Crocodile tears


Controversial retired principal Jeff Broomes has accused president of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU), Mary Redman of shedding crocodile tears over some students not receiving grades for their School-Based Assessments (SBAs).

Following the Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) release of Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results, five schools reported that significant numbers of students did not get marks for their projects in various subjects.

In defence of teachers who immediately came under the spotlight because of their dispute with CXC over demands for pay to mark the SBAs, Redman vehemently insisted that all the projects had been marked and submitted on time to the regional testing body. She blamed a CXC blunder for the students’ current plight.

However, Broomes, who was at loggerheads with the BSTU when he served as principal of the Alexandra School and then later at the Parkinson Memorial School, today questioned Redman’s professed concern for the students.

Delivering the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) lunchtime lecture this afternoon, he argued that this was the same union boss who had been advocating that teachers not mark the SBAs unless CXC agreed to pay them for doing so.

“For the last few years, the president of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union has been telling her teachers not to correct SBAs. They say they weren’t doing it. Now there is a problem with SBAs this year and the investigations are only now starting and she is in the paper blaming CXC,” Broomes said.

“What happened this year is nothing new, and I suspect when the investigation is done it would be some computer glitch, but the ulterior messaging she had supplied created a lot of confusion. She has no credibility when it comes to this issue. She tried to destroy our children and is now pretending to be protective of them,” an impassioned Broomes added.

The former principal also had some choice words for the Combermere School principal, Vere Parris who, in response to students being emotionally distraught by the SBA mix-up, said he was on leave.

“I was totally disgusted . . . . What kind of leave he could be talking about? Those are children you looked after all of your school life, but you on leave? All this headache took place while you were principal and you have a duty of care and the Ministry [of Education] should have called him back out,” he insisted.

The former head of the Barbados Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools issued a fervent call for the Ministry to weed out educators who were not committed to students.

He argued that the Ministry must follow its stated evaluation policy and “not just have it as a timewasting paper exercise with no teeth”.

“Our profession, our children and our nation suffer when teaching is allowed to be used as a simple meal ticket or a temporary stepping stone for personal interests. If there is no passion for or genuine commitment to the profession, one should get out of it or be put out of it through the evaluation process. There should be no surrender and no retreat here. There is just no room for compromise in having quality persons directing the lives of our children,” Broomes insisted.

8 Responses to Crocodile tears

  1. Loretta Griffith August 26, 2017 at 12:38 am

    This is how I feel about some politicians. No genuine commitment. Using parliament as a get rich scheme and in some cases a meal ticket.
    We need persons who are loyal to country and not about self aggrandizement.

  2. Loretta Griffith August 26, 2017 at 1:07 am

    This is how I feel about some politicians. No genuine commitment. Using parliament as a get rich s cheme and in some cases a meal ticket.
    We need persons who are loyal to country and not about self aggrandizement.

    • Michael Parris August 26, 2017 at 10:40 am

      If priest were in parliament they too would be trying to get rich too because that is what they do in the church.

  3. Mona Yolanda August 26, 2017 at 7:41 am

    The Democratic Labour Party Lunchtime Lecture event is proving to be most insightful! First Hartley Reid, followed by Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM and now Jeff Broomes. “Yardfowlism” is alive. So is delusion! The Ministry of Education could not tell Jeff Broomes what to do. They summoned him to meetings that he refused to attend as an employee and now he’s advising the Ministry of Education what they should demand of another principal. If these behaviours and utterances were not such serious indictments of politics and principles, I would be laughing out loud!!!!

  4. Milli Watt August 26, 2017 at 9:53 am

    yuh lie BROOME……………… tell

  5. fedup August 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Broomes smell summuch hell in he time dat he should really shut up and sit down. Couldn’t even fix he own ‘situation’. Steupse.

  6. R. Gilkes August 26, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks for letting everyone finally know that once the DLP were in power you could’ve done whatever you liked at those two schools.

  7. Belfast August 26, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Little Tommy Tucker sings for his supper,
    What shall we give him, stuart bread and butter.


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