PM Gonsalves and GHS Headmistress about to clash?

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, Soleil Gonsalves & GHS Headmistress Andrea Bowman

According to a well placed confidential source, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and GHS Headmistress, Andrea Bowman seem headed for a clash over a disciplinary matter.  Our source  in the Ministry of Education indicates that Soleil Gonsalves, daughter of PM Gonsalves was in possession of a cell phone that rang during an examination that she was sitting along with other students in her class.

In keeping with the widely known GHS policy of “zero tolerance” for cell phones in an examination room, young Ms Gonsalves was penalized. She was disqualified from the examination as per the school rules. This in effect meant that Ms Gonsalves was to be awarded zero marks for the examination in question.

Vinci Kallaloo understands that some time later, PM Gonsalves called the head mistress, Mrs Bowman and insisted that the decision to punish his daughter must be rescinded!  It is alleged that the Prime Minister even indicated that the “zero tolerance” policy regarding cell phones in school is wrong.  However, Mrs Bowman stuck to her guns and let the prime minister know that Soleil Gonsalves had breached the regulations and she should therefore bear the consequences like anyone else.

Not satisfied with Mrs Bowman’s position, PM Gonsalves called on the Chief Education Officer Ms Luann Gilchrist to intervene in the matter. Ms Gilchrist later contacted Mrs Bowman and among other things, called on her to revise the policy and to reverse the decision to impose a penalty on Soleil Gonsalves for her breach of he school’s regulations. Once again, Mrs Bowman stuck to her guns and insisted that the policy will remain and that Soleil Gonsalves must bear the consequencs of her action.

Meanwhile, the GHS teaching staff got wind of the situation and decided to throw their full support behind their headmistress. It is reported that the staff met and took a decision to march on the PM’s office if undue pressure is brought on Mrs Bowman to change the school’s policy or rescind the decision to punish young Soleil Gonsalves for breaching the school’s regulations.

Vinci Kallaloo is monitoring the situation. More will be posted as information come to light.

42 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by vin jobe on December 5, 2011 at 2:57 am

    This mess you all call prim minister always changing rules to protect him and his family or closed friends, he is the real demon in hell.

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  2. Posted by keith stewart on December 5, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Miss Bowman i must tell you that the probability that you may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.Injustice is relatively easy to bear ;what stings is justice. stick to you guns .if there is a law ,why is it only for the ones whom are not in authority?

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  3. rules are rules if the prime minister thinks his daughter was treated unfairly ,comrade you are treating the people of st vincent un fairly ,rules are rules follow them

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  4. Posted by grace on December 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I think that the prime minister think his daughter is above everyone else ,but rules are rules ,she should not have her cell phone ring in the first place it should have been turn off ,Ralph you are an arrogant and selfish individual ,you your self should not make a big deal from this tell your daughter rules are rules and you have to follow them ,just like your workers have to follow your rules, your daughter must follow the school rules ,i went to Ghs and find nothing wrong with their rules so leave it alone before you turn out to be more dumb than you are .

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  5. Posted by Peter on July 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    There is not a person in the whole world who doesn’t know that you can’t have a cell phone in an exam room. It can be used to cheat, but I suppose the Doctor never thought of that.
    Lets cut all the crap.

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  6. Posted by Foxy on July 18, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I personally think that the rule should stay in schools and that no parent should question what the rules are because we were once students and when we got older we took these rules with us so that is why we are who we are today. Rules are meant to be followed if we keep breaking them what would this world be. So no parent or politician or doctor or any one of high standards should question about rules.

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  7. Posted by no nonsense on July 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    The Prime Minister says to let Soliel’s zero stand as is. He told his daughter that he has no sympathy for her for having the cell phone in the exam room. However, as a parent he has a right like any other parent, to query whatever relates to his child. Let us for one moment..put the politics and the hatred for Ralph Gonsalves aside. What would you have done had it been your daughter? I’m waiting.

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    • It depends eh…if he instrcuted the C.E.O to intervene this is an overeach. Pity that his general propensity for dissimulation leads me to distrust what he says, instead examine his motives.

      What I am looking for is Bowman’s leave. If the latter was indeed given leave and will be replaced, then this torpedoes the “concerned parent” argument and reveals ralph for the unreasonable PM that bodes no diparity of opinion they [quite understanderably] claim he is.

