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Testing time

Testing time

A total of 3,330 students are down to write this year’s Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE) — commonly referred to as either the Common Entrance Examination or the 11-plus — on Tuesday, May 2. The figure comprises 1,680 males and 1,650 females, who are registered to sit the examination at 22 secondary schools across […]

Sinckler: Don’t stress about exam

Sinckler: Don’t stress about exam

Primary school students in the St Michael North West constituency who will sit the Common Entrance Examination next Tuesday, were yesterday advised to do their best but not stress about the test or “get frustrated over school placement”. The words of encouragement to pupils of St Stephen’s Primary, Deacon’s Primary and Eagle Hall Primary came from […]

Teachers must answer to CXC – Sinckler

Teachers must answer to CXC – Sinckler

Instructions to teachers from the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) must be treated as directives from the Ministry of Education, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has said. With the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) insisting that teachers would not mark the CXC’s school-based assessment (SBA) projects unless they are paid, Sinckler all but said Wednesday the teachers […]

Hotel school’s funds ‘drying up’– Principal

Hotel school’s funds ‘drying up’– Principal

The Hospitality Institute of the Barbados Community College (BCC) is running out of money to help students who have been hit hard by the country’s economic challenges. Deputy Principal Dr Cheryl Weekes today revealed that a contingency fund established some years ago was drying up, making it difficult for the hotel training school to assist […]

Call for road safety education in schools

Call for road safety education in schools

Road safety advocate Junior Jordan is calling for a comprehensive road safety educational programme for primary school students. Jordan, a former president of the Barbados Road Safety Association, stressed that in light of the staggering number of road fatalities occurring this year – 14 – an early childhood education programme should be created by Government, […]

Teachers commission must not be ‘election talk’ – BSTU

Teachers commission must not be ‘election talk’ – BSTU

President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) Mary Redman is charging that the promised establishment of the long awaited Teachers Service Commission could be little more than “election talk” by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Speaking at yesterday’s church service at Bethesda Tabernacle in Vauxhall, Christ Church to mark the 62nd anniversary of the establishment […]

Ministry on the ropes

Ministry on the ropes

The Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) is claiming victory in its battle with the Ministry of Education over the suspension of a teacher and environmental problems at St George Secondary School. And BSTU President Mary Redman is attributing the union’s success to its recent March of Respect in the capital to demand action on a […]

Strike off

Strike off

The threat that had been left hanging last week over the start of the new academic term has been lifted, with President of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) Pedro Shepherd saying he expects a “smooth start” tomorrow. “We predict a smooth start to school tomorrow. We haven’t had any complaints or anything, so we […]

Trouble brewing ahead of new school term

Trouble brewing ahead of new school term

The start to the new academic term next week is under threat of being disrupted by industrial action, as both the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) and Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) seem destined for a showdown with the Ministry of Education over the contentious issue of docked pay. The Mary Redman-led BSTU has called […]

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