Former Principal lambastes Education Ministry and cites ‘No Leadership’ as its Ruin

The Ministry of Education in Barbados is under heavy fire by a former principal over what he deems as a lapse in standards.

Jeff Broomes, the retired Headmaster of Parkinson Memorial Secondary was invited to address participants at the annual conference of the Barbados Association of Reading at The Accra Beach Resort.

During the Q&A session after his keynote address, a participant was wondering if the current methodology can produce students like the calibre of days gone by, and Mr Broomes cited leadership issues as the main downfall right now – more bluntly, in his view, the Education Ministry’s downfall is it is the worst administered Cabinet post at the moment.

The popular newspaper columnist also feels that teaching right now is too centralized and is a cookie cutter format based on myths of what is the supposed benchmark of secondary educational standards – Mr Broomes feels if it was less Government and more people oriented then there would be improved results or in other words, treat each school as its own entity and not not how close or far it is from what is considered first place.

Mr Broomes was invited to address the opening of the 10th Reading Conference, which featured the theme Building Excellent Readers.

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