Member of Parliament for St Michael West Central James Paul does like what he has been hearing recently in the public domain about Combermere School.
And he took strong exception to the recent call made by the Head of the school’s History Department, the Reverend Charles Morris, for Principal Vere Parris to be removed at the height of environmental problems at the Waterford, St Michael institution.
However, it was a subsequent move by the Ministry of Education to discipline Morris, who has also called for the permanent closure of the school that was roundly condemned yesterday by the Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley.
Speaking in Parliament today, Paul sought to warn members of both sides of the House that they needed to be careful about the messages they were sending, especially when it comes to the issue of indiscipline.
“We have young people out there who listen to us and who stand by every word that we say and when our leaders, irrespective of Opposition or Government, make certain statements to undermine the very foundation on which we stand, we have to ask ourselves what end are we seeking to achieve,” argued Paul, while making reference to the General Orders of the Civil Service which require public servants to maintain the highest ethical standards at all times and to be impartial.
“The General Orders talks about disclosure, all of these things, and yet yesterday a Leader of an Opposition would comment on a matter, which clearly is in breach of the General Orders,” he complained. “As a Parliament we are sending the wrong signals to the whole population.”
The St Michael West Central MP also took issue with the practices of some financial institutions, which he said were more willing to provide funds for the purchase of cars and other vehicles than to support developmental projects.
The head of the Barbados Agricultural Society also took issue with a recent announcement by the Principal of the University of the West Indies Professor Eudine Barriteau for the establishment of a sweet potato chip factory, saying Barbados already had such a factory.
At the same time, he lamented the fact that even though this year’s cotton crop was ready to be harvested, there were no workers to be found.
“People are saying that there is no work to be found in Barbados, yet no workers can be found to pick the cotton crop,” he complained, suggesting “people should accept the jobs because it can assist them in providing for themselves”.