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Army won’t lower mark

Army won’t lower mark Colonel Alvin Quintyne. (FP)

By Mike King | Sat, November 24, 2012 - 12:06 AM

This country's military commander is not happy with the quality of the applicants seeking to enlist in the Barbados Defence Force.

Colonel Alvin Quintyne told the SATURDAY SUN that many of those desirous of wearing army clothing were not academically up to scratch.

“We have a situation where several individuals who are seeking to join the force do not even have one CXC [Caribbean Examinations Council certificate],” he pointed out.

“In such circumstances where we require applicants to have maths and English, we then will do an internal examination, which is not pitched much higher than the Common Entrance and even in such cases, we have individuals who are not meeting the standard.

“From that standpoint, we are having some challenges in that respect.”

Quintyne made it clear that the Defence Force’s standards would not be compromised and only the best personnel would be chosen.

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Posted by Francis Blackman 1 year, 11 months ago
One of the first things that I learned about Barbados was its literacy rate. The challenges outlined by Colonel Quintyne suggests that literacy rates have little to do with employability in our Armed Forces. Many things could also have changed. I recall the last Chief Justice commenting on the poor grammar to be found in much of the writing that appeared before him. He was speaking about documents signed by law school graduates. Colonel Quintyne's issue may probably be found way beyond his area of charge. He is to be complimented on his openness and while he manages by choosing the best we need to improve the lot from which he must select. It would also be wonderful to hear from the educational authorities whose opinions do not often need to be squeezed out of them.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 11 months ago
HOLD to your high standards, Sir!
Even though suitable applicants may be few and far between.

The last thing we need is a BDF with standards like the local police.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 11 months ago
Is anybody surprised? That is the fall out from the education system we have. It couldn't be any clearer with what was experienced here lately and when we have a Minister who would not even make common decisions. Progress seems to be moving at a backward pace nowadays and sometimes, it becomes necessary work with what you have. You might have to wean along some of those who are genuinely interested, but do carefully scope out and eliminate the trigger happy ones.

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Posted by Rugrat Sandy 1 year, 10 months ago
I wonder how much Bim Bum knows about the vetting system of our security forces and what does it comprise of because it seems like he/she has a grudge against "local police"

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Posted by D. Stoute 1 year, 10 months ago
This is very sad. I have noticed that too many Bajans, while seemingly literate, do not have a good grasp of basic English grammar. As an example, I have seen many instances where writers do not seem to know when to use "their", "there", "they're" and "they" in sentence construction.

Perhaps the below-standard quality of the potential recruits should give everyone pause to examine the education system to see what's going on. Every child leaving school should know how to construct a grammatically correct sentence and speak standard English.

Also, why does it seem that women in Barbados are more desirous of a higher education than men?

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