Broomes’ nod for inquiry
Alexandra principal Jeff Broomes yesterday lauded the current Commission of Inquiry into the school which has been wracked by industrial relations tension under his leadership.
Asked what he would recommend for the restoration of harmony at the Speightstown, St Peter institution, Broomes said he believed there was first an urgent need for the training of teachers and schools’ board members in broadening their understanding of the Education Act.
“I think there’s some grey in the education regulations that needs to be addressed . . . because I don’t think persons who come to a school for three hours a month can run a school; many of whom don’t known much about education, almost all of whom are just political links,” he stated during his third day on the witness stand.
Saying he didn’t support the view that the Alexandra School “would be unable to function if he remained”, Broomes recommended established written protocols in dealing with professional disagreements, so as to avoid strike action being a first course of action.