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What's Trending: Trouble brewing at Parkinson

Looka Lew, lookalew@nationenws.com

Added 19 August 2014

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The Nation’s Online Editor Sherrylyn Toppin looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados. Principal Jeff Broomes is embroiled in a second battle with staff, this time at Parkinson Memorial School. And the issues, eerily similar to those which surfaced when he was at Alexandra School, have cause more than 20 staff members to consult the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union. Teachers cite a lack of communication, a one-man approach to management and giving more duties to teachers he hired, while excluding the senior staff members. A meeting will be held on Thursday with the union to discuss the matter. Online readers also shared their views on the situation. Tracia Seifert-Licorish: We will take him at The Graydon Sealy Secondary School. I see nothing wrong with a principal actually doing his job and making teachers do theirs. Kiah Proute: So all teachers in Barbados are wrong and this one man has the solutions ? Well in that case, get rid of all the teachers and let him teach the students on his own if he is so great. These comments are so disappointing. Gregston Griffith: I think a lot of teachers don’t like changes and that may be the problem at these schools. Maybe it would take a head teacher from over-in-away to change things. There is nothing wrong with Broome. Lorna Watson Deukett: Before you start criticising Mr Broomes I hope you will take a long hard look at the changes that have been made at Parkinson school since he took up reins there and how they have benefitted the students. Class academic levels have gone up, exam results are on the rise, behavior is 99% better, attendance and punctuality up, up, up. Darren Garrett: Yet again, yet again. Now it's the other teachers’ union, but I guess if people still believe that he’s a great principal with great ideas of change it must be the teachers’ fault. I wonder which school they will ship him to next. Andre Kyte: If I was him I would certainly call it a day. Beverley Hunte-Springer: A leopard does not change his stripes you know. Something has got to be wrong with him. Addison Cortlandt: Listen I would take him at Lodge School also! Change is good; especially if it is for the better/progression. Just work together and make this happen! Brown Z Alleyne: O lord now, please don’t let this be happening. My son is going there come September. I don’t want anything interfering with his schooling.

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