The future direction of the Alexandra School’s administration and management could be decided in a matter of days.
This follows today’s delivery of the report on the Commission of Enquiry into the St. Peter learning institution to Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave. It was handed over at the head of state’s official residence at Government House by sole commissioner, retired judge Frederick Waterman.
Well-placed sources also told Barbados TODAY a second “official” copy of the document was to be presented to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, but that he was currently overseas.
With this stage out of the way, the official said it was now up to Government to determine how many of the recommendations contained in Waterman’s document it would accept and implement.
The source said the document would likely be taken to Cabinet and then be laid in the House of Assembly, but noted that it was unlikely this would be done by the time the Lower House resumed sittings next Tuesday.
“We are waiting with bated breath to find out the contents of the report because it is suppose to be a highly confidential document. We will wait to see what recommendations will be accepted,” the official said.
“The Prime Minister is currently out of the island, but there is an acting Prime Minister so therefore it is likely those two official copies would have been delivered as expected as well.” Waterman was originally due to present his written report to Sir Elliott on August 31, but received a three week extension.
“The Governor General has authorised the change in the date for the submission of the written report in light of the fact that vital days’ hearings were lost to the Commission’s deliberations, due to the unavailability of the Wildey Gymnasium for three days in July because of prior bookings for Crop Over events, and the observance of two public holidays in
August,” the Cabinet Office said at the time. After taking oral evidence from more than 30 witnesses over 36 days of hearings, the Commission of Enquiry, which sat at the Wildey Gymnasium, Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, concluded its public sessions on April.
Two days later, the various counsel representing the parties involved, including Principal Jeff Broomes, the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union and Alexandra’s board of management, made final submissions. In the wake of the enquiry, however, it appears the industrial problems at the school have continued.
Days before the start of this new school year BSTU General Secretary Mona Robinson wrote Chief Education Officer Laurie King, seeking clarification on the mandate of a special committee to oversee Alexandra’s management and calling for Broomes to be sent on leave.
There was further controversy when board of management employee Stasia Boyce was sent “on half pay leave with immediate effect until further notice”. (SC)