The Barbados Union of Teachers wishes to extend its warmest congratulations to Ronald Jones on being reassigned the portfolio of Minister of Education in the announcement of the new Cabinet by Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados.
Jones was appointed Minister of Education and Human Resource Development in 2008 when the Late David Thompson led the Democratic Labour Party to victory at the polls on January 15 of that year. Jones has retained that portfolio ever since then amidst three Cabinet reshuffles. This must be testimony to the confidence both Prime Ministers had and continue to have in him and I am sure that he will continue the good work started in 2008.
The Barbados Union of Teachers is extremely proud of his record in education over the last five years and is eagerly confident that the next five years in education will be phenomenal as he joined by another comrade, former President of the Barbados Union of Teachers Senator Harcourt Husbands as his Parliamentary Secretary.
We have enjoyed a very cordially relationship with Minister Jones and look forward to the same with Senator Husbands.
The Barbados Union of Teachers will continue to give support to initiatives of the ministry in the interest of teachers, students and all other education support personnel.
It is also going to be exciting as the ministry has been rebranded to include Science, Technology and Innovation which are very critical in propelling this nation in these times.
High on the union’s agenda will be the: appointment of teachers, appointment of information technology coordinators at the primary level, establishment of a teachers service commission, signing of a collective bargaining agreement, short periods of study leave, security at schools and most of all a salary increase for teachers.
The Barbados Union of Teachers also wants to congratulate the entire Cabinet on their assignments.
— Pedro Shepherd