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‘Teachers could become victims of low birth rate’

‘Teachers could become victims of low birth rate’

Minister of Education Ronald Jones is warning that some teachers could lose their jobs if the country’s declining birthrate is not reversed. And he told Barbados TODAY that primary schools were likely to be the worst affected. The minister explained that with fewer students being enrolled in schools, some educational institutions may have to be […]

Decline in CXC numbers

Decline in CXC numbers

The Barbados-based Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) is reporting a decline in the number of candidates who registered for major exams in the 2016-2017 academic year. Delivering the assessment at the CXC’s headquarters this morning, Director of Operations Stephen Savoury announced there was a one to two per cent drop in the number of entries in […]

Bad medicine

Bad medicine

Mere months after it accepted the first batch of students in April this year, the Washington University of Barbados School of Medicine (WUB) is facing questions about its legitimacy, as 15 of the 80 foreign students have indicated a desire to leave. This follows the circulation of a letter sent to the media earlier this […]

No SBA boycott to speak of, says Jones

No SBA boycott to speak of, says Jones

Minister of Education Ronald Jones has suggested that “only one per cent” of teachers answered the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union’s (BSTU) call not to mark this year’s Caribbean Examination Council (CXC)-administered school based assessment (SBA) projects. The BSTU has been contending that correcting the SBAs was not part of teachers’ job description and therefore they […]

Cell phone ban was a ‘mistake’, says Jones

Cell phone ban was a ‘mistake’, says Jones

Minister of Education Ronald Jones says his 2009 decision to ban cell phones in schools was a “mistake”. “In Barbados, sometimes out of fear, we are caught up in discussions over whether we should have mobile phones in schools, and I admit banning the use of technology was a mistake I made. “In all honesty, […]

SPISE making robotics push

SPISE making robotics push

With the aim of creating the next Mark Zuckerberg or Larry Page, the Student Programme for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) kicked off last Saturday at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus. The 2017 SPISE cohort consists of 24 secondary school students from 13 Caribbean countries. They will be immersed in […]

HC graduates told future for the taking

HC graduates told future for the taking

One hundred and sixty-four students closed the final chapter of their secondary school life as they graduated from Harrison College on Saturday. And they were advised to grasp the many possibilities that would be available to them to make their mark. The advice came from Gillian Alleyne, the first female general secretary of the Caribbean Congress […]

Aim for gold

Aim for gold

Students graduating from the St Bartholomew Primary School have been encouraged to stay away from negative influences and to be leaders, as they continue their education at the secondary level. The advice came from principal Hyacinth Harris as she addressed the 20 students at their graduation. She said while there has been much talk about […]

Alma Parris parents reject Comissiong’s legal advice

Alma Parris parents reject Comissiong’s legal advice

They may have a legal leg on which to stand, but parents of displaced Alma Parris students today appeared reluctant to take attorney-at-law David Comissiong’s advice on how they should respond to the school’s sudden closure. Following the recent announcement, Comissiong stated over the weekend that “it is totally ridiculous and unacceptable that in 21st […]

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