Schools getting facelift for new term

30 August 2016

ALL SCHOOLS should be ready to reopen at the beginning of the new school year. This was the expectation voiced by Minister of Education, Ronald Jones, who recently spoke to the Barbados Government Information Service following a day long tour of eight public schools... Read More



21 July 2016

MORE THAN HALF the money to be given out by the Student Revolving Loan Fund will go to those studying at Cave Hill Campus, says the man under whose portfolio the fund falls. Minister of Education Ronald Jones said that the remaining available funds will go to those... Read More


GRADUATION: Success comes from within, students told

17 July 2016

GRADUATING STUDENTS of the St John Primary School have been advised that their success at secondary school would not depend on the institution they attend, but the approach they adopt wherever they go. That advice came from Principal Ometa Hinds while delivering... Read More


‘Beware of bogus certificates’

15 July 2016

BARBADIANS have been put on guard against bogus institutions that offer certificates that are not worth the paper on which they are printed. This caution is coming from Minister of Education Ronald Jones, who said that an increase in educational programmes being... Read More


Falling off

14 July 2016

ONLY FOUR of the top 20 performers in this year’s Common Entrance Examination were from Government primary schools. The other 16 were all from privately-run schools. That the majority of the children who gained top marks in the critical national examination were... Read More


Erdiston upgrade from October

30 June 2016

ERDISTON TEACHERS TRAINING COLLEGE complex is undergoing a multimillion-dollar overhaul in which Erdiston Great House will be restored. The historic main building of the teachers’ training institution was extensively damaged by fire five years ago and Minister of... Read More


Yes, Minister

28 June 2016

MINISTER OF EDUCATION Ronald Jones is getting support for his call to rein in the excessive costs associated with primary school graduations. Head of the Barbados National Council for Parent-Teacher Associations (BNCPTA), Shone Gibbs, said his organisation had been... Read More


Annoyed over lock-out of students

23 June 2016

CONCERNED PARENTS of students at Blackman And Gollop Primary are frustrated over what they are calling a lock-out of pupils each morning. Within recent months, parents and children have been arriving at the Staple Grove, Christ Church school to find the gates locked.... Read More


More training for Teachers

21 June 2016

MINISTER OF EDUCATION RONALD JONES projects that all teachers in Barbados’ primary school system will be trained by 2020. Introducing a resolution on the Public Service Teachers Order 2016 in the House today, Jones said Erdiston Teachers’ Training College was gearing... Read More


Parental support key

17 June 2016

PARENTS HAVE BEEN urged to help their children transition from primary to the much different world they will experience at the secondary level. The advice came from Angela Smith, principal of Gordon Greenidge Primary School, during her report at the school’s graduation... Read More


Ex-teacher slams poor parenting

14 June 2016

A RETIRED TEACHER has raised serious concerns about the level of parenting in Barbados and the role it is playing in increasing school violence. The matter was highlighted by 82-year-old Edwena Armstrong, who was yesterday given the honour of having a road at Hothersal... Read More


Skinner wins Kregg Nurse Memorial Scholarship

13 June 2016

JANELLE SKINNER is the newest recipient of the Caribbean Catalyst Kregg Nurse Memorial Scholarship Award. Today at the Caribbean Catalyst’s River Road, St Michael offices, Skinner was chosen at the 12th winner of the annual award which recognizes individuals who... Read More


BSTU: No request for transfer

28 May 2016

THE BARBADOS SECONDARY TEACHERS’ Union is denying that the female teacher involved in a fracas with a student in the classroom has requested to be transferred from the Black Rock, St Michael school. BSTU president Mary Redman said that the teacher did attend two... Read More


Programming a hit at St Alban’s

23 May 2016

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING is a hit among students of St Alban’s Primary. And although the subject is one commonly taught to those 15 and over, the 11-year-olds at the Weston, St James school were very enthusastic about the information technology subject taught by a team... Read More


Education Ministry teaming up with BMA

17 May 2016

THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION and the Barbados Manufacturers’ Association (BMA) will soon be working together on a number of incubator projects for young entrepreneurs. Chief Education Officer Karen Best made the disclosure after a tour of the exhibits from the island’s... Read More


Matter ‘will be settled’

13 May 2016

MINISTER OF EDUCATION Ronald Jones is promising an end to the impasse with the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) of which he is a past president. Yesterday during a no-confidence motion being debated in the House of Assembly Jones gave the assurance after saying he... Read More


Teachers can’t ‘work to rule’

12 May 2016

THERE CAN BE NO work-to-rule in teaching, says former school principal-turned-priest Reverend Keith Griffith. He said any such action was disgusting and anyone who wanted to participate in it should not be in schools. Griffith was addressing pupils, teachers and... Read More


WorldSkills still ‘top class’

11 May 2016

WHILE THE number of participating organisations in the WorldSkills Barbados competition has fallen, the standard has remained high and organisers are gunning for gold in the regional competition this year. “The interest is still very high. Perhaps the criteria or... Read More


Jones Must Humble!

10 May 2016

A FORMER SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN who was on the receiving end of the Ronald Jones-Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) wrath says Jones should humble himself and meet the union. Pastor Vincent Wood, of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, was chairman of the St Leonard’s Girls’... Read More


School aims to tap every talent

10 May 2016

CHILDREN WHO PASS for Alma Parris Memorial Secondary School come September will have even greater chances of soaring to new heights. That was the word from principal Valdez Francis, who said the St Peter school was making headway in its efforts to construct a curriculum... Read More


Parents not bothered by work-to-rule

06 May 2016

THE BARBADOS UNION of Teachers (BUT) is getting pushback from both Ministry of Education, Technology and Innovation (METI) and parents in a controversy which puts primary school students at the centre of an ongoing impasse. The BUT a few days ago gave an ultimatum... Read More




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