Barbados below world skills standard

Barbados is below the world skills standard. This was revealed by Executive Director of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) council Henderson Eastmond.

“It is time to revisit our national TVET policy both in the Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Education. We have to look at things differently, because if countries are going to push level one and level two in the [secondary] schools and we are now pushing level one and level two in tertiary institutions then you can see where we would be falling,” Eastmond said Friday during a ceremony at the TVET office in Hastings, to present participants in the World Skills Competition with their certificates.

The Executive Director said that Barbados failed to place at the competition held in Abu Dhabi last month, which resulted in its classification as falling below the standard along with 11 other countries.  However, he noted that this was a problem throughout Western countries.

“Western countries, with the exception of Switzerland and Brazil, did not feature at all. It says something about our educational system, we have a traditional educational system that supports academic above the technical skills,” Eastmond said.

“These countries like Korea have invested heavily in their TVET systems and the fact is that when people leave school they can leave school with a technical diploma equivalent to what the polyclinic is putting out.”

Eastmond believes that skills and better training can help to maintain the standard of living in the country.

“We in Barbados have a high standard of living that we want to maintain and that shift to technology and higher levels skills is the way that we want to do it, according to the economic recovery plan.”

Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo who was also in attendance at the ceremony said she agrees with Eastmond’s assessment and told those gathered that Government must look at the Cabinet level to address the problem.

67 Responses to Barbados below world skills standard

  1. David Gibbs
    David Gibbs November 19, 2017 at 10:54 am

    This means we need re-focus where we place emphasis in our education system.

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    • Epaphras D. Williams
      Epaphras D. Williams November 19, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Slam dunk David. They’ll wait next 10 or 20 years for someone from the UK to tell them when to act. 🙁

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    • Adhim Muhammad
      Adhim Muhammad November 20, 2017 at 7:42 am

      You are on point here David. They need to place the students doing skills in a skill set from early. They give me students in fourth and fith form to work with and i am to bring them to CVQ level in two terms while the poor students dont know how to use a mesuring tape, not only that but they “dump” the weakest students in the program and then expect results. We have no choice but to completely overhaul our educational system and bring it in line with the twenty-first centry thinking. My example is always chairman Mo of china.

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  2. Sherlene Phillips
    Sherlene Phillips November 19, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Why are we so reactive…and not proactive?? Can we not think ahead until someone tells us…stupse

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    • David Gibbs
      David Gibbs November 19, 2017 at 11:07 am

      (1) sometimes limited resources means that you have to make hard choices. (2) Plus perhaps the SJPP and Vocational Board need “a Sir Hilary” who will campaign of a skilled graduate in each household just as Sir Hilary campaign for a UWI graduate in each household and got then government to buy into it.

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      • O. Walrond November 19, 2017 at 1:43 pm

        He did? And how did they – by making it harder for poor people to send their children to university?

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    • Epaphras D. Williams
      Epaphras D. Williams November 19, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Lack of confidence at certain levels.

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    • Sherlene Phillips
      Sherlene Phillips November 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Thinking ahead is not prevented by resources….it is like we dont have a brain…we got to wait till an outside country say something and then we realise…For example children could learn about agriculture, organic farming etc…it should not be that expensive….

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      • Jennifer November 19, 2017 at 2:01 pm

        That is how slaves think or should i say not think and wait.

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  3. Caroline Boxill
    Caroline Boxill November 19, 2017 at 11:31 am

    And also well below in getting our income tax.

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  4. Shaunie Nurse
    Shaunie Nurse November 19, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Well if the time is spent changing institution names and not the curriculum, what does this fool expect?

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    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed November 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      You gotta PHD???? If not you I giving you one honris causa

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    • Shaunie Nurse
      Shaunie Nurse November 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Ugh, don’t remind me. I am convinced these politicians do not want the island to prosper.

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    • Tachi Wiltshire
      Tachi Wiltshire November 19, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Shaunie Nurse they are only concerned with themselves and that is all

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  5. hcalndre November 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Keep putting out 50 attorneys every year and political analysts and forget that technology is the way to go. Barbados would always be at the bottom.

