QUO VADIS – COMBERMERE? PARENTS STILL IN LIMBO OVER THEIR CHILDREN’S FATE…
Combermerian parents are still awaiting results from the six member committee who were selected to liaise with the Ministry of Education over the closure of Combermere Secondary at Waterford.
With many parents and pupils fearing an eerie replay of the closure of Louis Lynch secondary in 2006, demands for an environmental report to be conducted and its open publication are part of the terms agreed upon.
This was mooted by former head of the Barbados Private Sector Association and Combermere scholar Alex McDonald.
The initial committee consists of Leona Deane, Engineer at the Sanitation Service Authority; Jeremy Stephens, President of the Barbados Economic Society; Attorney Philip Nicholls; former airline executive Elvin Sealy; surveyor Marc Owen and McDonald himself.
The committee were given a very strict time frame to report back based on the current Jubilee as an impetus for results, but it appears that deadline passed.
At the session, one parent questioned the ability of Mary Redman, president of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union and in his observation she was more at the Union then teaching and it explained why his daughter never learned under Redman’s tutelage.
Instead of taking the high ground and only deal with the Combermere crisis, Redman chose to be snide with the complainant and implied his daughter was truant on a frequent basis – no wonder she and Jeff Broomes clashed at Alexandra, what a virago!