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‘Signs of bias’ in school report

‘Signs of bias’ in school report Commissioner Frederick Waterman (File Picture)

By RICKY JORDAN | Sun, November 25, 2012 - 12:08 AM

THE REPORT of the commission of inquiry into the administration of the Alexandra School has left many unanswered questions and seems to place the interest of the children on the back burner, says a document critical of some of its contests.

In an excerpt obtained by the SUNDAY SUN, and which principal Jeff Broomes confirmed yesterday was part of  a 126-page document prepared by him and his legal team, there is the view that Commissioner Frederick Waterman’s report, laid in Parliament last Tuesday, showed “clear signs of bias, misrepresentation, statements and conclusions that do not emanate from the evidence given” at the July-August inquiry.

It also accuses the commissioner of using “assumed evidence from persons who were not exposed to questioning by attorneys, but quoting verbatim the submissions of the deputy principal and Barbados Teachers’ Union (BSTU) members”.  

“One is also left to wonder why there has been no mention of the school’s performance and improvement over the past ten years in areas of academics, discipline, sports, culture, innovation, student opportunities and exposure, and student/staff affirmation,” the document stated.

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 11 months ago
I am pleased that Broomes' legal team has uncovered the inherent bias in the report.

The commissioner's bias was first revealed during the Inquiry when he chided Broomes for pitching marbles with the students.

Waterman arrogantly thought that associating with the kids via such recreational activity was way below that of a principal. He mentioned that Broomes was "up there" while the children were "down there."

How could the commissioner's report contain assumed evidence from persons who were not exposed to questioning during the hearings or point to any aspect of the principal's success or achievements under his leadership?

Based on the lack of balance, limitations and subjective inputs of the commissioner's submission, it has become clearer that the Ministry of Education's report would have been more reliable, confirming that the costly Inquiry was indeed unnecessary.

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Posted by Godfrey Bynoe 1 year, 11 months ago
Carl Harper, couldn't agree with you more. But why wasn't that Report of the Institutional Inspection of the school left on the desk of the Minister of Education since April, 2011? The answer to this $600,000 question may be the crux of this entire matter. Nero fiddled, others merely "jonesed" while the very real problems at the school were ignored in spite of the Ministry being informed of these problems...the "ineffective communication, failed strategies of management and administration" [excerpt from the report of that Institutional Inspection to which you refer]. The Minister's promised "overhaul" of the education system should begin with his resignation or removal.
The principal as the one in charge on the ground, must accept the skipper's/captain's responsibility for the debacle. He should also resign or be removed...forthwith.

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