‘Teachers could become victims of low birth rate’

Minister of Education Ronald Jones is warning that some teachers could lose their jobs if the country’s declining birthrate is not reversed.

And he told Barbados TODAY that primary schools were likely to be the worst affected.

The minister explained that with fewer students being enrolled in schools, some educational institutions may have to be merged, which means fewer teachers would be needed.

“We have shaped the school system to respond to the needs of the population and whatever the population is, it will have implications on the teaching profession and the infrastructure,” Jones said on the sidelines of the Melanie Kristin Price Foundation scholarship presentation at his office yesterday.

“Rather than build more [schools], we may have to consolidate.”

Despite drawing much criticism for his repeated suggestion that Barbadians should have more children to address the country’s declining birth rate, the minister maintained, but clarified, his position.

“A society that does not understand its own survival can be brutal in their commentary. I have received some very naughty Facebook and other messages by persons who don’t understand the point,” Jones said.

“I am not saying to anybody . . . [to] go and have children if you . . . are not in position to maintain those children. But I am saying that as you look toward the future, the implications for the Barbados population are going to change and you have to maintain some internal stability.”

Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch on Tuesday reported declining rates in the number of students writing exams, stating that a falling birthrate was partly to blame.

Jones used that information to support his position.

“I still must agree with the CXC Registrar. We have noticed absolute numbers of human beings declining in our school system, particularly in the secondary schools. Where there is an impact on the demographic of the falling birthrate, it will impact your school system,” he said.

“Subject entries have been slipping a bit. During the last nine to ten years, it went up; I think it has now plateaued. Some students would do five, seven or nine [subjects], but you need a few more students, especially those who have not been reaching the standard of the academic programme such as CXC,” he stressed.

26 Responses to ‘Teachers could become victims of low birth rate’

  1. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen August 17, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Mr jones I does never follow de multitude,I was looking at it ,but I see it from a other side ,a side that you as a politician can say cause it will be political suicide.what jones is saying is we have nuff nuff Indian hair children in our schools and every year it’s dubbing more then the previous year .So by 2030 our teacher will be replace by people that will be teaching and and selling their hair .so bajan stop saying ya can’t afford to have children ,stop buying thousand dollar remmi I mean Indian hair .and get children .

    • Jennifer August 18, 2017 at 2:03 am

      Blame the historians for that lack of knowledge of self. We are the only race of people who do not like our own God given hair looks. And would do our best to apply someone else hair and in some cases full of lice too. This is sickness.

  2. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen August 17, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    And by de way I was by de ministry of education today and some Guyanese down at ministry getting wavers fa books and petty fee and I was told this is a common thing annually and we bajan don’t get these things .bajans we are seen as the last class not only by other but by our own.

    • Marlissa Matthias
      Marlissa Matthias August 18, 2017 at 7:40 am

      I see you’re ill informed SMH “some Guyanese” stupseee

  3. John Everatt August 17, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Look, Mr. Jones – We have far too many single parents trying to raise many kids and you can clearly see the results today. You are encouraging even more children to be brought into this world with very little support from the parents. This has been going on for a long time. The guns are in the hands of these youths now. And you seem to want even more of this. Please think reasonably.

  4. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow August 17, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    I’m appalled that this supposed educated twit will have the audacity to spout such verbal Diarrhea… Mr Jones can you produce the Data to substantiate those claims ? Perhsps if we practice population zero that make your theory junk science..that is if Mr Jones knows what population Zero is

  5. Samantha Trotman
    Samantha Trotman August 18, 2017 at 12:39 am

    What wrong wud he all the time with this baby issue

  6. Juliet Marshall
    Juliet Marshall August 18, 2017 at 2:07 am

    I just downloaded this from the Barbados Family Planning website. Only those who are capable, willing and able to take care of babies should enjoy this weather. All other folks are asked to take necessary precaution and or seek shelter elsewhere.

