Monday 24 February, 2020

BCC student-protest action averted

Students of the Hospitality Institute, Barbados Community College (BCC) found themselves out of the classroom last week following an incident which took place between the Director of the Institute and the Acting President of the Student Guild.

Students of the Hospitality Institute, Barbados Community College (BCC) found themselves out of the classroom last week following an incident which took place between the Director of the Institute and the Acting President of the Student Guild.

It appears as though tensions between the Students' Guild at the Barbados Community College (BCC) and administration have cooled. 

Last Wednesday, an incident took place at the PomMarine Campus in Christ Church between the Director of the Hospitality Institute and the Acting President of the Guild, Kobbie Broomes. Loop News was informed that the two parties came to high words after students, who had attended an approved Guild meeting during their lunch hour were barred from returning to class for being outside of the 15-minute grace period. Out of the incident the Guild sent a strongly worded letter to the Acting Principal, Dr. Cheryl Weekes, demanding that the Director and the tutor in question apologize for the "uncouth behaviour exhibited".

The letter threatened "escalated action" if this and other conditions affecting the students of the PomMarine Campus were not addressed by Monday, November 6. Conditions included inadequate ventilation in the student lounge, unsanitary conditions in the female restrooms, transportation for student with after hour classes and allegations that tutors were blantantly disrespecting and targeting students. 

BCC Campus Registrar, Roger Worrell told Loop News College administration was actively seeking to resolve student concerns. He acknowledged there were issues which were affecting the students at the PomMarine campus, adding administration had met with the Student Guild to give students the opportunity to air their grievances. Worrell gave the assurance that the concerns of the students will be addressed as long as they follow "the proper protocols and procedures."

 

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