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  6. Blon D Mayers Trotman
    Blon D Mayers Trotman November 19, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    D whole of Barbados below standard!!!! Smfh

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  7. Samud Ali
    Samud Ali November 19, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Well if every time that voices rise up to be critical of our schooling and old heads who will never visit the future defend their archaic position…then we will always be twenty years behind

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    • Jennifer November 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      well stated, that is ONE of the biggest problem we face in this place >>>>>>>>>>> Old non thinking heads. Head.

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  8. jrsmith November 19, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Are we too educated to realize we are lacking in education, our educators are the ones who should be pointing our students, in the right direction as to what technology our country requires ……

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  9. Jennifer November 19, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    As I have said numerous times before, when you start wrong you will end wrong. It is just a matter of time before the fruits are seen. Our leaders should never have imported their oppressors systems for a long haul, and gradually gotten the rid of them – that Christianity included. They should have considered that as an underprivileged, disenfranchised people we should have had an eagle or rat approach to the development of this people. On accepting Hillary’s bullet plan on education, leaders should have made it clear that this is dynamic and subject to change/upgrade. The development of the majority should never have been compromised for the minority. And all who do not think that this people education needs an upgrade or that it should stay stagnant, is truly dead in taught, word and deed, and actually hates this people.

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  10. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed November 19, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Idk but every time I see she face or hear she saying something I does run for my pepper mint tea and start humming…….go figure!!!

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  11. Ranaldo Small
    Ranaldo Small November 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    The group that went for the competition was not well prepared for it , not that we are well below world skills.

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    • Charming Forde
      Charming Forde November 19, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Why was that so?

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    • Sharon Michelle Babb
      Sharon Michelle Babb November 19, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      Agreed..how come no one said anything when the teams were at least getting an award even if they didn’t win. What was the difference this year? Who prepared the teams?

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    • Ranaldo Small
      Ranaldo Small November 19, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      The competion held hear to qualify for worldskills , where you ask technicians to dismantle and reassemble engines and the fastest to qualify is not good enough for a world skills competition

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  12. milli watt November 19, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    ohhhhhh………..never would have guessed that given the quality of leadership this country has had post 1994 till present. I am shocked at the news (sarcasm)

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  13. Sheron Inniss November 19, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    The more time I spend on my Facebook page I realize that is obvious. I mean places we look down on in Africa because of watching fake news are coming up with ingenious law cost methods of taking care of so many problems in their homeland. Furthermore, some are so much more advanced than us that I go WOW.

    Why is it that the average man can see this and not them?

    Agriculture 1st, innovation/technology 2nd (not imported; local ). The arts, music, dance are also very important.

    My garden keeps me so busy figuring out how to do things better on a small budget and I love it. At the end of the day I am dust out – no time for the devil to find evil work for my hands.

    That is what the school children need. They will be outdoors getting a lot of physical activity that will take away the diabetes. They will surely have to use the brains they have been given; not the cell phones and such like that lead to inertia – no exercise.

    Skills skills and more skills in school too. I remember being taught sewing at primary school; macrame too. My cousins taught me knitting and crochet.

    We really threw out the baby with the bath water. 53+

    That is what the school children need. They need to use their

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  14. Sheron Inniss November 19, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Oh and 1 more thing I want to mention; I teach myself to plait hair and do fancy hair styles on my white dolly with long golden hair. Back then there were no black dollies.

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  15. Jus me November 19, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Why this ijjit always look.like someone just shove a pinapple in she boxy

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    • milli watt November 20, 2017 at 11:02 am

      @ jus lololol

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  16. Everick November 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Who is your editor? This is a poorly written article. The wrong word was used at least twice.

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  17. Charming Forde
    Charming Forde November 19, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    So are we gonna do some exchange programs with some countries, which include a year abroad so that our students will be better prepared at the skills level? Those students coming here will have a better grasp of English and other academic subjects.

