Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Dugard Combined Tops Above National Mean Score In District 7 and Places 4th On Island.

           50% of Schools in District 7 Scored Below the National Mean in CEE 2019
It would not be a far-fetched idea to openly say that with the low numbers in the Grade 6 classes in District 7 one would expect most schools if not all to reach the National Mean of 60.09 – this was not to be  in 2019. Half of the 10 schools in the district scored below this mark.

The schools which scored above the Nation Mean in District 7 are shown in the table below:-
Dugard Combined
Laborie Boys
Piaye Combined
Mongouge Combined
Roblot Combined

Here are some stats on the recently completed Common Entrance Examinations for District 7:

1.       One hundred and sixty-eight (168) students wrote the examinations
2.       Ninety students reached or scored above the National Mean
3.       District 7 scored an average mean of 60.52
4.       District 7 placed 4th among the 8 districts island wide

The most improved schools in the district 7 are Laborie Boys, Piaye Combined, Banse, Mongouge Combined and Delcer Combined.

What are the reasons for the Banse Combined, Laborie Girls, Saltibus Combined, Rivere Doree Combined, and Reunion Primary not meeting the National Mean in the year’s Common Entrance Examinations? We can attribute this to many reasons. This post does not intend to list these reasons here but in summary the reasons
students get poor grades include external factors, such as the subject matter is too difficult, the teacher is hard to understand. Other reasons have to do with poor attitudes, such as didn't do homework and absenteeism. Finally, there are reasons related to personal issues, such as test anxiety and problems concentrating.

The stats clearly shows that 46% or approximately 78 students did not reach the National Mean. (Yet they are sent to a Secondary School…Gosh!)

Though a principal express her disappointment in her school's results she wnt on to say that the District Education Officer, Mrs Kay Nicholas, is quite satisfied with the overall results of  District 7. She went on to say that the DEO gave  lots of support  to the schools and initiated many programs to motivate the students.

Friday, June 28, 2019


Lately, I’ve been following the weekly news conference by one of the political parties on the island, and  it occurred to me that a lot of the information I am being exposed to is potentially fake.  If not completely fake, it is presented in a way that is biased towards a particular belief or viewpoint in order to appeal to like-minded people to rally viewers, listeners and followers.

It seems to me that there’s an agenda behind this type of information sharing. And it’s not an agenda rooted in truth or honesty, which frankly, is a danger to the peace and unity of our shared island.

I always have to remind myself to question the context when I hear such rhetoric that seems one-sided or untrue or improbable. What else is going on? What happened before or after? What are the credentials of the presenter, and why should I believe him or her?

What concerns me is whether other people are actually questioning the things they see and hear. And how many of us run the risk of just swallowing the information as fact without healthy interrogation to make sure the full story is told?

We are living in a time of great division and intolerance. Power seems more than ever to be generated by people and “winning” by ensuring that others are “losing”. But why can’t everybody win? Life doesn’t have to be a zero sum game, does it?

In today’s tech-driven world we have unprecedented access to issues, images, clips, factoids, opinions, facts, news (real or fake). We can see a picture that somebody wants us to see, negative or positive, but how do we know if we are getting the whole picture?

What is behind the curtain? We can’t tell what is really happening by looking at one photo or viewing a video clip. We are all susceptible and vulnerable to being swayed by dishonest, misleading, or incomplete snippets.

I always want to ask myself questions about the motives of others, but I never want to become jaded, distrustful, angry, frustrated, fearful, or violent.

Pumped up by all the hype, people can start to believe their neighbour is their enemy simply because they disagree on who has the best team or what politician they voted for.
It’s all pretty confusing and sometimes overwhelming when we are trying to cope with all the differing points of view without the confidence that all the facts are on the table.

So, what do we do? All I know is what works for me. I do my best not to get sucked in and be influenced by all the noise and fanfare and the hype. I tell myself to stay true to the values I believe in, and more importantly, to the universal values of honesty, trust, authenticity, fairness, reasonableness, acceptance and compassion.

I do my utmost best, not always successfully, not to allow myself to get steered away from positive emotions.

I choose to be generous, joyful, thankful, curious, peaceful and loving.

This is just how I try to “Keep it Real”. I’d love to hear about yours.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Band Launch: Blyss Launches For Choiseul Carnival 2018

Choiseul carnival revelers had almost given up hope on the ideal band to play mas in this year. However, Choiseul Carnival 2018 will see a new band on the streets of Choiseul Village.

The band, BLYSS which is an amalgamation of Bliss and Passion will be launched at a grand festival at the Galvaro Bar, next to the Nicholas Gas Station on Friday August 24, 2018, from 4:00 pm .

You will no doubt recall the spirit in the revelry, organisation, road music and  band sections that the organizers of a previous band had years ago. Well, this spirit has manifested itself into a new and vibrant group of young men and women who intend to make Choiseul Carnival look like what CARNIVAL in Choiseul is supposed to be.

So head down to La Fargue tomorrow to join BLYSS CARNIVAL BAND. Registration forms will be available and you will get a peek view into what the band is all about.



There is already talk of this band providing the #BestCarnivalExperience for 2018.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Making Roblot Look Nice Again?

The Roblot Community which is part of “The Forgotten Communities” has had its fair share of being forgotten time and time again regardless on the political party in power.
Sometimes I feel pity for the residents – myself included, who put all our energies into voting for a candidate (SLP or UWP) only to be shafted after elections. This must stop!

