Polytechnic Gets Name Change

Joy-Ann Gill Top Stories

One of Barbados’ top technical and vocational institutions has changed its name. The Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic has been renamed the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI), to reflect the new initiatives and programmes that have brought it into contemporary times. At last Thursday’s renaming ceremony at Wildey, St. Michael, Minister of Education, Ronald Jones, described it as a …

Maria Holder Nursery School Opens

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Another state-of-the-art school has officially opened, with Education Minister Ronald Jones lauding the generosity of The Maria Holder Memorial Trust and extolling the strides made in early childhood education since the1960s. Maria Holder Nursery School, Oldbury, as it is called, currently houses 72 pupils, a figure which is expected to move to 90 come January. Its presence has now brought …

Jones: 6th Forms Not About Competition

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Competition is not the motivator behind the increasing numbers of sixth forms across the island. Education Minister, Ronald Jones stressed this yesterday at the commissioning of the new sixth form at the Alleyne School, where the first cohort was congratulated “for venturing into the unknown” in their selection of the institution at Belleplaine, St. Andrew. “There is no competition. This …

Teachers & Partners Lauded By Minister

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The dedication shown by this island’s teachers and those who partner with Government to meet the educational needs of students has not gone unnoticed. This was made clear last Saturday night as Education Minister, Ronald Jones, addressed the graduation ceremony for 60 teachers who undertook studies leading to either the MSc. in Education in Early Childhood Settings or a postgraduate …

Education Minister: All Schools Are Good

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There is no good school or bad school in Barbados, says Education Minister, Ronald Jones. This emphatic statement was made last evening as the Minister addressed the 2017 graduating class of St. Bartholomew’s Primary School, at Sunbury Plantation in St. Philip. Calling it “a dangerous syndrome” that had crept into the lexicon of Barbadians, Mr. Jones said: “I don’t believe …

Donors’ Generosity Lauded By Minister

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The generosity of philanthropists who continue to donate to education was again applauded by this island’s Education Minister, Ronald Jones, who has linked it to the island’s high achievements. This came today as Mr. Jones addressed a handover ceremony of several reading materials to primary schools across the island, at Blackman and Gollop Primary School, Staple Grove, Christ Church. Expressing gratitude …

Digital Assessment Under Consideration

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While the policy for the use of cell phones in schools will be coming shortly, Education Minister Ronald Jones is also letting teachers know that the digital assessment of students’ work is also on the cards. Mr. Jones, who also bears responsibility for Science, Technology and Innovation, disclosed this today while at the Blackman and Gollop Primary School, Staple Grove, …

Jones To Teachers: Write More

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Barbadian teachers and leaders in the school have again been urged to write more and provide “good” material for use here and further afield. This call came today from Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ronald Jones, as he addressed a handover ceremony of literacy material, at the Blackman and Gollop Primary School, Staple Grove, Christ Church. “If they …

Kits To Aid With Ministry’s STEM Programme

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Education Minister, Ronald Jones, has lauded the philanthropic efforts of British company Morphun Education, which today donated 72 kindergarten construction kits and 72 primary school level construction kits to his Ministry’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Programme. The presentation, which took place this morning in the Ministry’s conference room at the Elsie Payne Complex, was part of an initiative …

Jones: Education Should Never Be Wasted

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Education Minister Ronald Jones believes the single greatest contribution to the development of Barbados has been education and it should not be wasted. The Minister shared this view today as he addressed those gathered at the Erdiston Teachers’ Training College, following the arrival of the Commemorative Broken Trident and the re-launch of the college’s magazine, The Erdistonian. Acknowledging that Barbados …