Alarm raised at BCC

Classes were disrupted today after the fire alarm was triggered at the Barbados Community College’s Hospitality Institute at PomMarine.

The development coincided with protest action by students over the alleged ill treatment of one of their colleagues.

At the centre of the controversy is the Acting President of the Guild of Students Kobie Broomes, who is accusing a teacher at the institute of “shouting at him and disrespecting him” after the guild was given permission in writing earlier this week to meet with students at the Hastings, Christ Church campus to discuss matters of concern to them, ahead of next week’s Guild elections.

Kobie Broomes

Based on accounts from several students, Broomes had gone over to the teacher to apologize after the 12 p.m. guild meeting ran over into her 1 p.m. class time.

However, her response was said to be nothing short of “obnoxious and impertinent”.

This led to formal complaints being made to the Director of the Institute Deborah Trotman and to the BCC Registrar Roger Worrell.

Barbados TODAY also obtained a copy of a letter sent to the Acting BCC Principal Dr Cheryl Weekes in which the guild condemned in the strongest possible terms what it described as “the gross disrespect” meted out to the acting president.

“We expect that the office of the guild [be] treated with utmost respect by the administration of the college. To this extent, we first demand a written apology from the Director of the Hospitality Institute for questioning the rectitude of the President,” the letter said in response to suggestions that the guild was engaging in a “power play” and that students had deliberately set off the fire alarm, forcing the disruption which lasted for about half an hour before classes were able to resume.

The guild also described the attitude of the tutor at the centre of the incident as “obnoxious and impertinent”, while suggesting that she had also tried to bar students from attending her class following today’s guild meeting.

“Her attempt to grandstand before an audience of students to diminish the mandate of the [acting] president and his council will not be tolerated. To this extent, we also demand a written apology to both the [acting] president and to the students present for the uncouth behaviour exhibited,” the letter adds.

The two-page document also outlines the concerns of students at the PomMarine institute, including inadequate ventilation in the student’s lounge, unkempt bathroom facilities, inadequate transportation and matters relating to teacher-student relations.

The Guild is demanding a meeting no later than next Monday with the Acting Principal, Registrar and Director of the Hospitality Institute to discuss the concerns, otherwise it says there could be escalated protest action at the BCC early next week.

When contacted, Broomes would only confirm that the guild had met today with students of the Hospitality Institute, while its director said she was unaware of any disruption of classes.

“We had a fire alarm go off and the school was evacuated. Students were spoken to and they are all back in class,” she told Barbados TODAY.

12 Responses to Alarm raised at BCC

  1. bobo November 2, 2017 at 6:42 am

    The Truth Of Matter Always Prevail—–

  2. Adrian November 2, 2017 at 7:09 am

    The arrogant and confrontational behavior displayed by some leaders of some of our organizations has found it’s way to our youth. What has happened to diplomacy?

  3. Bajan November 2, 2017 at 8:09 am

    The teacher “shouting at him and disrespecting him.” Mr.Kobie and friends, grow up! Why don’t you guys go and protest a real serious issue like a rally against the distribution of illegal drugs, shootings and gang violence in your communities? March through the ‘gang blocks’ and let the gangsters know how you feel.

    Sometimes one wishes that Military Service was mandatory for all men and women 16 to 35 and a prerequisite for tertiary education in Barbados.

    • Trina November 2, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Obviously you do not understand what the Student Guild is about

  4. Francis Blackman-StJohn
    Francis Blackman-StJohn November 2, 2017 at 8:16 am

    They lost me at the inadequate transportation issue….the number one route in bim is at most a 10 minute walk from the main road if you sauntering

    • Jamal Slocombe
      Jamal Slocombe November 2, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Would you like your daughter to walk a long dark lonely road, minutes to 12:00am – knowing there is increase criminal activity in the area?

    • Francis Blackman-StJohn
      Francis Blackman-StJohn November 2, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Ok slocombe. I went to Pommarine. While I was there if you were required to work those hours a ZM was hired to take you home…if that is what they are protesting then I’m all for it…the article didn’t say after hours transport issues

    • Jamal Slocombe
      Jamal Slocombe November 2, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Very well. Noted.

  5. Sean Gibbs November 2, 2017 at 9:51 am

    He is upset because a teacher raised their voice to him? He should grow a back bone and some thicker skin. He should have been on time for class. That’s what’s wrong with the youth today they think the world owes them, but the world don’t owe them one thing. Respect other people’s time, after all the teacher is there to teach you not wait on you. He should now be suspended for wasting more people’s time.

    • Nami November 2, 2017 at 10:07 am

      It is advised to persons like yourself to READ and understand before leaving pointless comments only embarrassing yourself.

  6. DE November 2, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    This reminds me of a case where a teacher was speaking to a student. The teacher was looking at the student while speaking and the student said to teacher “don’t steer me”. Well the student went home an told the parent (Mother) that the teacher steered them in the face. The mother went to the school. I don’t think that student will ever complain to their parent about a teacher again.

  7. Mary Jesus November 2, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    You people do not know what students go thru at the school so yall should not say rally about something serious students are treated like dogs.


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