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  18. Jus me November 19, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    @Jennifer
    lol
    Our leaders!!??
    You on this lil ole peica ro ck???
    Or
    Mars.
    Get off the same old same old rhetoric.
    This 2017.
    This World got no leaders only owners,of which you ,we, ent one en never shall be.
    Yuh is so far back yuh ent even begin.
    Yuh is owned body n soul
    Dem let yuh say yuh stuff cos it mean nuffin.
    Ent nuh black nuh white, dem.does only see.”stocks”
    Leaders,Oh, Jesus!!!
    Dem.does.put in wha dem.want,

    Yuh girl ent real.

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  19. Clive Walrond
    Clive Walrond November 19, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Yes we are

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  20. Jus me November 19, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Cryptic Clive!!??
    lol
    Enlarge on the theme por favor!?

    Reply
  21. Arethia Goodman
    Arethia Goodman November 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Its just a trick to thief the blackier than black , jet black hard earn working money. Yes we are aware of you .

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  22. Bajan Patriot November 19, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    How could barbados have any well educated people when most went to. “SECONDARY SCHOOLS” The name alone said’s it all that Barbadians education is “SECONDARY” to a HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION. No one in barbados want to change anything because they want bajans to remain stupid and uneducated. That’s why smart bajans gain there edcation ele were. I now await the bajans SECONDARY School critics.yes those same ones that never graduated. Them just age out and get kick out.

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    • Jennifer November 19, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      yep, well said. The words says a lot but we too educated to think. All this set up is to keep a two sided coin going in this here BIM/Plantation. Haves and have nots. And you middle lot, you in the have not boat too. One set working for the other set, so no real change can occur. And these politicians are the sole upholders of this lopsidedness and keep/lock down of this people. Mind you most “educated” people in Barbados don’t see a problem, so them automatically become a rock in the education road.

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  23. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes November 19, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    So it had to take sending people to Abu Dhabi for them to realise that? Starting with the 11 plus exam we have a system that is sick and needs attention. It caters only to a certain set of people, every body cannot be a Lawyer or Doctor, they too need the services of the carpenter or the plumber. If just over 30% of 5th formers are able to get 4 or more passes at CXC, what is that telling you? All the lot of long talk is doing nothing, It’s more than 20 yrs that I have been saying this but who is going to listen to me. I have no degrees or letters before or after my name. Thing is how come those who have can’t see or realise that something is wrong? I will not hold my breath for it to change, there is an established system that no body wants to touch. The more things change the more they remain the same.

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  24. Tamina Darkies
    Tamina Darkies November 19, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    That aint all we below in when it comes to world stantards

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  25. Mark Rosmar November 19, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Continue being hoodwinked and reacting like Pavlovian dogs to the English speaking First World and it will only get worse.

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  26. luther thorne November 19, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    “……..that supports academic above the technical skills,” Eastmond said.

    “These countries like Korea have invested heavily in their TVET systems and the fact is that when people leave school they can leave school with a technical diploma equivalent to what the polyclinic”

    The polyclinic ?????
    Ha !

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  27. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson November 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Trust the media to put a spin on what was actually said. SMH

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  28. Lee November 19, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Give us a break; we have been fed the notion that we can “punch above our weight”, so we don’t really have to make any effort. Just look at our youth’s language and communication skills to illustrate how deficient we are !!

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  29. Belfast November 19, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Barbadians have always look down on the technical person. It comes as no shock that we are now below world skill standard, as government after government skimp on funds to support technical training. We had an office of the world-renowned and respected City and Guild of London Institue located in Belleville, and they apparently pulled out, and from what I read, were reluctant to issue that coveted City and Guilds Certificate to successful students in Barbados because the Government of Barbados owed them lots of money.
    I was fortunate to have completed a technical course with the
    Barbados Technical Institue, and later one with one of the premier technical training establishments in the UK and the Commonwealth. By comparison the training I received in Barbados was of a very high standard.World Class.

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  30. Morexa Martin-Gardiner
    Morexa Martin-Gardiner November 19, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    No surprise here

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  31. Big man November 19, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Barbados also now below standard in Morals and common sense anything goes

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  32. Helen Charles Knighton
    Helen Charles Knighton November 20, 2017 at 12:15 am

    We do not teach people to think for themselves we teach people to follow fools!

