways to help better the country

  25. Olivia Wilkinson
    Olivia Wilkinson July 14, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Stupseeeeee. …..and feed them grass?

  26. Cassandra Gittens
    Cassandra Gittens July 14, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Is he going to help raise them

  27. jrsmith July 14, 2017 at 6:13 am

    First these people should look at (DODDS) and see who is there. .
    Then consider the children who is really suffering in Barbados,the absent fathers , who is living on the same streets with another contributing nothing to may be 5 previous and most are just sitting around…….
    Last year some one made a comment , and up came some information, …. 6 young women in barbados had among them 38 kids , living in the most disgusting surroundings …….

    Why our black people always , be the champion of bad news especially our politicians and that’s because it doesn’t matter to them….

  28. Alicia Bishop
    Alicia Bishop July 14, 2017 at 6:22 am

    I hate ta here dem every minute more children how much he got mussy 1 r2

  29. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner July 14, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Do what other smart progressive countries do and that is offer serious incentives if government want women to have kids to help replenish population but knowing how things work in Barbados that ain’t gine happen.Also deal harshly with deadbeat sperm donor dads that would be nice also so women not left holding the bag for 18 plus years.

    • Yvonne Sealy
      Yvonne Sealy July 14, 2017 at 6:27 am

      What about d deadbeat MOTHERSSSS

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner July 14, 2017 at 6:30 am

      Yvonne Sealy Agree with you but lets be real it’s way more deadbeat dads than deadbeat moms.

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor July 14, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Rawle Spooner u does work at d welfare department? Ya on point, but I curious…..

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner July 14, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Sharon Taylor no i’m just trying to put things in perspective.

  30. Yvonne Sealy
    Yvonne Sealy July 14, 2017 at 6:26 am

    More children means more suffering for these innocent lil ones…too many ppl just getting children n not caring for them…….Plzzzzzzzzzz

  31. Kamila Burrowes
    Kamila Burrowes July 14, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Why you don’t go and get with the ole sperm you have stupse do things already hard in this country

  32. Sade Simpson
    Sade Simpson July 14, 2017 at 6:31 am

    People of Barbados ;you heard the man get on it be fruitful and multiply

  33. Mazie Kienemund
    Mazie Kienemund July 14, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Really,in this economy?

  34. Anna Bovell
    Anna Bovell July 14, 2017 at 6:40 am

    You don’t have any opportunities for said children so please stop.

  35. Philip Tony Wilson
    Philip Tony Wilson July 14, 2017 at 6:41 am

    I am amazed that some folks are saying that you should retire at 50 and make room. At 50, you have not finished paying your mortgage, paying off a loan for your childrens’ education, have not made enough contributions to have a decent pension. Are these younger folks willing to triple their NIS contribution to provide a pension for these retired folks who could probably live another 40 years?

  36. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams July 14, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I figure most of the people hating on having children have given up on Barbados and don’t expect to live long. “I believe children are the future..”

    • Mike Baje
      Mike Baje July 14, 2017 at 7:06 am

      How many you have?

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor July 14, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Wa Mike Baje ya dirty!

    • Epaphras D. Williams
      Epaphras D. Williams July 14, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Mike Baje just keep scrolling if you don’t have anything wise to add. You don’t know me nor my efforts to help children so go and hide your comment.

  37. Arte Maria Benn
    Arte Maria Benn July 14, 2017 at 6:49 am

    With what shall we feed, clothe and house them, dear Edward, dear Edward?

  38. Eleanor Weekes
    Eleanor Weekes July 14, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Is he out of his mind? Certainly not a call for him to make! Feed, cloth and educate them all up to parent not the government.

  39. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow July 14, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Children are man’s investment into future if population zero is the mandate…The problem may lie in Children having children which might be taxing socially and economically

  40. Rosan Als
    Rosan Als July 14, 2017 at 7:02 am

    So wanna can see them strive to death

  41. Rishona Graham
    Rishona Graham July 14, 2017 at 7:08 am

    give persons incentives

  42. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd July 14, 2017 at 7:10 am


  43. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 14, 2017 at 7:13 am


  44. Omar Herbert
    Omar Herbert July 14, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Sabrina Herbert

  45. Charmaine Gulstone
    Charmaine Gulstone July 14, 2017 at 7:19 am


  46. John Harewood
    John Harewood July 14, 2017 at 7:22 am

    And with the cost of living rising how you going comfortably support them

  47. Wolsley Grannum July 14, 2017 at 7:32 am

    There is a simple solution to this situation. If Bajans don’t want to have more children, then the government should relax the immigration rules to allow people from the Caribbean and Latin America to come to Barbados and live. Set up an incentive fund to funded by the tax payers of Barbados for them to have a new breed of Bajans. Barbados can do with some Bajan Latino people.

  48. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn July 14, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Edward Bushell you can still have more. What stopping you from getting more.

  49. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor July 14, 2017 at 7:41 am

    This population saga too funny…. Dem could just bring in d damn chinese or whoever it is dem agreed to tek d couple thousand immigrants from and stop trying to mek we feel that there aren’t an abundance of children in this island! Cause if that is what this is all about, at a later date, we the people of this little island will take a stand against it!

  50. Heather Marshall
    Heather Marshall July 14, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Wait,Barp joining d Joneses,the fact that them retire ,they could go get 5 each and sit down home and look after them,seeing that they won’t have any thing else to do,make ma laugh

  51. Dario R Bruce
    Dario R Bruce July 14, 2017 at 7:43 am

    why noone tells these ppl to tell the government to stop making things so hard for ppl and encourage them to make babies.

