“Giving a Mercedes To a 2 Year Old,” what Eleven Plus parents really think of achievement

In 1924, Montblanc created a writing instrument that became an icon of writing culture: the Montblanc Meisterstück. Its functional, attractive design, the innovative ink-feeding system and its hand-engraved gold nib with an iridium tip have made this fountain pen the writing instrument of our times. – Website, under Luxury Pens

Mr Hassid says a writing instrument is personal and books are obsolete, then maybe he should reintroduce the love of reading to his protèges?

Mr Hassid says a writing instrument is personal and books are obsolete, then maybe he should reintroduce the love of reading to his protèges?

Four years too late, the view of Jacob Hassid, the managing director of Diamonds International in Barbados, noted sponsor of polo here – he was saying their acknowledgement of children who took the Eleven Plus test for gaining entrance to Secondary Schools was too late and this opportunity to do tribute should have been more immediate.

Creator of Limegrove, Paul Altman, told all present everyone should be wanting to come to Holetown and visit the mall from the time they're 11 - he forgot to mention they need a bank loan to qualify for many of the prices quoted in the premium shopping district!

Creator of Limegrove, Paul Altman, told all present everyone should be wanting to come to Holetown and visit the mall from the time they’re 11 – he forgot to mention they need a bank loan to qualify for many of the prices quoted in the premium shopping district!

So the 20 Top Performers received the gift of a Montblanc pen, please note a basic fountain pen is like $580.00 and we’re not speaking of Barbados currency? Especially flown in for the ceremony was Florian Boiteux who’s Montblanc’s representative for Mexico, the Caribbean and South America.

Why not present these achievers with a voucher for uniforms, a savings account or a gift certificate for books instead? We decided to pose the question directly to Mr Hassid, while we understand what he’s saying – we leave it for readers to decide if his response truly handles the issue?

This event was held at the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown, St James and when we undertook to ask parents how they really felt, they agreed to speak and give comments only if not listed...

This event was held at the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown, St James and when we undertook to ask parents how they really felt, they agreed to speak and give comments only if not listed…

A father said especially after the Budget just given to Barbados where many claims have been removed from Income Tax refunds yet so many foods are now under VAT, they’d rather have gotten a little help in either clothes or books – maybe wait until the same kids are teens and help with tuition at UWI!

This as a mother commented it is the equivalent of giving a 2 year old the keys to a Mercedes Benz, she said her child loves to read and why not some books while she gets a discount on uniforms, especially as her child is growing fast each year?

Many parents felt the same way but did not even really wish to comment for fear of injuring “their child’s future career,” yet one father quipped “perhaps it’s a cheaper gesture and may be tax deductible – if Sinckler hasn’t removed it…”

It is curious how these same children would feel a decade or more later in looking back on this occasion...

It is curious how these same children would feel a decade or more later in looking back on this occasion…

Bajan Reporter can only wonder if these pens came with insurance, which may surely be brought into play if those kids take their Montblancs to school where they can be lost, stolen or both – even worse, if they’re beaten by bullies who have no pride in wresting the instrument from the true owners, much like the current financial outlook for Barbados at the moment.

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