Minister of Education Ronald Jones received a tongue-lashing from MP for St Thomas Cynthia Forde who was speaking Friday night at a political meeting in Baywoods, St James.
“He has performed as an abysmal failure in education. He has done nothing but destroy the education sector with the foolishness he does and the nonsense that he spouts. When a minister is out of his depth and says that children have demons he should have been fired. You know where the demons are …. the 30 of them in the Democratic Labour Party that running.”
She referred to 10 “special awards” she claimed were given out Friday by the ministry.
“I was made to understand that only today 10 special awards were given out. We want to know who the recipients are. I pray that they are ordinary people’s children. How can they come and give out 10 scholarships at the 11th hour? I hope it is the last set of performances that Ronald Jones can offer. Let him ride out in the sunset disgraced.”
The former parliamentary secretary in the ministry of education said that a similar thing happened last election.
“In 2013 a few days before the General Election he gave out 23 national development scholarships on the eve of election and while I am happy that Barbadians were given an opportunity to receive scholarships, it hurt my heart to know that $4 million in a struggling economy was taken up for that purpose. But who were these people who received scholarships?”
The retired teacher said she wrote asking Government to do proper investigation and a formal report and present to parliament about bullying in schools but “for five years there has not been a single report about children at risk or bullying brought to parliament”.(IMC)