Jones fed up with Redman’s ‘rubbish’

Minister of Education Ronald Jones has rubbished claims by the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) that serious “blunders” occurred in the marking of this year’s Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exams, resulting in a number of students receiving failing grades.

The union today demanded answers from officials of both CXC and the Ministry of Education about the results of this year’s Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC).

 “We are asking a number of questions that we want answers from both CXC and the Ministry of Education. We are asking if there is any truth to the statements made to members of staff at a certain institution that boxes of examination scripts in at least one subject area were found at the Ministry of Education having never been delivered to CXC.

“We are asking if any of this had anything to do with the subsequent ungraded results by some students in the system,” BSTU President Mary Redman said.

She was speaking to the media following a four-hour meeting with her membership at the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) headquarters.

Redman also called on CXC to clarify claims that some students who had received ungraded results later got the mark amended to grade 3.

“All of the children got the lowest grade considered to be a pass. We are asking CXC how does that square against the known and varying capabilities of the students and how is that impacting their acceptance rate for students to do A-levels and further studies in those same subject areas?

“This may have been their most favoured subject,” said Redman, who argued that this was compounded by the fact that parents had to pay to have the discrepancy reviewed.

However in a sharp response Jones told Barbados TODAY that he had no idea what Redman was talking about, stressing that issues raised about grades had all been amicably settled.

“If Redman is privy to what CXC does and what grades there were, then that is her business. I am not familiar with any grades of any student in Barbados at this time so I really can’t comment. The issue of correcting scripts and everybody getting grade 3, I don’t know about any of that. If Redman wants something to talk about then let her go ahead. The Ministry of Education and the Caribbean Examination Council have amicably dealt with all issues raised,” Jones stressed, adding that “outside of the individual queries the Ministry of Education has no issue with CXC.

This is the start of the school term and the usual foreplay is about the emerge, so I am not even getting into that because the children did exams in May and issues queried had been marked so that children could take a decision on their academic life. Anything else is nonsense and rubbish as far as I am concerned,” Jones told Barbados TODAY after Redman had earlier warned that there could be disruption at the start of the new school year next week unless there was reinstatement of a teacher at St Michael School.

However, while not backing down from the threat entirely, Redman said today the BSTU was preparing to write both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of the Civil Service to request a formal hearing on the protracted matter, which has been outstanding for nearly a year.

She did not give a timeline in which the ministry was to respond, but said the union was not prepared to wait indefinitely.

Source: by Colville Mounsey

55 Responses to Jones fed up with Redman’s ‘rubbish’

  1. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen September 9, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Minister jones ,Ladies and gentlemen ,boys and girls ,As we enter our new 2017-2018 school year ,one who need no introduction..Mary Redbull on our left and we have Minister Jonesy in hot red overall on our right and the fight is on referees are the children who will be watching closely.

  2. Cecily Jones
    Cecily Jones September 9, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Can’t believe this is a government minister speaking. And even more unbelievably, the Minister for Education. If this is the level of representation we have, no wonder Barbados is in such a lot of trouble.

    • Marsha Hinds
      Marsha Hinds September 9, 2017 at 6:27 am

      Thank God… at least one person gets it!

    • Cecily Jones
      Cecily Jones September 9, 2017 at 7:36 am

      Marsha Hinds I despair at the poor calibre and arrogance of so many of our elected representatives – many of whom would never rise to such heights in other places. I watched the Antigua PM Gaston Browne the other day speaking of the devastation that has befallen Antigua and Barbuda…even in his shock and distress, he spoke with a articulateness and eloquence than I have ever heard from the majority of our politicians – and certainly never from our PM. .

      • John Everatt September 9, 2017 at 10:19 am

        Yes this was my thought as well when I heard Mr. Browne speak regarding the storm damage. None of our politicians are of that caliber speaking with the public.

    • Margaret Brathwaite
      Margaret Brathwaite September 9, 2017 at 9:47 am

      So why are you blaming minister Jones don’t you think that he and the rest at ministry of education are frustrated with the way our school children are being treated even the children are fed up that they don’t or are not interested in school any more

  3. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley September 9, 2017 at 4:53 am

    This woman doesn’t have a single thought for the children, take any sensible high school boy or girl and let them have her job

    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce September 9, 2017 at 6:03 am

      Incompetent to the max.

    • E Jerome Davis
      E Jerome Davis September 9, 2017 at 6:49 am

      Not true at all SW. She just brought the CXC mess to the fore. She is a champion for Education in 21century.

    • Cheryl Cumberbatch
      Cheryl Cumberbatch September 9, 2017 at 7:02 am

      Maybe persons don’t want the truth revealed E Jerome Davis.

    • Shelly Ross
      Shelly Ross September 9, 2017 at 8:17 am

      E Jerome Davis lol! We will be better off with Irma… least we know out front what she is bringing.

