Category Archives: Education

Where will the money come from? Government to bail out University of the West Indies $150 million.

“Staggering debt” didn’t happen overnight

Pardon our cynicism, but we are headed into an election campaign in the next few weeks, aren’t we?

Promises fell like raindrops as Prime Minister Stuart and Finance Minister Sinckler assured SIR Hilary Beckles that the government will somehow shove some money to the UWI to stave off the creditors.

Free education is not so free, doan ya know?

A hundred million here, three hundred million there, seventy million over there… pretty soon you be talkin’ real money!

Further Reading

Dear readers: please go to the website of The Nation to read A hand for UWI – but you know we have to reprint the entire article here because The Nation has deleted and changed stories in the past to suit political agendas, and seeing as how our story is based upon their story, we have to reprint the whole thing… Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Education

An Alien in my own Barbados

“I know there are many like myself who cannot find work (because we are over-educated). It’s really ironic. Tell me what do we do? Join the guys on the block? Put on ski mask and rob the banks? Turn to the world of prostitution?  Sell Cornwell? Tell me for I have run out of answers!”

Unemployment gets me down

by a BFP reader

For almost a year now I have been for lack of a better word ‘forced’ to listen to Down to Brass Tacks, although I must confess that at most times I do enjoy the lively exchanges between the public and moderators. I use the word forced because after almost a year I cannot find a decent job in my county Barbados and had to content myself with staying at home listening to Down To Brass Tacks.

I heard it was mentioned more that once on Down to Brass Tacks about persons complaining that they can’t find work. The moderator even suggests work is out there and persons really do not want to work.  I totally disagree with what is being said because there are some of us who would like to be given the opportunity to prove our worth.

Take my situation for instance; young ambitious, versatile and a self starter who studied up to tertiary level. I have vast work experience from banking to clerical officer and manager. I even owned my own business but due to the recession and problems I encountered was forced to close the doors on that.

After this I searched high and low for employment and even accepted one job that was not to my standards. A job is supposed to be a job or so they say, but I beg to differ. After some frustrations on the job I decided that Barbados seemed to have nothing to offer me. I left this island and spent some time in two other countries (Grand Caymans and Anguilla) seeking work. I did not receive work in these countries because of work permit issues. They said that due to the recession times they were offering the work to the locals first, which is understandable.  I must add that these countries saw me as highly qualified – unlike my own country. (I believe the saying, that you cannot be a king in your own country.)

I returned home and have been seeking work for months. I have been to about 50 interviews; I am not joking. I have written over 100 job applications, called around every day to places and still have had no success. At the interviews I attended I was told that I was over-qualified or I just had no response. This caused me to wonder what I had done incorrectly. I even wrote back to some of these companies asking for opinions as to why I did not get these jobs and some responded that I had no experience in those areas I applied for.

Allow me to read this letter to you. It is the latest response I received for a position I saw advertised in our newspaper. Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Business, Economy, Education

Attention UWI Cave Hill philosophy majors: Your country needs you!


Now this is funny, but probably not to half the folks at Cave Hill.

Not because they won’t get the joke, but because they will…

The only thing that can stop this asteroid is your Liberal Arts Degree

By now you’re probably wondering what this is all about, why FBI agents pulled you out of your barista job, threw you on a helicopter, and brought you to NASA headquarters. There’s no time, so I’ll shoot it to you straight. You’ve seen the news reports. What hit New York wasn’t some debris from an old satellite. There’s an asteroid the size of Montana heading toward Earth and if it hits us, the planet is over. But we’ve got one last-ditch plan. We need a team to land on the surface of the asteroid, drill a nuclear warhead one mile into its core, and get out before it explodes. And you’re just the liberal arts major we need to lead that team…

… continue reading The only thing that can stop this asteroid is your Liberal Arts Degree by Mike Lacher



Filed under Barbados, Education

What Alexandra School students learned today…

Thirty Alexandra School teachers receive full pay for illegal 3 week strike

by One Who Knows

With the arrival of their regular pay yesterday, the 30 teachers at Alexandra School who abandoned their students for an illegal 3 week strike learned that the government, school authorities and the taxpayers will tolerate this behaviour. They learned that the DLP government is too frightened of the government workers to take the reasonable action of docking their pay for missed days.

