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Overhaul MINISTER OF EDUCATION Ronald Jones (FP)

By MARIA BRADSHAW | Sun, November 04, 2012 - 12:10 AM

MINISTER OF EDUCATION Ronald Jones says there will be sweeping changes throughout the education system led by the implementation of the recommendations of The Alexandra Commission Report.

Without divulging the details of the much anticipated report, Jones, who was criticised in some quarters for not acting expeditiously on the problems at the St Peter school, said the recommendations would have implications for the overall management of the education system.

“The laissez faire approach to the management, the governance, the overall control of education will disappear. There will be an even more firm, more rigid [approach],” he told the SUNDAY SUN yesterday.

This followed the announcement by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart that  the report would be laid in Parliament either this Tuesday or the next.

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Posted by stephen nicholls 1 year, 11 months ago
"Quack, quack, quack!" Bluster, bluster, bluster. Limp, limp, limp. Eager Mr Jones, your "head should roll" for, to a very large extent, enabling and facilitating, by your glaring inertia, the rampage of Jeff Broomes. The chickens have come home to roost, and it's not pretty. Your effete mishandling of the Alexandra issue emboldened Uncle Jeff. The Ministry, under your watch, has been revealed to be a place of ineptitude, spinelessness, ignorance, croneyism.... Mr. Jones, to put it mildly, you have been a terrible disappointment as a Minister of Education; much of the blame for the shambolic state of the management of the education system lies squarely with you. The honourable thing would have been to resign long, long time ago...and there is still time to do the HONOURABLE thing...

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 11 months ago
Why did this take all this time and money, jones had done a terrible job..the people of barbados should fire him... the DLP, SHOULD ABANDON HIM...HE IS DEAD WEIGHT

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Posted by Godfrey Bynoe 1 year, 11 months ago
Mr Jones, weren't you the one on whose watch this whole sorry mess unravelled? Mr Jones, wasn't it you who since April 2011 had the report of the Institutional Inspection on Alexandra School? Tell the people of Barbados, Mr Jones, are the recommendations of the $600,000 Waterman Commission radically different from what that 2011 Report indicated and what you were informed of by the Alexandra teachers even before that?

Wayne Husbands, you are so correct...Mr Jones has bungled this one badly. Yet, he is now huffing and puffing - with characteristically empty bravado - about overhauls. Are we now to endorse him as the one to do this most important job? What creditability does he really have? Who in the education sector can really respect his record of dismal ineptitude?

I won't comment on whether or not he is "dead weight" politically, but one commentator surmised that Mr Jones was the poorest Education Minister we've ever been saddled with...can't say I disagree. He should be removed from his present position which is clearly beyond him.

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Posted by Carlton Irish 1 year, 11 months ago
Mr Jones has at one time or another sworn to "kick down doors"; told principals that the schools weren't theirs and to stuff that in their pipes and smoke it; even pointed out that there are schoolchildren in Barbados who are possessed by demons. Now after his very costly mishandling of the Alexandra issue, he is promising overhauls and "sweeping (did he use that word purposely?) changes" in the education system. These are urgently needed to be sure, but Mr Jones, you have proven that you are not the man for the job.

If you were not the Minister of such a vital Ministry, we could easily dismiss you with a good laugh, but Education is much too important to make the mock-sport you have made of it.

For the love of country and decency, step aside and let real reform begin.

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 11 months ago
its so condescending for a politician and the press to think that readers are so illiterate not to realize their actions and motives, and when their schemes are revealed and revoked, HERE HE IS TALKING BOUT OVERHAUL, the overhaul should start from the top down

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Posted by RANDY BRIDGEMAN 1 year, 11 months ago
The Honorable Minister makes an incredible, astounding self-indicting statement when he said: "The laissez faire (i.e,"hands-off") approach to the management, the governance, the overall control of education will disappear." Is he admitting that his ministry has ruled over our education system via absentee management? Sounds so to me. Too little too late, though.

The Minister has just been inept at discharging his duties and responsibilities and to echo my Combermere brother Wayne Husbands, ought to be shown the exit door forthwith.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 11 months ago
I wholeheartedly concur with the sentiments expressed by Messers Nicholls, Husbands and Bynoe. To add, I could never see Mr Jones acting independently or effectively in that Ministry after his stint in teaching and the union. For the last time I will say: IT WAS A BAD CHOICE. It seems like it takes a lot of backbone (which is lacking) in Barbados to do the proper thing. Now in these hard economic times we had to spend money that could have met a million other necessary needs. If Barbados were to ever adapt the governmental system of some other countries, politicians would think twice about incompetence or laissez fair attitudes, especially when it comes to taxpayers money. (Mr Jones might have found himself digging into his pockets, approaching the bank, or looking for a job long ago).

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Posted by daneale o'neale 1 year, 11 months ago
Ya all should really shut up and stop blaming Mr Jones this started way back in 2002 less you all did it not solved before now,bajans always start at the end not the beginning,put the blame where it really belongs

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