Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by this author are their own and do not represent the official position of the Barbados Today Inc.
by Patrick Gittens
I wonder why your newspaper or The Nation often seeks to get political opinions on the Democratic Labour Party from the likes of certain people.
You often seek opinions from one retired political scientist who was a paid consultant to the Barbados Labour Party under Owen Arthur and from an individual who hangs
on to the shirt tail or skirt of which ever party is in power.
In any event can someone who often speaks about his husband on the radio be expected to see things straight.
You all need to find a wider cadre of commentators who are more objective. And while I am speaking about objectivity, this haste to be rid of the Common Entrance Examination is just another example of Government attacking the legacy
of Errol Barrow.
Do not blame the moral and social decline in society on the Common Entrance Examination. I know of Harrisonians, Combermerians, Foundation boys, Lodge boys who have ended up in jail just as much as those from Parkinson or St Leonard’s or elsewhere.
There are young men from the Garrison, Ellerslie and other newer secondary schools who are employed as lawyers, bankers, auditors or others who are as much pillars of our society as those who pass through Queen’s College or St Michael.
It is about ability joining attitude and meeting with opportunity.
The result will not place everyone on the mountain top which is impossible, but those three ingredients lead to positive results.
Irrespective of what system this or any government introduces, some degree of selection or separation process must obtain.
One will do an injustice to a child who has never got beyond 30 per cent in any subject, when one places him or her in the same classroom as a child who has never gotten below 90 in any subject.
This is the real world. Unfortunately, we do not live in a utopia, nor can we create one.
Fix the social problems, provide opportunities for young people, find honest politicians [if that is humanly possible] to lead the country, return subjects like religious knowledge and ethics to the school curriculum, re-emphasise the importance of the church and Christian values, de-emphasise the noises coming from liberals seeking to make homosexuality and other vices normal, encourage strong law enforcement, de-politicised a number of civic organisations that breed corruption, free up the media from political influence and intimidation so that they can really be a Fourth Estate and not the compromised grouping that you all are.
Now pray tell, what does the 11-plus have to do with any of these problems?