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Puzzling sixth form comment by Farley

BEA DOTTIN, beadottin@nationnews.com

Added 04 October 2013

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After reading Mr Matthew Farley’s column in the September 15 edition of the SUNDAY SUN, I began to wonder whether or not he was the same person involved in matters of education for so many years. Anyone describing the expansion of sixth form schools across the island as “ill-conceived”, “wasteful” and a “duplication” is denying the stark reality facing students who want to qualify at that level, either to gain a Scholarship, shorten their study time at university or both. It is well known public knowledge why the Barbados Community College (BCC) was constructed when there was a mere handful of sixth form schools across the island. Mr Farley, as a member of the Barbados Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools, ought to be aware of the number of students seeking placement at the BCC on a yearly basis. He should also be aware of the number of students from non-sixth form schools who cannot be admitted to the BCC year after year owing to logistics related to the physical plant, staffing, and so on. Mr Farley should also be informed that sixth form schools are catering to their own students who could not otherwise gain entry to the BCC. However, his vision for training students with technical and vocational skills, with a focus on tailors and small engine mechanics, is noted.

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