The students learned that the equation ‘work = paycheque’ is as invalid as the concept of ‘basic standards’ in employer – employee relations. By now the students have learned that there is not a hope in hell that the lost 3 weeks will be made up in any meaningful way. The students are not worried because they know that the teachers will pass them on anyway at the end of term. They learned that they must be passed on or the teachers would have to admit that the strike harmed the students and that the lost time was not made up for. So the students know they will be successful at the end of term.

The non-striking teachers also learned a lesson: they should have gone with the mob. The mob are the heroes, the non-striking teachers are the villains and fools: villains for not showing solidarity with the others and fools because there was no penalty.

There were many lessons learned during the illegal strike, but the biggest lesson came yesterday: from the Stuart Government when it sent the regular pay to the striking teachers.

Nation News: Not docked


Filed under Barbados, Education

A suggestion about the Alexandra School crisis

by Michele Robertson

I have been reading of the controversy regarding the Principal and teachers of the Alexandra School and the Ministry of Education.  I cannot understand why the people are not looking for a solution but seem to be divided along political lines. From reading the Nation newspaper online for the past three weeks I get the feeling that Mr Jeffrey Broomes is being backed by the Minister of Education, Mr Ronold Jones and the Democratic Labour Party .

There also seems to be inflexibility by some of the teachers at the Alexandria School. That inflexibility has been causing some educational problems for the students. I would suggest a possible solution to ensure that the students at Alexandra school do not suffer any longer.

I think that the powers that be can arrive at a solution along the following lines:

1.    The Principal be put on temporary leave for two weeks.
2.    The striking teachers are put on temporary leave for 2 weeks.
3.    Senior retired teachers like Mr Perry and teachers at other secondary schools give their time to Alexandra Secondary School to teach the classes affected by the dilemma.

That would give:

1. The student’s continuing education
2. A cooling off period for the striking teachers and the Principal
3. The Government, not the Minister of Education the chance to come up with a final solution.
I hope that these ideas could be considered by all of the parties involve and a solution reached.

Michele Robertson
Surrey, UK


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How do grade school textbooks portray Islam? New study may shock you

ACT! for America Education releases alert about forthcoming study

Brigitte Gabriel - President, ACT! for America Education

Eighteen months ago ACT! for America Education launched an in-depth analysis of thirty-eight 6th through 12th grade textbooks, to see how they treated the subject of Islam.

The research has been completed, and what we have found will shock you. The historical falsehoods, bias and other misrepresentations of Islam in these textbooks are egregious and persistent.

We are currently completing the writing and final edits to the report, which will document over 245 errors in these various textbooks.

Here’s a small sample of what we found. Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Education, Religion

Nigerian Islamic Sharia Court to hack off thieves’ hands – Barbados Muslim says that’s okay!

Why Barbados must fight against Islamic values and laws being taught in local schools

My Lord, Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury (obviously not an Islamic court because no women are allowed), I beg to introduce Fact #1…

“An Islamic sharia court in  Zamfara State has sentenced two men to amputation of their right wrists for stealing a bull, with the amputation to be carried out in public if it is given final approval.”

From the September 9, 2011 Vanguard News story: Sharia court sentences two to amputation for theft

And now for Fact #2, courtesy of a 14 year-old female student at Barbados Al-Falah Muslim School…

“Beheading..chopping off your hands, severe beatings,etc. Are strict Islamic rules and these are the things that were done during our prophets time and are continued till this day to follow the tradition, there is nothing wrong in it.”

Quoted in the November 26, 2010 BFP post Barbados Muslim Girls School, 14 year old student: “Nothing wrong with beheading, chopping off your hands, severe beatings”

Remember folks – nothing explains Islam better than ordinary Muslims talking about what they believe and what they are taught to believe.


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Education, Religion