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Jones fed up with Redman’s ‘rubbish’

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 […]

BSTU threatens to disrupt school start

BSTU threatens to disrupt school start

With just three days to go before the new school year begins, sparks are again flying between the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) and Government  — this time over the termination of a teacher’s employment contract. The matter involving an educator who was assigned to the St Michael School threatens to disrupt the start to […]

Not ready!

Not ready!

The Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) has reacted with disgust to an announcement by Minister of Education Ronald Jones that five schools will not be ready in time for Monday’s opening of the new school year. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of this afternoon’s launch the Mobile Device Management System for primary and […]

Guild steps up to help University students

Guild steps up to help University students

When the new semester begins this month, at least 50 Barbadian students will benefit from financial assistance from the Guild of Students of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, as it makes good on a promise to help struggling students meet tuition costs. Guild President Kai Bridgetwater told Barbados TODAY the decision […]

Ungraded CXC subjects had nothing to do with SBAs

Ungraded CXC subjects had nothing to do with SBAs

Minister of Education Ronald Jones is denying that school-based assessment (SBA) projects that had not been corrected had anything to do with students being ungraded by the Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) in this year’s examinations. A local media report had recently presented Combermere students as being in tears because SBAs from the Caribbean Advanced […]

Good call

Good call

The Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) has welcomed the suspension of Government’s controversial plan to lift a ban on the use of mobile devices, including smartphones, in schools. BSTU President Mary Redman this evening repeated a long-held position that there was little to gain and a lot to lose by allowing students to freely use […]

Crocodile tears

Crocodile tears

Controversial retired principal Jeff Broomes has accused president of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU), Mary Redman of shedding crocodile tears over some students not receiving grades for their School-Based Assessments (SBAs). Following the Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) release of Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results, five schools reported […]

QC’s single sex classes yield interesting results

QC’s single sex classes yield interesting results

An experiment by Queen’s College (QC) to test how single sex classes would perform in a mixed-school environment, should be used as a model by other secondary schools, says Principal Dr David Brown. Back in 2010 the school introduced the concept of single gender classes, experimenting with all-girls, all-boys and a mixed group of students […]

More schools ungraded in CXC blunder, Redman says

More schools ungraded in CXC blunder, Redman says

While the attention was on Combermere School, President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) Mary Redman is charging that students from other schools also had their school-based assessment (SBA) projects ungraded by the Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). A local media report had yesterday presented Combermere students as being in tears because SBAs from […]