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Christ Church students say exam was ‘easy’

There was a mad rush around 1:10 p.m. today as hundreds of primary school children excitedly ran out of the Christ Church Foundation Secondary School into the waiting arms of their parents after they completed the four-hour long Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination, also known as the 11-plus. Laughter echoed throughout the car park of […]

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Anxious moments for parents and teachers

Armed with umbrellas, scores of anxious parents braved scattered showers today as they stood outside of the examination centre at Springer Memorial School after dropping their children off at the gate. Principal of Belmont Primary School Pamela Ifill was also on hand giving her final words of encouragement to her students just before they were […]

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What a relief!

The hard work is finally over and now it’s time to relax and unwind. After months of lengthy preparation, sacrifices, extra lessons and nervous moments there was joy today at the end of the Barbados Secondary Schools Entrance Examination, otherwise known as the 11-plus, for the majority of students. What is traditionally a stressful day […]

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UWI to have ‘technology park’ by August

The University of the West Indies (UWI) should have in place by August, a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art campus for innovation and technology in Bridgetown. Dubbed the “technology park”, UWI’s Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles said today it would serve as an innovation centre for young people to develop and hone their technological skills. In 2014 […]

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No need to scrap the 11-plus, insists Broomes

Retired principal of the Parkinson Memorial  School Jeff Broomes is not in favour of scrapping the Common Entrance Examination, otherwise known as the 11-plus. However, delivering a public lecture here recently on the theme Addressing Youth Violence – Protect Our Children, Save Our Community, he called on the Ministry of Education to take what he suggested […]

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Boyce concerned about the eating habits of school children

Minister of Health John Boyce wants to impress upon this country’s parents the need to give their children healthier snacks to take to school. Delivering the feature address at a health fair at the Maurice Byer Polyclinic, St Peter this morning, Boyce lamented that despite the high incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Barbados, too […]

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In the dark

Minister of Education Ronald Jones says he is totally in the dark about the environmental problems plaguing the St Catherine Primary School in St Philip, which have forced teachers to take their classes outdoors. Jones, whose ministry has been faced since the start of the year with major environmental issues at three Government-run schools, namely […]

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St Catherine Primary latest to face environmental issues

Parents of students attending St Catherine Primary School in St Philip want the Ministry of Education to explain why their children have been attending classes outdoors for the last month. One upset parent, Simon Clarke, told Barbados TODAY environmental issues  had left teachers with no choice but to abandon a section of building and resort […]

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St Lawrence Primary students back in their own classrooms

A clean and sanitized St Lawrence Primary School reopened this morning, eight weeks after it was forced to close on February 26 as a result of the flow of raw sewage on the south coast. Relieved parents who have had to take their children to Arthur Smith Primary School at Pleasant Hall Land, St Matthias, […]

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Tuition fees forcing working mothers to drop out of UWI

A survey conducted by the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has found that those worst affected by the introduction of tuition fees nearly four years ago were working mothers in their middle to late thirties. The survey was conducted some two years after the Freundel Stuart administration introduced the […]

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BUT elects Spencer as new president

The Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) has elected Sean Spencer as its new president. Spencer, a teacher at The Foundation School, polled 174 votes to unseat Pedro Shepherd who had been at the helm of the umbrella teachers’ union for the past six years. Shepherd mustered 154 votes during yesterday’s election, while his other challenger, […]

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Embrace change

Students at Barbados’ only secondary school catering exclusively to boys were advised to live up to their school’s motto and use every day as an opportunity to better themselves. The counsel came as the St Leonard’s Boys’ School held its Speech Day in recognition of students who excelled in their academic studies and sports over […]

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