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Our Jeff! Jeff Broomes

By YVETTE BEST | Sun, November 25, 2012 - 12:12 AM

A TEAM JEFF faction is reportedly making its presence felt at The Alexandra School.

Apparently not happy with the Frederick Waterman Report recommending that embattled principal Jeff Broomes be separated from the school, students have taken matters into their own hands. Reports indicate that pockets of rebellion surfaced on Wednesday when the findings and recommendations were published in the Press, and escalated on Thursday.

Students, who spoke to the SUNDAY SUN, said markers, spray paint and chalk were used to write the words Team Jeff on boards in classrooms, on walls and different surfaces on the school compound, and on posters.

They also said placards reading Amaida Greaves Must Go, Ms Forde Must Go, and others bearing the names of the teachers who were involved in the strikes are being carried.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 9 months ago
SOLE COMMISSIONER Justice Frederick Waterman GOT IT TERRIBLY WRONG, perhaps the CHILDREN WILL LEAD THEM.
GOOD LUCK

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Posted by James Sealy 1 year, 9 months ago
This is vandalism. I am watching to see how Broomes handles this.

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Posted by Mr Psychotic 1 year, 9 months ago
I knew it was coming to this. Action should have been taken swiftly and decisively (not that I necessarily agree with the action, but whatever it is to be, it has taken too long). This protracted situation will have a bitter end for all except Ms. Redman and her relentless team.

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Posted by Rod mann 1 year, 9 months ago
The children are people too and of course they too should have gotten a say in the matter.....

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Posted by Rico Cave 1 year, 9 months ago
am glad because in all of that NOT ONE child from the school was asked their opinion about broomes..........if they decide to do a protest i would gladly join it.

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Posted by Cherry johnson 1 year, 9 months ago
As a present student of the alexandra school understand why my fellow collegues have reacted this way. i myself knew alot about this while i may not have actively taken part we the 4th formers were actively responsible for what went on. mr. broomes is like a father to us and i would not want for him to leave and has been made clear (probably in the wrong) we all would like our 'uncle jeff' to stay.

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Posted by Marva Chase 1 year, 9 months ago
When faced with a decision as to which parent should be awarded full custody of a child, a judge would often sit with the child in the privacy of his/her chambers and have a talk with the child. After asking a series of questions including asking the child which parent he/she would like to live with, the judge would then make the decision. I believe the same method should have been applied in the case of the Alexandra school fiasco. The children should have been asked for their opinion and should have been allowed to make the decision.... instead, the children were totally ignored.
Taking into consideration that the teachers were fighting among themselves, the Ministry of Education should have stepped in before things got out of hand. The next step.... the students should have been consulted, but instead precious time and thousands of dollars were wasted on an inquiry which proved to be worthless in the end.
The students are wrong to handle things this way and we may call it vandalism, but I believe that they want to be heard and are doing it out of frustration, and when all is said and done, the students are the ones who suffered and maybe are still suffering.
Seems to me like the bull was taken by the tail instead of being taken by the horns in this case and things are now going from bad to worse.

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Posted by Col Cam 1 year, 9 months ago
Children could have been set up. Who wants the principal who high five and pitch marble with them to leave? Please give me a break. The recommendations are good. He is not asked to leave his home, it's school. As the Minister of Education said sometimes ago, the schools does belong to the principals. Why he can' t leave? Children come and go each year...so what?

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 9 months ago
fire the man....

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Posted by David Brathwaite 1 year, 9 months ago
I have grave problems with the immature comments of people who would say they are glad this is happening.

The Commission of Enquiry was a bad idea as I have said from day one. It allowed the school's dirty linen to be aired in public and therefore there will be no winners.

The students may love their"Uncle Jeff", but he is not their uncle.

Whatever decision is taken, the children will suffer some more because of the bad behaviour of the adults (including Uncle Jeff and people on all sides).

I sincerely hope that this dangerous situation does not spill over into something much more ugly and tragic.

The current administration, including the Ministry of Education, the Minister of Education, the Prime Minister and the Chief Personnel Officer, have to take the lion share of the blame for this debacle.

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Posted by hyacinth benskin saroop 1 year, 9 months ago
If the students had gone to the ministry and state they case, will they, or any one in authority pay attention to any thing they have to say, you think? Some adults brush children aside think they too young, little do they know these children can teach then a thing or two, They are the future.
And if those teacher remained there, and Mr Broomes go, will they want to teach the children? one teacher didn't teach for some month and was paid, who is to say it wont happen again, I find some thing very fishy about the whole thing, just saying

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Posted by nesta marley 1 year, 9 months ago
Leggo broomes and leh he tek he buddy ronnie jones wid him. we need leadership.not rulership. massa days are passe, raise de minimum wage,

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 9 months ago
I don't believe that educated people would be encouraging this nonsense that the school children...CHILDREN...STUDENTS... should have had a voice in this enquiry. We are dealing with administrative and legal issues, leadership roles and attitudes and it's effect on the school. Haven't the children been manipulated, hurt and robbed of their education enough? We are not dealing student programmes in which they can be entitled to say. Small wonder that they are now vandalising the school. They will soon be flogging the teachers. What opinion? What do we expect them to reveal?Please leave the students out of this. We are supposed to be educated, remember?

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 9 months ago
@Pan Wallie!!!you seem to have a BACKWARD view of TODAYS MODERN SOCiETIES, In the Jurisdiction that i am in they are such things as Student Councils and they occupy a representative seat on the the SCHOOL BOARD, with VOTING POWER, you may not know it, but if this was practised in Barbados MAYBE this EPISODE might not be where it is TODAY. it also gives the Students (4th to 6th Form) an insight into how things are done, which augers well for when they are in the job market. (Kill 2 Birds with one stone) THINK ABOUT IT, MAYBE EVEN SUGGEST IT TO THE MINISTER

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Posted by nesta marley 1 year, 9 months ago
@david waterman. i am not sure which jurisdiction you are in, but my question to you is, having taking all the evidence in this matter and without predjudice, 1. would you classify mr.broomes style as leadership or rulership?2. would you as a parent allow someone to cut your child's hair without your permission?3.if you were on the board as a parent, would you support the comments of principal against staff in a public arena? there are many more questions i can pose,however i dare you to be honest with yourself, because if you are not honest with you,how can you be honest with us. the best thing that can happen here is what shouldv'e happened long ago. broomes be transfered after being retrained in "EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP" or take an alternate position maybe in private sector. even though i don't think he will last very long.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 9 months ago
Thank you for your opinion of me and my opinion Tony. You are entitled to that.

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Posted by nesta marley 1 year, 8 months ago
saw this coming, see my previous post. Too bad that it cost us poor people $600.000. broomes should be grateful he still has a job.

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