  52. Yvette Griffith
    Yvette Griffith July 14, 2017 at 7:49 am


  53. Nicole Denise Thompson
    Nicole Denise Thompson July 14, 2017 at 7:52 am


  54. Liz DaSilva Vieira
    Liz DaSilva Vieira July 14, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Nothing wrong with having more children “IF” you are in a position to provide adequately for them but to have more children when you are already struggling as so many are in these economic times is madness, it will put even more people below the poverty line.

    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield July 14, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Welfare money cannot help. Next thing who say that all these children when they reach working age would be interested in working. What percentage. The climate is far from right.

  55. Janel Howell
    Janel Howell July 14, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Agreed. They will see the results later.

  56. Tracy Brown
    Tracy Brown July 14, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Bunch a waste people talking crap strupssss

  57. Lola De Palma
    Lola De Palma July 14, 2017 at 8:15 am

    He’s an idiot

  58. Michael Walcott
    Michael Walcott July 14, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Reduce the cost of living then!

  59. Shayne Guzman
    Shayne Guzman July 14, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Bad move..humanity is going to move towards automation and computing…you will have plenty of people but fewer jobs…this guy has no idea what the future will look like….too old to get it

  60. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma July 14, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Are they going to help support these children in these hard times??

  61. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed July 14, 2017 at 8:31 am

    another clown who had a vision in his sleep perhaps??? the present generation cant find jobs or reasonable housing…..the welfare department over whelmed and taxes gine crazy… when we get the babies then what???

  62. Brown Z Alleyne
    Brown Z Alleyne July 14, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Wait I in d twilight zone R something????! N feed them with what? Grass?

  63. Karen Farmer Troulan
    Karen Farmer Troulan July 14, 2017 at 8:33 am

    One question, you all going pay for the up keep of these children? Education, cloths, food? And the list goes on.

  64. Brown Z Alleyne
    Brown Z Alleyne July 14, 2017 at 8:33 am

    The way how d ppl running this country dem expect we to listen to this ridiculousness

  65. JC Clarke
    JC Clarke July 14, 2017 at 8:39 am

    U folks wait till u all get old and now think about that I bet u only have 2 or none. All of u that think that now should have done the job back then it won’t have reach this stage

  66. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma July 14, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Lol… Really and truly, much of it has to do with venereal diseases, homosexuality and man-made chemicals that’s creating infertility. And, another serious issue is that the youth are killing each other and some are being imprisoned for long stretches of time. Society truly has to clean up its act because these are the signs and culmination of unsavory outcomes of past activities.

  67. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield July 14, 2017 at 8:51 am

    If the economy was made friendly for persons to spend that would be no problem. Let all who are making the big monies get then . A child or children do not eat grass .18 years maximum in support. More if they have a disability. Many people are working for minimum wages and now this tax. People like Ed need to stop talking crap. Yes there is a need for population growth but at this time Really!

  68. Wendell Kirton
    Wendell Kirton July 14, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Times so hard low the gas prices raise peoples pay and Fire all the ministers that’s what.

  69. Wendy Wickham
    Wendy Wickham July 14, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Why don’t you go an get six children an look after to them it’s easy for you to say

  70. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch July 14, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Look stupidity.

  71. Tessa Trotman
    Tessa Trotman July 14, 2017 at 9:32 am

    MARINA …

  72. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul July 14, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Why have children if you don’t have a house to keep them in. Where will you keep them, on the beautiful beaches of Barbados? Bajans NEED houses, jobs, better medical facilities and affordable childcare centres, etc way before they need children. Only a few of the well-to-do already have this. If he is so desperately trying to appeal to the masses, then you have to GIVE TO GET. No one in their right mind will watch a child struggle in an uncomfortable situation. Give the people work with better wages and affordable housing to raise these children that YOU NEED.

  73. Margaret Brathwaite
    Margaret Brathwaite July 14, 2017 at 10:06 am

    are you willing to help support them and by that i mean sending them to college after secondary or some sort of higher education institution

  74. Seanstar Bradshaw
    Seanstar Bradshaw July 14, 2017 at 10:07 am

    They would if only they knew how the would be able to feed them

  75. Shelley Howard
    Shelley Howard July 14, 2017 at 10:25 am

    True….and bfore u reach up there its day care fees. Everybody cant afford private…been hearin its difficult to get in the government ones.

  76. Shelley Howard
    Shelley Howard July 14, 2017 at 10:28 am
  77. Hyacinth Mayers
    Hyacinth Mayers July 14, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Pay me to have a couple until they’re 21.

  78. Maureen Sho
    Maureen Sho July 14, 2017 at 10:33 am

    How much are they contributing to the daily nurturing of the the children if you have more.

  79. Shelley Howard
    Shelley Howard July 14, 2017 at 10:39 am

    These comments are what theyre all lookin for. Could only be purpose work. They will all sit and sip tea or over drinks have a good lol to see how bajans reacted. Just like this. Sport taken to another level because dem cant be serious.

  80. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner July 14, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Mavis if government want people especially women to have more kids to help replenish aging population then provide subsidies and incentives to do so.Other countries around the world do it but don’t expect both men and women to do it on they own Barbados expensive for heck one person.

  81. Belfast July 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    We should be reminded of that mural on the east face of the QEH.

  82. Jea Alleyne July 15, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I think the comparisions should be made as Bushell has done…. In the UK you get/or used to get Child Benefit, do the mothers receive that here, free powder milk tokens until the child is school age, a grant to assist to buy baby’s initial things…..I keep hearing this system is built on the UK system, however they are not updating this system so it is outdated and Bajans are being robbed. School Books and writing books are provided by the school and a bottle of milk everyday for the Infants. What do parents receive from the state here? I think very little assistance which is sad….Just becausee you are BARP Head doesnt make you an expert on whether ppl should or not, you are not raising them……


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