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Matthew Farley, speaking from his office last Thursday, said the fact he enforced the dress code at Graydon Sealy Secondary should not reflect badly on him. (Picture by Nigel Browne.)

Sun, October 21, 2012 - 12:09 AM

Embattled principal Matthew Farley has delivered a verbal spanking to his Harrison College colleague Winston Crichlow for not siding with him on last week’s suspension of 265 students from the Graydon Sealy Secondary School, which Crichlow termed a distraction.

An upset Farley told the SUNDAY SUN that he found the comments of the immediate past president of the Barbados Association of Principals of Public Schools (BAPPS) particularly offensive since BAPPS had taken a decision as far back as 2009, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, to have a standardized dress code implemented across the school system.

“We agreed that the hemlines would be two inches below the knee, that scarves would be banned, that cellphones would not be in schools . . . . We agreed on them across the board. The ministry was there, and we said this is what we want to happen in all schools,” said Farley, who added that “the fact that I enforce mine should not reflect badly on me”.

Efforts to reach Crichlow yesterday were unsuccessful.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 2 years ago
What I don't understand is why is THIS ARTICLE referring to Principal Farley as "EMBATTLED" ??? Here again is my reason for once calling The Chief Education Officer USELESS, he proved it with Alexandra and is about to do the same thing again by not coming out and , supporting Principal Farley, we now know that hIs Department along with BAAPS had agreed to this Uniform Protocol since 2009, if all this is true, then Principal Farley Has done absolutely nothing wrong and should be having the full support (VERBALLY) of the Chief Education Officer and His Department. WHY IS PRINCIPAL FARLEY BEING CASTIGATED FOR ENFORCING THE RULES?? WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER ALEXANDRA

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Posted by Cheese On 2 years ago
Stand your Ground Farley.
Workplaces have dress codes and we abide by them if we want to keep our job. School also has a dress code & you are right the parents & students should also abide by them. Imagine in 2012 we are still dealing with inappropriate hems, socks and hairstyles. Is the interest in Education or Fashion??

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Posted by Mr Psychotic 2 years ago
Were I Mr. Farley, I would be upset too. Added to that, there are certain school where struggles to maintain discipline and the dress code will be harder; the problems that Mr. Farley will experience will hardly be experienced (in those numbers) at Mr. Crichlow's school anyway.

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Posted by daneale o'neale 2 years ago
We got a lot of double standard and bad apples in the system Mr Farley.

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Posted by Tony Trotman 2 years ago
The purpose of a dress code is to ensure that a uniform is a reasonable or decent length. The purpose of the code can be achieved if the rule stated that the uniform must cover the knees. Such a simple rule could be easily and effectively enforced with the naked eye.

The “two inches rule” (TIR) is a disproportionate and bureaucratic rule. In some cases, the enforcement of TIR will be time consuming - because the teacher will need a measuring tape to determine the length of the uniform. The naked eye cannot determine if a uniform is 2 inches or 1 and 7/8 inches below the knees.

The mere fact that the TIR was agreed by our educators does not automatically mean that it is a proportionate rule. I hope that the rule is reviewed by our educators.

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Posted by Marva Chase 2 years ago
Okay, so the BAPPS & Ministry of Education had taken a decision back in 2009, to have a standardized dress code implemented across the school system, but did they also make a decision regarding the punishment that would be meted out if those codes were infringed upon? I feel Mr. Farley could have been hasty and didn't think twice (or seek any of his colleagues advice) BEFORE giving out those 265 five-day suspensions, (which I still feel were to DRASTIC) and I think it would be difficult to back a colleague if you do not agree with his/her method of punishment.
Mr. Farley must now face the firing-squad alone!

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