One can very well make the case that there is nothing sustainable in the community and as a result there is nothing much that can be done. Point taken! The residents of this community in which I have lived for the past 33 years don’t appear to need handouts from any politician - they rarely go to the Rep’s office. All they ask is to keep their community roads, drains and roadside up to date and of course a personal visit by the Rep to the community off and on. Is that too much to ask?
Well, the feelings of the residents must have reached the present Rep’s office because from Monday this week two or three supervisors were selected with a crew to tidy up the Forgotten Communities. A stimulus program it is being called, to “block a hole” for the most needy parents who have children attending school.

Dedanier Jn Baptiste
This blog is personally impressed with the work done by the crew headed by Dedanier Jn Baptiste. Not only was their work of a high level but it is the passion with which they tackled the work. Their aim was to uplift the appearance of the community to make it look attractive again.

In spite of all this effort, what remains of the community centre is a real eye sore in the community. At the last budget debate the Rep, Bradley Felix, mentioned that works are in the pipeline for a new centre for the residents.

"Choiseul on the Move" followed with him recently asking him where are we at now in relation to the centre? He replied, “The sketches have been presented. The challenge with Roblot is based on the funding agency condition that all these centres must have access for the physically challenged. Based on the size nof the property available it would be a challenge to construct a ramp for the top floor."

He continued, "We are looking whether we can aquire additional lands or change the orientation of the structure. The matter is being discussed and when they get back to me I will call the community meeting.”

So while we wait crews are helping uplift the appearance of the community in spite of our poor road conditions.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

What Should Emancipation Day Mean to the St Lucian Working Class?

A people without the knowledge of
their past history,origin and culture is
 like a tree without roots. ~ Marcus Garvey
The history of the New World since Columbus re-discovered it is one of conquest, pillage, exploitation and forced migration of a people. For more than three centuries millions of people were forcibly transported from their homes in Africa, across the perilous Atlantic Ocean to the New World, where they were forced to labour on sugar plantations for the rest of their lives.

This enslavement of a people continued until events in Europe changed the fortunes of the West Indian and North American colonies. Humanitarians started questioning the validity of slavery, there was competition from beet sugar producers in Europe, and the advent of the Industrial Revolution spawned the rise of a new group of influential men in the British Parliament who believed that slavery was no longer economically viable.

In 1833 Thomas Buxton presented The Emancipation Bill in Parliament. The Act was passed and came into effect on 1 August 1834. On that day, thousands of slaves in the British West Indies became free men and women. On 1 August 1838, enslaved Africans in the British Empire won their emancipation from slavery. Emancipation Day is now commemorated throughout the Anglophone Caribbean as a public holiday or national observance. 

One hundred and sixty four years later, on 1 August 1998 the government of St Lucia declared Emancipation Day a national holiday to commemorate the abolition of slavery.

Emancipation was not a gift from Britain or White abolitionists. It came from the accumulated covert and overt acts of resistance by enslaved Africans.

Emancipation Day sends a clear message to the St Lucian labouring classes that capitalism exploited their ancestors’ labour under chattel slavery and is doing the same to theirs under wage slavery.

Emancipation Day is a continued reminder of the need for British imperialism to pay reparations for the enslavement of Africans and colonial exploitation. 

Emancipation Day is a mocking memo to the African labouring classes that they live in societies in which they do not exercise political power over economic and social policies that impact their lives.

Emancipation Day is an annual announcement to the labouring classes that anti-African racism is still a source of oppression and exploitation in their their lives.

Emancipation Day is a painful reminder that working-class African women are still being clobbered by the (un)holy trinity of patriarchy, capitalism and racism. Slavery was a brutal regime of exploitation for enslaved African women.

Emancipation Day is communicating to the masses that they must organize to give birth to the Second Emancipation. This phase of emancipation calls for the elimination of racism, patriarchy, capitalism and other systems of oppression that affect the people’s lives. It also demands the self-organization of the masses.

While it is great for the people to commemorate Emancipation Day, this day must also be used to reflect, critique, assess, deliberate and plan for the next year of struggle.

August 1, 1838 or Emancipation Day tells us that humanity’s quest for freedom cannot be smothered by oppression.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Passing Stranger Saves Roblot's Small Karbarway From a Fire!

Many visitors to the quiet and peaceful community of Roblot have often labeled its residents as “fowls” for the mere fact that once it is between 7:00pm -8:00pm, you may not see a soul on the street. Hmmm, don’t fool yourself though, because there are eyes everywhere! Many are peeking behind their window blinds ever checking out what is going on outside throughout the night.

This must have been the case with Eutellie, a middle-aged lady, who at about 2:00am this morning came out  in the street, with her head tied  and shouting “Difey, difey mamai la!” repeatedly to alert residents of a fire after she was informed  of a fire at a nearby refreshment house (Karbarway).

This shop’s owner who  lives in Sauzay, about 2km away, was immediately alerted while the Fire Service Station in Vieux Fort was being informed of the fire.

Speaking to Eutellie she informed me that she saw the brightness and thought of a fire but dismissed the idea. It was almost momentarily she heard banging at the shop and then a stranger, came knocking at her door and informed her that he was driving passed and saw the shop on fire that her suspicion came to fruition.

Luckily that stranger called Dunstan is an electrician. Eutellie said that the building was already smoking heavily when Dunstan suspecting it is an electrical fire, ripped off the electrical cord connecting the shop to the LUCELEC’s mains from the building.
Thank God! Thanks to Dunstan’s expertise which saved the day. He surely deserves a reward.

The Fire Service truck arrived about 45 minutes later when all was already taken care of. Upon inspection it is alleged that among other items the shop’s refrigerators were damaged, the counter, shelves and roof charred.