• Today
    November 16

  • 04:05 AM

Baseless concerns and propaganda

DR COLIN CUMBERBATCH,

Added 11 April 2018

letterpen423x6304

In an article in the last SUNDAY SUN headlined Concern Over Principal In BUT Race, a number of very baseless concerns were raised about the right and suitability of Everton Briggs, principal of St Bernard’s Primary School, to be a candidate in the race to be president of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT).

It alleged concerns over Briggs’ candidacy for the following reasons: he is a principal; he was appointed since Karen Best became chief education officer, and he served on the executive when Best was president.

The third concern I will use to repudiate the concern that Briggs is a principal. For ten years prior to September 2012, the BUT’s president, Best, was the principal of a school. Additionally, the general secretary of the BUT, who is being returned to that office unopposed, is a principal and has been for the past five years.

The second concern has wide-reaching implications and would serve to disqualify or eliminate over 1 000 people who were appointed since Best became chief education officer. This would include 749 teachers, 215 senior teachers, 19 deputy principals in secondary schools, about 60 principals in the primary school system, and 15 in the secondary school system. Briggs is not the only candidate in this election appointed to a substantive post since Best became chief.

The third concern is particularly ludicrous since the incumbent president, the general secretary and several other BUT executive committee members also served on the executive when Best was president.

Find meaningful concerns to raise in any attempt to disqualify a candidate, not nonsensical rhetoric and baseless propaganda.

– DR COLIN CUMBERBATCH, principal, St Stephen’s Primary

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Dos and Donts


Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus

POLL

Do you think that fees at commercial banks have increased too much?

Yes
No

FRONT COVER OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPER

CARTOON

INSTAGRAM