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Head of the Fine Arts Department, Gail Streat-Jules (left), and acting Third Year Head June Greaves walking back to the awards ceremony. Head of food and nutrition, Debra Springer-Bryan (left), and head of foreign languages, Alanda Sandiford, making their way back into the hall. Head of the English Department, Leslie Lett, leaving the upstairs retreat. (Pictures by Ricardo Leacock.)

By Yvette Best | Sat, December 08, 2012 - 12:09 AM

A number of teachers at The Alexandra School walked out of the annual awards ceremony yesterday morning.

In what appears to have been a quiet, orderly protest, the majority of teachers represented by the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) filed out of the school hall as soon as principal Jeff Broomes was introduced to give his report.

They congregated in an upstairs area, returning almost 35 minutes later when Broomes had finished his report.

President of the BSTU, Mary Redman, is maintaining her blackout of THE NATION, and did not entertain any questions about the action of the teachers. It is however understood that the walkout was an alternative to a proposed boycott of the entire event.

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Posted by John Da Silva 1 year, 10 months ago
Here we go again!

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Posted by John Da Silva 1 year, 10 months ago
Here we go again.

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Posted by Tony Webster 1 year, 10 months ago
Thank goodness that we shall soon have the first sitting of the new COI which will be charged with "studying and interpreting" the Waterman COI, as this urgently needed to structure a separate Committee which will in turn make recommendations for the phased implementation of all the recommendations, after Cabinet has had a chance to calalogue, analyse, prioritise, and prepare an implementation project-plan. If we can get the EU to dish-out a cupple big ones ( they are seemingly on a roll what with the resurection of the Lions eye-wing) there's a good chance that we can move on to structuring of a new, high-level COI to advise how we can (in the middle of an election campaign) urgently build the cupboards and shelves where all these reports will be safely stored and rest peacefully for ever and ever. Amen.

Five'll get you ten: de lawyers gine win. Score so far: lawyers 5; taxpayers 0.

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 10 months ago
When is the BSTU going to direct its anger towards the prime minister for dithering on the final outcome of the Alexandra School saga, by protesting outside Government Headquarters or Parliament?

I am beginning to consider the BSTU a spineless bunch who revels in preying on a seemingly defenseless and battered principal, ad infinitum.

The Inquiry into the school has been conducted, and the report submitted and laid in the House. Now is time for some kind of decision by the prime minister. Instead all the people of Barbados get is inaction and empty promises.

It is time the BSTU redirect its fight to the prime minister and Cabinet where the decision on the costly and protracted Inquiry originated, even with the availability of a report in the Ministry of Education.

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Posted by Jozette Bibby 1 year, 10 months ago
These spoiled "children" cannot behave themselves ....when the children behave as how they are behaving when they cannot get their own way I am certain they will have issues with them and call them rude but example is the most powerful teacher

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Posted by Payel Garcia 1 year, 10 months ago
Definitely unprofessional behaviour.

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Posted by Rico Cave 1 year, 10 months ago
Some of those teacher are acting very childish.

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Posted by Godfrey Bynoe 1 year, 10 months ago
If I were one of the teachers, I would not be unduly worried about the expected condemnatory bleatings of the usual suspects. Par for the course. Walkouts have been a legitimate form of protest from time immemorial. The protest was "quiet and orderly" and did not disrupt the ceremony...obviously, it was a symbolic in nature. But should not be taken lightly. It is the first warning sign that the teachers are quite understandably not prepared to accept that an identified manipulator of students and workplace bully should remain as principal. And why should any right-thinking Barbadian?

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Posted by Carlton Irish 1 year, 10 months ago
Sadly, I understand fully the thinking behind those comments which seek to criticize the protest of the teachers. Barbadians, as a whole, are not a people who readily support protest. Even though the great majority of our National Heroes and other heroes are revered as such precisely because they did protest injustice…and were vilified for doing just a people we do appreciate those who, by protesting, actually make us think about in justices that presently exist. It is uncomfortable. Speaking out against injustice and taking a stand rarely receives initial popular support…ask Martin Luther King, Jr, ask Nelson Mandela, ask Jesus! I use these heroes merely to illustrate the opposition that standing up against injustice produces. The condemnatory comments are to be taken in this light, and I hope the teachers fully understand this. The forces of reaction and the status quo often rule the day and, in these days, the blogs. While society may honour its dead rebels, it embraces its living conformists!
Those in authority cannot be lulled into thinking that everything is fine at this school and persist with their shameless inaction which smacks of complicity with the principal. This non-disruptive protest brings needed focus to the fact that teachers are not to be disrespected – that their concerns which were vindicated by the Commission must be given immediate attention.

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Posted by Mr Psychotic 1 year, 10 months ago
All processes take time. When you file a lawsuit, no matter what the issue is, you have to wait years, sometimes people die in the meantime. Based on the report, these teachers, and the BSTU, got exactly what they wanted. Why can't they now wait until the next stage takes place. They are further going to irritate the Barbadian public since they don't seem to be acting sensibly and they don't seem to be being led sensibly either.

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Posted by Mr Psychotic 1 year, 10 months ago
So what is the point of this. They have already spoken and their cries have been heard...this is overkill.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 10 months ago
And do you really believe that that action would
achieve or come close to achieving the desired goal @
Carl Harper? Well, you'd better think some more. You see the attorneys that are involve in this thing? They are like highpowered rifles.

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Posted by Godfrey Bynoe 1 year, 10 months ago
To Mr Psychotic,
"For years now I have heard the word 'Wait!' It rings in the ear of every [teacher] with piercing familiarity. This 'Wait' has almost always meant 'Never.'. We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that 'justice too long delayed is justice denied.'" - MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr.; 'Letter from a Birmingham Jail'

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