    • hcalndre September 9, 2017 at 8:50 am

      @Sharon Woolley; it`s very easy to use the children as a way to attack Ms.Redman, are you accusing her not speaking the truth?

    • Margaret Brathwaite
      Margaret Brathwaite September 9, 2017 at 9:50 am

      You are 100% Sharon woolley

    • Margaret Brathwaite
      Margaret Brathwaite September 9, 2017 at 9:52 am

      She ain’t care about these school children at all. Go and teach your form and stop suffering the children. You could image parents have to pay extra for lessons for the children to excell in school

    • Conchita Moseley
      Conchita Moseley September 9, 2017 at 11:03 am

      The children in any Country are the future, doctors lawyers teachers PM, MP, bUT THESE Clowns in Charge Have chosen to disrupt call strikes pay teachers to sit at home take off to cruisers fly to Europe while our kids loiter and get caught up with modern day crime and violence. When I was young I would be happy if we had a day off school not realizing the value of my Education for later on in life. Enough is enough with this MARY MARY SO CONTRARY WOMAN, She is to stop playing parts with the children’s Education. Time to resign .

  4. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma September 9, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Well, as usual I’m very disappointed with this man’s response on issues impacting the children of Barbados. He is NOT fit to be the Minister of Education! He lacks respect for issues that should be under his mandate to deal with and he fails to so, and then come out with a lot of bullcrap when things get out of hand. In regards to the teacher and the termination of employment, was it justify? Does anyone know the details? If it wasn’t, then to take away a person’s livelihood is not right at all. That’s a fundamental right and, if she’s not found wanting then she should not lose her job. This man is coarse, dense and belligerent without any leaning towards diplomacy or professionalism!

    • Marsha Hinds
      Marsha Hinds September 9, 2017 at 6:28 am

      but then we chastise Mary for keeping him to account…. What do we really want?

    • Juanita Blanco
      Juanita Blanco September 9, 2017 at 6:47 am

      Exactly Marsha Hinds! Their blacklisting campaign of her has been very successful. Smh

    • Marsha Hinds
      Marsha Hinds September 9, 2017 at 6:57 am

      Everything in this Ministry is in shambles… the kids are NOT getting the best but instead of cast the venom where we should Mary is made the villian.

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 9, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Rhonda fed up with Redman’s ‘rubbish’ and We FED UP with BSTU and most of all DEMs.

  6. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison September 9, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Minister Jones is now getting a hint at how the vast majority of citizens in this country really feels.
    Jones says that he’s fed up with Mary Redman but he fails to understand that more importantly for him that his management of the Ministry of Education has been weighed and found wanting.
    The teachers, the unions, the parents and school administrators are fed of you, your condescending and utter disrespectful attitude towards all involved and would appreciate if you would just refrain from opening your silly mouth for the remaining months of your tenure.
    Take a leaf from the play book of your boss and just be silent.
    We have had more than enough of you sir.

  7. Ferreira Claude
    Ferreira Claude September 9, 2017 at 6:41 am

    He expect the union to stand by and he does as he pleases.

  8. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens September 9, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Think about the children. The future generations.

  9. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis September 9, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Mary Redman for justice, fair play and correctness.

    • Shelly Ross
      Shelly Ross September 9, 2017 at 8:18 am

      And a child dies

    • Sherlock Holmes. September 9, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Jerome STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Thunder September 9, 2017 at 6:50 am

    There seems to always be some war in this country, yet no one admits to anything,if the allegations are true investigate, a child died because he was displeased with the results, but at the end of the day we need to ensure our decisions don’t impact negatively on the same children, we are so concerned about.

  11. Olivia Wilkinson
    Olivia Wilkinson September 9, 2017 at 6:54 am

    The kids are suffering…..plz help them.

    • Kathyann Best
      Kathyann Best September 9, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Nonw of them don’t seem to care about the kids!

  12. Juliet Marshall
    Juliet Marshall September 9, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Me to

  13. Duane Burke
    Duane Burke September 9, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Incorrect by Minister Jones I know firsthand that Grades by an entire school went up one level in one subject….so far. This does not warrant the political Shaggy response. It requires an explanation since it goes to the credibility of an institution on which other institutions rely. Once you lose this Integrity it is difficult if not impossible to attain again. Every parent of every child who had a grade revision should be asking this question to their PTA, School, Ministry and CXC:

    Why were their revisions to the marks in this quantum?

    As you can appreciate one or two revisions are random errors. An entire revision is indicative of a Gross error. How can we be assured that this is isolated to here and it is not an across the board policy?

    Is this why CXC put in deterrents for Children to challenge their grades?

    • hcalndre September 9, 2017 at 9:01 am

      The DLP is so accustom of the people around them seeing things going wrong and say or do anything about them until its too far gone, most likely he would like Ms. Redman to stay quit and say nothing. That`s the main reason why the country, the crime and everything is out of control, it took 20 plus gun related murders before Stuart heard a shot and wake up.

