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Commissioner: Move Broomes

Commissioner: Move Broomes

By Barry Alleyne | Tue, November 20, 2012 - 5:04 PM

It’s official now.

A recommendation has been made by Commissioner Frederick Waterman to have embattled principal of the Alexandra School, Jeff Broomes separated from the St Peter facility.

That was the highlight of the Commissioner’s 15 recommendations required to bring back harmony to the school which were made public  earlier today, when the official 111-page report was laid in the House of Assembly.

Along with recommending that Broomes be separated, as has been requested by the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union because of his management style, Commissioner Waterman also recommended that deputy principal of the school Beverly Neblett-Lashley be transferred to a similar post at another school.

The laying of the report today ended a whirlwind 11 months for the school, which had started last January 20, when BSTU members withdrew their services, noting that Broomes’ decision to publicly criticize a colleague had been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

In addition to recommending that Broomes be either compulsorily retired or moved to another section of the public service, the Commissioner recommended that the Education Regulations and the Public Service’s Code of Conduct be appropriately amended to ensure that any public criticism of teachers of their work by a principal, be expressly forbidden by law.

It was Broomes’ public criticism of senior science teacher Amaida Greaves during last year’s Speech Day that drew the ire of the BSTU. Broomes had told parents that Greaves had not taught a chemistry class for almost an entire school term. Waterman noted that Greaves should also be given a written reprimand by the ministry for not carrying out a legal instruction from her supervisor, but because of her position of public officer, the issue of her not teaching is a matter for investigation and determination by the Public Service Commission.

The Commissioner also recommended that the Ministry of Education should take steps to terminate the appointment of the principal’s cousin Roger Broomes. The retired judge noted that the part-time physical education teacher was unfit to be employed in a school environment.

In his findings, Waterman was also extremely critical of elements within the Ministry of Education in how they dealt with the Alexandra impasse. He bemoaned the fact that the ministry was yet to act on recommendations of an inspection report done on Alexandra before this year’s industrial action by the BSTU.

Commissioner Waterman also recommended that consideration be given to the strategic re-organization of the ministry and the refocusing of its staff with the aim of ensuring it operates proactively, and is more responsive to issues faced by boards of management of secondary schools in Barbados.

The Commissioner recommended that ministry staff be also trained in alternative dispute resolution.

Another recommendation was that teachers Vernell Woods and Abena Williams, who publicly supported Broomes during the commission of inquiry, but were called ‘yes people’ by BSTU president Mary-Anne Redman, be transferred to other schools in a convenient time. (BA)

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Posted by Leonard B 1 year, 11 months ago
In other words, the Commishioner took the easy road .... Did we really have to pay that large sum of money for this conculsion? Did the Commissioner find absolutely nothing wrong with the actions of a teacher who refused to teach? What a joke? What a waste of time and taxpayers' money. I am embarrassed. LB.

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Posted by En Dee 1 year, 11 months ago
I am not surprised. We, the people of Barbados lose, once again. This report could well have been written by the union leader and her frosty advisor and we could have saved a large sum of wasted money. No wonder that she was "jumping for joy" weeks ago. She obviously knew every word of the recommendations. This will set a precedent that we will all regret. And, make no mistake about it, many more truant and disobedient teachers will surface out of the woodwork. Barbados and its' students will suffer. This report exemplifies "the path of least resistance". The author could have been 12 years old. A major catastrophy. Let the author get back to his retirement and have another nap. He badly needs it. Nigel D.

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 11 months ago
to leonard b. and en.dee, dont be a sore losers.... if both of you were openminded, you would have seen the character and style of the ex. principal. and you would have seen the strength that is necessary to be a union leader, it may be beyond your reaches to see a woman in such a position of power, stick around, soon we will have a female president of the united states, its not in the gender, its in the "PRINCIPLE & CHARACTER "

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Posted by Carlton Irish 1 year, 11 months ago
Leonard B has obviously failed to read the report. He is still stuck on Mr Jeff Broomes' allegation of a teacher not teaching for an entire allegation that "has been found to be inaccurate"! Leonard B and those of his mindset, will refuse to accept this because it does not fit in with his preconceived, pre-judged version that they willingly swallowed from the trough of Jeff Broomes and his Propaganda Machine.

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Posted by Kenneth King 1 year, 11 months ago
It leaves me to wonder what power does a Principal has if he cannot air his views on a teacher who if I may add, are paid with the hard earned taxpayers money. I've seen school children sent home for having half of an inch less of the required length but a teacher stayed home a whole Term from her duties to educate. I am not saying a teacher cannot be ill and maybe not being able to do her duty but in this case it was refusing to be in the same building with the principal, disregarding the importance of an education to the students who depended on her. This whole case has left an ugly picture in my mind on the wrong path our country is heading wasting tax payers money with bias commissioners who have not used this case as an example to the authorities, meaning the Board of Education to play a more serious role in conflicts of our school system when getting out of hand. They waited until these matters reached boiling point where parties were already on the war zone.

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Posted by CARL HUSBANDS 1 year, 11 months ago
@Leonard B and En Dee: Boy wunna absolutely right pun dis one! The only recommendation that is missing was that the students who publicly supported Mr. Broomes be transferred to another school.

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Posted by hyacinth benskin saroop 1 year, 11 months ago
Every dog does has its day. I hope they ALL sleep well at night.

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 11 months ago
its a disgrace, how one could say the people of barbados lose.@leonard b and enn dee, just because your horse didn't win the race it doesn't mean you shouldn't give praise to the winner. i agree that this should be less costly and there was no need for a commission to reveal what any fair and openminded person would agree.THE FINDINGS OF THE COMMISSION ARE ACCURATE AND WAS EVIDENCED A LONG TIME BEFORE .the honourable thing was to do then,and to do now ,would be to concede and let the GOVERNING BODY AGREE AND COMPLY WITH THE FINDINGS AND RECCOMENDATIONS OF THE COMMISSION take the action that all parties agreed upon in good faith. ps.the commission reprimanded the teacher,even though the statement that she did not teach for a whole term was never proven.also she was jumping for joy because the findings were published long ago in 'Barbados Today'. the nation did not publish them at that time,simply because they did not satisfy their agenda.i hope you see how getting your news from a single source can affect and limit your opinion

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