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  33. Helen Charles Knighton November 20, 2017 at 1:22 am

    This must come as a shock to the MOST EDUCATED island in the WORLD!

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  34. harry turnover November 20, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Sounds like she wants to blame the BLP for that one too.

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  35. Maureen Sho
    Maureen Sho November 20, 2017 at 6:57 am

    What is standard. We are on par with the drugs. Killing. Gun smuggling.Homosexuality. Inflation. Low standard of education.poor healthcare. Homelessness. High taxation. Pollution. I say we are right up there with the big one.toe to toe actually

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    • Jennifer November 20, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Interesting – Why do you think that is????????

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  36. Tony Tone
    Tony Tone November 20, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Wunna just discovered that Tennyson Joseph

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  37. Tony Tone
    Tony Tone November 20, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Tennyson Joseph

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  38. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier November 20, 2017 at 10:03 am

    They’re also behind in governance also apparently

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  39. Helicopter(8P) November 20, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Point take Esther!

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  40. Big man November 20, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Plenty youths can’t fill out an application form, don’t know what DOB means
    only interested in drugs, sex and robbing braking into people’s home
    The future looks bleak

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  41. Big man November 20, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Plenty youths can’t fill out an application form, don’t know what DOB means
    only interested in drugs, sex, robbing, breaking and entering
    people’s home
    The future looks bleak

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  42. Ossie Moore November 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Belfast says :

    ” Barbadians have always look down on the technical person. It comes as no shock that we are now below world skill standard, as government after government skimp on funds to support technical training ”

    Ossie Moore : I agree with you Belfast . I was taught by the “old folks ” years ago ( including educators ) when I was going to school in Barbados that success was :

    (1) Going to and getting free education at Harrisons College , Combermere , Lodge , Alleyne school , Colridege and Parry , Queens College , Alexandria and getting 5 GCE’s at O level and 3 GCE’s at A level.

    If you were ” not educated or lucky enough ” to “pass” for one of those schools then you went and paid for your education at the Modern , Federal . Washington , Parkinson , Wakefield High Schools etc, ( all owned by Politicians ) or the Barbados academy owned by white racist man Rudder ( who used to insult the black students )

    (2) With those GCE”S in hand you were now able to get a job in the Post office , Barclays Bank , Nova Scotia Bank , Royal Bank of Canada , or any Government office in B’dos.

    With one of those jobs you were considered to be a ” bright ” boy or girl and you were deemed ” successful ” . . . .which proved to be false.

    Technical trades such as electrician , plummer , mason , carpenter , mechanic were all looked down upon as being only for the ” uneducated ” person , because Barbados back then and up to this very day still pushes academics as the way to success. Barbados also never did and again still does not give the young students a good education in foreign languages and music.

    I did not get any GCE’s after going to Modern High School and was doomed a complete failure by my family members , it was only after arriving in New York getting my GED and going to a technical college that I realize that Barbados had it all wrong about what success is all about. I also continued my education by learning foreign languages and music.

    I am now a professional at what I do and B’dos would have to pay me 3 times the amount of money for my services than they would pay the same person with the same occupation who has the 8 GCE / CXC certificates.

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    • Jennifer November 20, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      Ossie – I can see where you are coming from and Belfast. But to add insult to injury we got people who cannot even think CRITICAL. This critical thinking I speak of have nothing to do with book critical but surrounding/world critical. And even if you try to think critical it is your own people you have to watch out for, not anyone else because they do not matter – (at least not to me). Your people will become your whipping boy. The ability to think critical and get support is what also have this people in those many ruts.

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  43. Jennifer November 20, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    The problem is that here in BIM we got a motto PRIDE and INDUSTRY, Our “heads” have both allowed suppression (little growth) and ultimate give away of the industry and kept the pride, hence the Academia push which usually result in a lot of snotty, look down people on the said skills people. We got a doctor will not marry a carpenter or a lawyer will not marry a Plumber etc. Yet more divide shi^ on top of the already in bred divide shi^. Mind you the industries owners flourishing. And we also need support for the young black entrepreneurs to help them to flourish and not be someone else UNDER-manager etc.

