“Jones calls it a day”

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Former Minister of Education Ronald Jones has called it quits as a politician.

He made the announcement on his Facebook page yesterday.

“I wish to express my sincerest thanks to the people of Christ Church East Central who gave me an opportunity to serve them for some 15 years in the Parliament of Barbados. My journey is now concluded at this level. I move on to new journeys and new sacrifices. May the good Lord bless this country. Thanks to all of you,” he wrote.

Jones, a former teacher and president of the Barbados Union of Teachers, was the longest serving Minister of Education.

 

Extended schools

 

During his tenure, he extended the number of sixth form schools, opening up more opportunities for children at The Ellerslie School, The St Michael School, Christ Church Foundation School, Springer Memorial Alexandra School, Alleyne School and St Leonard’s Boys’.

In collaboration with the Maria Holder Trust, extensive investment was also made in nursery education through the construction of plants at Gall Hill and Oldbury. Under the Six Nursery Schools Project, nursery schools were also to be constructed at Government Hill, Holders Hill, Sayes Court and Deacons.

A few people thanked Jones for his service.

He lost his seat in last Thursday’s General Election when the Democratic Labour fell to a devastating 30-0 defeat. Former Prime Minister Freundel Stuart also announced his retirement from elective politics during his concession speech. (SAT)