Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has publicly rapped the Barbados Cricket Association and the Barbados Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools (BAPPSS) for failing to settle differences, which led to the abandonment of the Sir Everton Weekes Under-13 Limited Over Final.
Citing the development as a poor example of conflict resolution, Brathwaite appealed to adults and parents to better demonstrate how to resolve their differences to influence how the island’s youth handle their disputes
The BCA pulled stumps on the May 25 final between Combermere and the Christ Church Foundation School after the BAPPSS boycotted the deciding game, citing greivances related to changes to regulations governing the 2017 domestic cricket season.
Brathwaite suggested it was a case of adults sending mixed messages to the youth about how to resolve conflicts.
“You say one thing and do another in the manner in which you address conflict because you then go back into the school and you try to persuade these young people that this is the right way but … the young people are saying well that is a bit hypocritical.”
The Attorney General made the comments as he addressed the third quarter regional meeting for Optimist International at the Manor Lodge Conference Centre, Green Hill, St Michael on Saturday.
Brathwaite told his attentive audience that their management of conflict at home or in the workplace transcended into wider society.
“How we treat to conflict defines the level of conflict that we have in our society and how we as adults in particular lead the way in resolving conflict.”
Weighing in on the issue of violence in schools, Brathwaite raised concern that students were resorting to violence rather than dialogue to settle their disputes and he laid the blame squarely on parents.
“What we are seeing in terms of our young people and how they are behaving is a result of learnt behaviour from within their homes, how conflict is addressed within their own homes and that is why I don’t blame the children, I blame whoever they learnt the behaviour from.” he said.