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  44. Ossie Moore November 20, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    This is Ossie Moore , to the folks that I have quoted below , no one said it better then you all did. You should all pat yourselves on the back for being the smart and intelligent ones. And to add my two cents . . . the 11 plus examination is nothing but a bundle of CRAP ! ! ! It’s to much mental strain on young minds at just 11 years old , informing them that success is passing the stupid exam at such a young age.

    Sherlene Phillips : Why are we so reactive…and not proactive?? Can we not think ahead until someone tells us…stupse

    Epaphras D. Williams : They’ll wait next 10 or 20 years for someone from the UK to tell them when to act.

    Shaunie Nurse : Well if the time is spent changing institution names and not the curriculum, what does this fool expect?

    hcalndre : Keep putting out 50 attorneys every year and political analysts and forget that technology is the way to go. Barbados would always be at the bottom.

    Blon D Mayers Trotman : D whole of Barbados below standard!!!! Smfh

    Sheron Inniss: I mean places we look down on in Africa because of watching fake news are coming up with ingenious law cost methods of taking care of so many problems in their homeland.

    Bonita Weekes ” So it had to take sending people to Abu Dhabi for them to realise that ? Starting with the 11 plus exam we have a system that is sick and needs attention.

    Tamina Darkies : That aint all we below in when it comes to world stantards

    Lee : Give us a break; we have been fed the notion that we can “punch above our weight”, so we don’t really have to make any effort. Just look at our youth’s language and communication skills to illustrate how deficient we are !!

    Belfast : Barbadians have always look down on the technical person. It comes as no shock that we are now below world skill standard, as government after government skimp on funds to support technical training.

    Morexa Martin-Gardiner : No surprise here

    Helen Charles Knighton : We do not teach people to think for themselves we teach people to follow fools!

    Helen Charles Knighton : This must come as a shock to the MOST EDUCATED island in the WORLD!

    Maureen Sho : What is standard. We are on par with the drugs. Killing. Gun smuggling.Homosexuality. Inflation. Low standard of education.poor healthcare. Homelessness. High taxation. Pollution. I say we are right up there with the big one.toe to toe actually

    Big man : Plenty youths can’t fill out an application form, don’t know what DOB means
    only interested in drugs, sex, robbing, breaking and entering
    people’s home
    The future looks bleak

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  45. Ossie Moore November 20, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    HI Lady J ! put yourself on the intelligent people’s list also with your comment;

    Jennifer : Jennifer The problem is that here in BIM we got a motto PRIDE and INDUSTRY, Our “heads” have both allowed suppression (little growth) and ultimate give away of the industry and kept the pride, hence the Academia push which usually result in a lot of snotty, look down people on the said skills people. We got a doctor will not marry a carpenter or a lawyer will not marry a Plumber etc. Yet more divide shi^ on top of the already in bred divide shi^. Mind you the industries owners flourishing. And we also need support for the young black entrepreneurs to help them to flourish and not be someone else UNDER-manager etc.

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  46. Helicopter(8P) November 20, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    The Ossie Moore that has insult for the late principal of the Barbados Acadamy has no inclination as to how that institution had been run. The Head master Mr. Best was the one person who recomended students to see the principal Mr W.D.Rudder who was a person of color and had no preferance in chastising either white, black or indian students, Barbadian , Venezulan, Trinidadian or Guyanese. Thank You!

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  47. Ossie Moore November 20, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    It that is true . . . . . stand corrected Sir .

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  48. Ossie Moore November 20, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    It that is true . . . . . I do stand corrected Sir .

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  49. just observing November 20, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    I spent my working life in the system and had been and will still advocate for much more emphasis in developing skills in our students. If you are not academic the system ignores you basically. Many of the young men are on the blocks because they know that they are more capable in the area of skills and use of hands in craft, music, art ,technology and other trades but were never exposed to or given the opportunity to find their niche. They were fed a diet of French and Spanish and can’t master English language, history , biology and the works and turned out of school when frustration was replaced by bad behaviour at age 16. System needed to be overhauled decades ago but no, we only honouring acadamia year after year. Country reaping what it sowed !

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