  7. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry August 18, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Wait…dem fuh real? Stupsssse

  8. Jason Roachford
    Jason Roachford August 18, 2017 at 3:11 am

    He does just want to talk

  9. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 18, 2017 at 3:48 am

    The man is broody as a Hen. He want babies nothing wrong with that. Rhonda is offering to be a surrogate mother as well as being the father. Two for the price of one.

  10. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard August 18, 2017 at 5:50 am

    man what wrong with this man and a lot of children.

  11. Lisa Parris
    Lisa Parris August 18, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Jesus, God! You’re on this again?

  12. Joy August 18, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Teachers are already victims of the current birth rate. They are being attacked daily by the violent children that the same Minister branded possessed by demons years ago. The Minister and his Ministry continues to allow the teachers to be victims by doing nothing to address violence by students against teachers in schools. You only reacted when videos of student on student violence were circulated resulting in criminal charges being brought against the students .

    Teachers can find another job but they can’t find another eye if they’re blinded by a student or find another life if they get killed.

  13. Tamesha Padmore
    Tamesha Padmore August 18, 2017 at 6:42 am

    He jawbones want excercise? Stuuupes

  14. Baj Beau
    Baj Beau August 18, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Taxes or children sir. Pick a struggle. Cant do both.

  15. Sue Donym August 18, 2017 at 8:09 am

    How many ways can Mr Jones spin the “more babies” spiel? From the perspective of the Minister of Education, do you not see an opportunity to change the teacher:pupil ratio positively? Why would you need to close schools when the results will demonstrate the benefits of smaller class sizes, which should in turn yield higher and better pass rates and likely eventually produce the higher number of quality passes for examinations?

    My public school education leads me to ask whether Mr Jones sees the desire to fill schools above the need to properly educate students!

    • Jennifer August 18, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      @ Sue – OK – well said, he is silly like that and this level of thinking is way above his capability. Any excuse to send home staff instead of utilizing and seeing the benefits of such. nit wit. There are many snares and traps which have this people not producing. And any attempt to highlight them on air will lead to being silenced and the protection of pure wickedness.

  16. jrsmith August 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Why are bajans ignoring the real issues to pick on a another clown politician, day after day they open they mouths and disaster comes flowing out., not any words of wisdom……..
    ……………………….What I want bajans to concentrate on , the idea of controlling our politicians , we cannot allow politicians from any party to treat bajans as this lot have done over the 2 terms in office , all the other stuff in man made by the said politicians , we need to take back our democratic rights………

  17. jrsmith August 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    We need to get rid of lots of politicians , a little island as barbados have too many politicians , but still nothing is achieved ………..

  18. Balfast August 18, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Mr. Jones and Company. Many a plantation owner in days gone by had in excess of 40 children. We have heard of Eddie Cox, one of his daughters just celebrated 100 years. Then there were Hutson of Blackmans Plantation and Austin of Malvern.
    The high brown skin girls were given jobs in and around the Great House. The red and black boys were employed in the fields, some lucky ones drove trucks or mule carts.
    Mr Jones when we get all of these children, will they be similarly employed in the modern equivalent of the plantation in Bridgetown, Casa Grande and in the Heights and Terraces as gardeners and maids, if they are lucky?
    Mr Jones are you spinning top in reverse?

  19. Sherry Garnes August 18, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    That mam too likes being on show. Things have never been so hard in Barbados before and he wants people to have children? And saying he means those who can afford? Time for him to step down and go home. How many children does he have to keep society going? How many people who can afford to want to have children, given the level of violence today. He is jus a damn nuisance.

  20. Anthony Prescott August 18, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    The Education Minister is a glorified mid-wife, all the money to monitor the birth rate????

  21. Anthony Prescott August 18, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    The Education Minister is a glorified mid-wife, all that money to monitor the birth rate????

  22. bobo August 21, 2017 at 1:56 am

    R Jones political Psychopath–who should be in prison having sexual fun with the prisoners– there and then he will understand his role of Minister of education

  23. Sheron Inniss August 21, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Tek my foolish advice. F wunnuh can’t afford the picknies(I spell it right?) don’t get any. Children cost a lot of money from pregnancy to adulthood.


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