School is back in for a popular vendor at Grantley Adams Memorial.
After a two-week tussle with the school’s management, student favourite, Jean ‘Miss B’ Mayers’ place has been restored albeit on the fringes of the property.
She was seen setting up around 8 o’clock Monday morning at her usual central location but was instructed moments later by board chairman, Dr Jonathan Lewis and later by the principal, Valdez Francis, she would have to move to the guard hut at the edge of the school’s compound.
At 11 o’clock, Miss B was invited to a brief meeting with the school’s administration, the details of which she did not reveal to Barbados TODAY. She also said her lawyer, Douglas Trotman, was unable to attend.
Miss B said she was happy to be inside once again.
“It’s all in the school’s environment. At least, I’m glad that I’m inside,” she said.
The students certainly showed their appreciation, swarming the gate area to get their usual drinks and snacks from the vendor.
The crowd obstructed traffic entering and exiting the school including a vehicle carrying the Ministry of Education’s logo.
Last Friday, after a two-hour long meeting between the education ministry and the school’s administration, Minister Santia Bradshaw, revealed Government had reached ‘a compromise’ on the matter.
This allowed the longest-serving vendor, Miss B, to move back onto the compound, but three of her counterparts were told they would have to apply to the board to ply their trade inside or outside the school.
At the time, the Minister said vendors would be held to a much higher standard as one of ministry’s concerns was the provision of healthier options for students.
Now, all vendors selling outside schools will soon have to satisfy certain guidelines which will be rolled out by the ministry.
Another issue was the competition the vendors posed to the school’s canteen.
On Monday afternoon, none of the other vendors showed up for work and it was unclear what their next step would be.