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No ‘big issue’

Minister of Education Ronald Jones speaking with the DAILY NATION after a memorial service in honour of Errol Barrow at St Christopher’s Anglican Church yesterday. (Picture by Nigel Browne.)

By Yvette Best | Mon, January 14, 2013 - 12:10 AM

Minister of Education Ronald Jones is defending the need to hire teachers in the wake of the shake-up at the Alexandra School just before the start of the new term.

Close to 40 teachers were transferred from and to Alexandra School, a development which included the removal of then principal Jeff Broomes and his deputy Beveley Neblett-Lashley from the St Peter school.

Even though Jones and Chief Education Officer Laurie King had contended that they had achieved perfect fits with the transfers, The Lodge School and Princess Margaret are looking to hire part-time teachers and there are issues with the inability of the heads of departments who were transferred from Alexandra to teach the same subjects as heads they have replaced at other schools.

Speaking to the DAILY NATION yesterday, Jones said he did not see hiring as a “big issue because of the complexities”.

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Posted by L V 1 year, 9 months ago
This is a great example of the reason for a need to reorganise the Ministry of Education. How can is be no big issue if after spending so much money on the report created, then not follow said recommendations.

They tried to make it seem the teachers and BSTU are mad trying to undermine them when they complained about the transfers, now not the have the mind to say a mistake was made, but it is no big issue.

I think Mr Jones should stay out of the media as he is flexible enough to find many ways to put his foot in his mouth.

YOU MADE MANY MISTAKES, go back to the 600000 report, consult with the BSTU and teachers and try to do it right. There are only more "NO BIG ISSUES" that will turn up and I hope the BSTU keep hi lighting them so the public will see it is not a teacher problem as the Ministry of Education tries to make the public feel.

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Posted by Castro Inniss 1 year, 9 months ago
The Minister's "defense", feeble and misguided as it is, is more of an indictment of the Ministry and its lack of foresight. The page 3 article clearly illustrates that the Primary School orientation (and mentality) of the head honchos at the Ministry renders them totally incapable and inept as it relates and has related to the entire issue. The Minister can offer no sound justification for the transfers on any logical basis, because he cannot publicly admit that it is grounded in victimization and vindictiveness. What about the previous statement of the Chief Education Officer that a thorough study was done of the skill-sets of the teachers and "compatible matches" were made? The Minister's words do seem to conflict with the Chief Ed. Officer's previous assurances! Mr Jones also has absolutely no answer for the unnecessary financial burden that this ill-timed and ill-advised cockamamy scheme will place upon the taxpayers of this country at this time. Quite apart from the absurdity if the Ministry's latest thoughtless campaign of spite, to ask the taxpayers to continually bear the brunt of his bungling is just unacceptable.

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Posted by Lionel James 1 year, 9 months ago
This so called defense is an admission of the complete lack of foresight and basic homework on the part of Mr Jones and his Ministry officials! What he admits now stands in stark contrast to the words of Mf Laurie King, Chief Educ. Off., that the Ministry officials undertook a study of the "comparative skill-sets of the teachers" to ensure "compatibility". I think that officials depend too much on poor memories or the inability of people to critically analyze things outside a politically partisan context. The real vindictive nature of this deviousness has been exposed in all its vulgarity. No decent Barbadian should condone this sordid use of power! Today it's the "other fellow", tomorrow it is you and I!

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Posted by Carlton Irish 1 year, 9 months ago
How foolish does Mr Ronald Jones really think Bajans are? At the height of this transfer lunacy, he comes in the paper saying, "If you were in the primary school, it would be a lot easier..."!!! Is he serious? Mr Jones, what is the value of that truly vapid statement when everyone knows this thing affects secondary schools!! Of what possible relevance is that vacuous observation? Foolishness to the extreme. Admit it, sir! There was no foresight, no sense, no logic applied regarding these willy-mildly transfers!! The Chief Education Officer's Officer's spiel about the skill-sets of teachers being looked so that compatibility was achieved doesn't seem to be very consistent with the reality of the situation as it is unfolding! To again airily dismiss the obvious absurdities of his spiteful scheme as "minor challenges" is an insult to every thinking individual in this country! Shameless man.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 9 months ago
This is going to be a verrrrry close election
and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Bees win
even if they can't do a whole lot better
(under a nicely polished surface).

Frankly, I couldn't care less who wins
it'll be the same ole same ole Barbados!


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Posted by Snow Cone 1 year, 9 months ago
“Minister can offer no sound justification for the transfers on any logical basis, because he cannot publicly admit that it is grounded in victimization and vindictiveness.” according to Castro Inniss but according to Abraham Maslow “If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” Also, according to Epictetus “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”

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