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PM’s Alexandra report this week

PM’s Alexandra report this week Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (Fp)

Sun, October 28, 2012 - 12:09 AM

PRIME MINISTER Freundel Stuart has promised to issue a statement on The Alexandra School this week.

This follows a two-month probe of developments at the school and the handing over of the commission of inquiry’s report to Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave last September 21.

It was also reported in the past week that the document was in Stuart’s hands.

The commission, headed by retired Justice of Appeal Frederick Waterman, was set up by Stuart to find a resolution to a dispute between the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) and the school’s principal Jeff Broomes over the latter’s leadership style.  (JS) 

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Posted by stephen nicholls 1 year, 9 months ago
Finally! I'll take the PM at his word and stay closely tuned for this promised "final outcome". It's about time too. This issue has been allowed to drag on for far, far too long. I am eager to see just exactly how the PM has arrived at a "conclusion that will satisfy all the parties involved". As for "pain" – well, the teachers are all too aware of pain...they continue to experience this every day this megalomaniac of a principal is allowed to remain in office behaving as he always has and always will...and, up to this point, with absolute impunity. Will his unfounded allegation - which he and his legal eagles failed miserably to substantiate during the Commission - be allowed to persist without redress? Will such boorish behaviour by a principal be countenanced and tacitly approved by his employer? Will his inveterate mendacity be endorsed by his apologists? Will the pathetic ineptitude (or was it deliberate inertia?) of the Education Minister be excused? I am hoping for a resolution that enables the environment most conducive to effective teaching and, thus, most effective learning to be fostered at the school. Such an environment is simply not possible under the regime of the grand illusionist, Mr Jeff Broomes – the reality is that he is unready, unwilling and utterly unable to conduct himself in the demanded manner and to adopt the appropriate management practices that will bring such into existence – if nothing else, that is ONE thing that was proven beyond the shadow of a doubt at the Commission. I await with bated breath, Mr PM. Do not allow the Broomes' propaganda machinery to compromise the proper management of our schools.

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Posted by stephen nicholls 1 year, 9 months ago
Finally! I'll take the PM at his word and stay closely tuned for this promised "final outcome". It's about time too. This issue has been allowed to drag on for far, far too long. I am eager to see just exactly how the PM has arrived at a "conclusion that will satisfy all the parties involved". As for "pain" – well, the teachers are all too aware of pain...they continue to experience this every day this principal is allowed to remain in office behaving as he always has and always will...and, up to this point, with absolute impunity. Will his unfounded allegation - which he and his legal eagles failed miserably to substantiate during the Commission - be allowed to persist without redress? Will such boorish behaviour by a principal be countenanced and tacitly approved by his employer? I am hoping for a resolution that enables the environment most conducive to effective teaching and, thus, most effective learning to be fostered at the school. Such an environment is simply not possible under the regime of the Grand Illusionst, Mr Jeff Broomes – he is unready, unwilling and utterly unable to conduct himself in the demanded manner and to adopt the appropriate management practices that will bring such into existence – if nothing else, that is ONE thing that was proven beyond the shadow of a doubt at the Commission. I await with bated breath, Mr PM.

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Posted by Caius Kent 1 year, 9 months ago
It's about time that we have a resolution of this matter that has convulsed the Alexandra School, the entire educational system and beyond for much too long. I really hope that the issues raised by Mr Nicholls in the above comment are addressed in PM Stuart's promised statement later this week. I pray that the reputation of Mrs Greaves can be finally reclaimed by the unequivocal official repudiation of the principal's dastardly inaccurate statements for the falsehoods they are. The principal's accusations must be disavowed by his employer and Mr Jeff Broomes be made to face the consequences of such reprehensible conduct. It is no exaggeration to say that no worker in Barbados is safe if a superior officer is allowed to spew such inaccuracies in public about their subordinates with impunity. In the Code of Conduct and Ethics for Public Officers it is stated that "Officers shall not deceive or knowingly mislead Ministers, Parliament, Permanent Secretaries or the public."!! [5(c)] Let us not forget that the Government of Barbados has taken it upon itself to be "the Model Employer". There should be ZERO-TOLERANCE for such vile behaviour in any civil society. All the PR/propoganda in the world cannot make Mr Broomes' falsehood the Truth. Like Mr Nicholls and, I'm sure, many others, I am waiting with bated breath. Here lies a golden opportunity for Mr Stuart to do much to improve the management of our education system, generally, and that within our schools, more specifically. I doubt the significance of the moment is lost upon out PM.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 9 months ago
It is time to stop the hemming and hawing. According to this article, the report was submitted just over a month ago. I hope that the goodly Commissioner also took the time to make recommendations pertaining to that ancient Education Act, the same ambiguous piece that has caused this very problem for decades, lest another Principal should rise up tomorrow iwth a similar claim to be immortal, invincible, untouchable, unremovable and God's gift to a specific school. Whether the Commissioner has or has not, I hope that out of this experience, the Ministry of Education, Public Service Administration and the Legal Drafting Committee and Parliament will move swiftly to put this 'redundancy' to rest, once and for all.

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