  14. Isolene Evans
    Isolene Evans September 9, 2017 at 7:29 am

    This man don’t fit to be the minister of education. He is to condescending and have a very arrogant attitude when it comes to speaking the truth.He seem only to be concern about a pay check and a position that is all.He should be release of his duties, the children of Barbados deserves better

  15. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry September 9, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Just get more children he says. That should be enough to retire he…

  16. Deborah Clarke
    Deborah Clarke September 9, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Redman and shepherd needs to step down or step out this is not good for the children education

    • hcalndre September 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

      @Deborah Clarke: stop using the children as an excuse, talk to Jones the MOEd.

  17. Juliet Marshall
    Juliet Marshall September 9, 2017 at 8:02 am

    They had nine weeks, it tells me she don’t care about the students. Things too quite now so she wants attention.

  18. Kathyann Best
    Kathyann Best September 9, 2017 at 8:08 am

    If she cared she would teach her kids when the terms come! She, the ministry, nobody seem to care.

  19. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke September 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I fed with her rubbish 2

  20. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 9, 2017 at 9:06 am

    One would have figured that Barbadians who boost a lot about how good the education system is would be able to find smarter people for such high positions.Guess it shows book smarts ain’t at all what it crank up to be.

    • Conchita Moseley
      Conchita Moseley September 9, 2017 at 10:52 am

      And then some FAH replying to my comment on the inconsiderate ***Ch pARENTS NEED TO CALL HER OUT.

  21. Margaret Brathwaite
    Margaret Brathwaite September 9, 2017 at 9:49 am

    In total agreement with you Sharon Woolley

  22. Margaret Brathwaite
    Margaret Brathwaite September 9, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Me 3

  23. Lady Jay
    Lady Jay September 9, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Who suffer more here Jones, Redman or our children? every body seeing every thing as political but our children is who is important not Jones nor Redman

  24. mARIA hOLDER September 9, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Someone received a U which was later upgraded to a B – stay tuned

  25. Ernesta Catlyn September 9, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Lady Jay, these parents do not understand love. They think expensive bags, shoes etc. = love. Once they get them out of the house and out of their hair = love. The Minister and Ministry could do what ever they like, whenever they like and it does not matter. Once school starts Monday, parents good.

    I would never forget the first teachers’ Professional Day when parents called the relevant call-in programs to say that the teachers inconvenience them. Teachers fathered or mothered their children so teachers responsible for them.

    I also remember how parents behaves when fees for school meals were reintroduced. We have a strange breed of parents.

  26. Ernesta Catlyn September 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I understand parents. I know the children beating you all and in some cases are the bread winners. I understand

  27. BIGSKY September 9, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    She fights for what she believes in.The only thing I thought she didn’t handle correctly, was calling union meeting during school hours leaving hundreds of children unsupervised.This forced parents to leave their jobs in a desperate attempt to collect them.I thinks she is sincere in her quest.

  28. sherry garnes September 9, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Why are people knocking Mary Redman? For all the years i have known her the children have been het first concern. Mr Jones now, he is a serious joke. He should investigate Ms Redman’s claims bed he criticizes. He is always unclear of things, then opens his stupid mouth and hollers like a spoiled child. I do t know how he became a Minister if education wen he is clearly portraying a lack of education and common sense
    and if the children were ungraded, why give them the lowest Mark? Do you all know how hard some of these children may have studied for these exams. This is their future, don’t make it into a political spit ball game. Please.

    • Sherlock Holmes. September 9, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Sherry shut to hell up with your misguided rhetoric. Mary Redman is a problem i am not political whatsoever but i will call a spade a spade i have let Minister JONES have it in these forums before if he does nonsense in my opinion i call him out. Case in point the marijuana speech at Erdiston college i felt as though i would have given him a hard slap if i was present. However the undeniable facts are this woman has been holding the country’s school children to ransom for far too long and if you think the criticisms that she receives is partisan then you have your head up a dark hole. People of a bipartisan stance are not at all pleased with the foolishness she is doing and maybe it is time for a class action lesson for Mary and take her to a real school.

    • Ernesta Catlyn September 9, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      You may not be political but you are certainly blasphemous

      • Sherlock Holmes. September 9, 2017 at 10:35 pm

        What did i say that was blasphemous? As far as i can recall Jesus got fed up and angry at those whom he said was making his temple a den of crooks and thieves. DId he not show his disgust by flogging some of them and turning over their tables?

  29. Sherlock Holmes. September 9, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    This woman would make Jesus fed up as well. Something is definitely wrong with her, her face personifies misery lord have mercy can one person be so war like? This is becoming so tiresome and this constant disruption of the school system is only placing the country’s students at a disadvantageous position and on account of an agenda based on nepotism.

  30. Milli Watt September 10, 2017 at 10:31 am

    you could believe this minister clown represented labour at one point in time…….pathetic


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