11-Plus reform a must

luigimarshall, luigimarshall@nationnews.com

Added 23 November 2011

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DISTINGUISHED BARBADIAN EDUCATOR Professor Cardinal Warde is calling for educational reform in Barbados to accomodate late bloomers. And he suggests the island is overlooking the potential of this group to significantly impact Barbados’ economic development. The professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has stated emphatically “. . . the education system needs reforming”, as he expressed doubt about the effectiveness of the 11-Plus Examination, suggesting it discouraged those late-developing students. “What we need in this region is the will to change it [the 11-Plus]” Ward argued while delivering the 36th Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture at Frank Collymore Hall Monday night. “What I find when I ask about the 11-Plus, there are countries that don’t have it and are doing fine and there are countries that have it and are not doing well.”   Above, Distinguished Barbadian Professor Cardinal Warde (centre) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology talking with university students Akilah Holder (left) and Andre Haynes (right) after delivering the 36th Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture at Frank Collymore Hall.    Full story in today’s MIDWEEK NATION.  

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