The United Progressive Party (UPP) is demanding a greater level of transparency from Government in relation to a possible conflict of interest in the ongoing debacle at the Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary School.
In a release, the party acknowledged it was not privy to all the facts and could not comment fairly on the details of the recent developments. However, it expressed concern and demanded clarity on several issues, among which is a possible conflict of interest in relation to the award of the contract for the canteen.
The statement charged that “there is a tendency in Barbados for those who peddle influence to ignore these issues because their interests are bigger than canteen contracts and their children do not attend the Grantley Adams Memorial School.”
The UPP also asked for more transparency in relation to arrangements for the provision of food for the students and the longstanding arrangement with vendors.
In addition, the party took Government to task on its delay in tabling Integrity in Public Life Bill, although “they have been quick off the mark with taking a number of Bills to Parliament,” accusing Government of failing to live up to its platform promises of greater accountability and transparency.
The party also urged Government to move forward with meaningful changes to the country’s educational system which it says is in need of an overhaul, claiming that “we continue to tinker with it like the owner of an ancient vehicle”.
Last Friday, President of the Democratic Labour Party and former senator, Verla DePeiza voiced her support for the protesting students.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY, DePeiza said the students were reflecting some of the spirit of the island’s national heroes such as the Father of Independence and first Prime Minister Errol Walton Barrow, Clement Payne and Grantley Adams after whom the school is named.