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    • Posted by Max on July 23, 2011 at 10:51 am

      RULES ARE RULES…He has the right to question the law….BUt what can you question it and say?…it is the POLICY…..if my child was in that Position, she would have to bear the consequences because I KNOW THE RULE…..the P.M knows the rules too…but he is trying to overide it with his POWER…concerned about what? that the teacher’s doesn’t like her b/c of policitcs…WHERE IS THE PROOF? the point is ot about liking any1….the oint is she broke a rule….You people are very BIASED

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  8. Posted by x on July 8, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    It’s amazing how quick people are to comment on situations when they don’t have all the facts…pieces of lies spliced in here and there to make it interesting. Such a shame

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  9. Posted by spicez on July 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    That’s right MRS BOWMAN I agree with you because I am a past student of GHS and I did get a rule book STATING THAT NO CELL PHONES ARE ALLOWED IN EXAMS AND ON THE COMPOUND. So how Mr Gonsalves and his daughter could say they did not know the rules. And this is the second daughter for Mr Gonsalves passing through GHS. So I think what he is saying is TOTAL CRAP. So where is Mr and Mrs Gonsalves when there are PTA Meetings, Where all these things and more are discussed.

    This is another ATTO SAM SITUATION SO WE ARE WAITING TO SEE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN.

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  10. Posted by Saadiss on July 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    UPDATE: It appears that my initial assumption was correct in that the GHS and Ministry of Education have a DIFFERENCE OF POLICY about Cell phones. I understand that CXC is using this rule concerning cell phones…granted, CXC is a Regional institution sanctioned by the Regional Governments and recognized by some institutions outside of the Region; so one can make some reasonable argument for such a rule, plus most of the persons taking these exams are young adults and older..by the you ready to write your CXC etc, you should really know better…yes I AM MAKING A DISTINCTION BETWEEN CXC AND GHS…WHAT?

    So here are some questions that is popping into my head, is the GHS an institution onto itself, answerable to no one? Is the GHS implementing rules contrary to the Ministry of Education? Has the Ministry of Education taken a similar stance in regards to other previous cases of this nature? Anyway, this is an issue, where the rules concerning cell phones should be mandated by the Ministry of Education and implemented across EVERY SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY. No one school should implement such DRACONIAN RULE WITHOUT THE AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNING BODY…which seems to be the case judging from the response of the Ministry of Education.

    All you fools here jump on Gonsalves like two buller man walking through kingstown holding hands….laaaawd!! Hey give the man the benefit of doubt for once nah…the man didn’t know such rule existed[wink wink]…lol

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  11. Posted by Derrick on July 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Do your thing Andrea

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  12. Posted by B on July 7, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I hope all this thing is not being blown out proportion. The PM said today at his press conference that he did not call Mrs Boman and he never ask anyone to rescind the results.

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  13. Posted by Marlene on July 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    This policy is EVERYWHERE! who does Ralph think he is and what message is he sending to the other children of our nation? That his daughter is above the law. It will be a sad day in our nation’s history if he is allowed to punich Mrs Bowman for adhering to the policies of her institution. The entire staff need to strike in protest. No exam results should be given if anything is done to Mrs Bowman and they all need to refuse to teach under anyone else if she is chastised. Let’s see him find a full staff to run the school for the new schoool year.

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    • Posted by gangsta rock on July 6, 2011 at 7:50 am

      THERE ARE A LOT OF LABOUR HAGS WORKING AT THAT SCHOOL INCLUDING A FAMOUS FEMALE LABOUR HAG WHO HAGS A WEDNESDAY EVENING PROGRAMME ON THE HAG STATION. THEY WILL NEVER PROTEST THEY WANT THEIR JOBS AND TRUST ME THE PM IS NOT AFRAID TO GET RID OF ALL OF THEM IF HE HAS TO TO GET HIS WAY!

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    • Posted by Barry on July 6, 2011 at 9:18 am

      Everyone knows that Vinci kalaloo is an online tablloid yet everyone is so quick to swallow every word of this article. Has any of you stopped to consider that this story may be very far fetched? Has anyone stopped to ask if these series of events happpened the way Vk is reporting?. I happen to know for a fact that the child did have a phone and it rang before the exam not during the exam and yes she was given zero but was allowed to take the exam ( I really dont know why this was allowed), However the PM never called and demanded anything of the priniciipal. The parents did not understand why the child got zero and was yet allowed to set the exam.. And as a result the mother called to find out why she was givne zero yet was allowed to write the exam. This am surre any concerned parent would do.. Mrs Bowman was nevver sent on leave and the child still was ahead of her class. This whole thing got blown out of proportion and those of us who thrive on lies just ran with it. It would be good if next time instead of jumping to all sorts of conclsions, we check to see how much of the information is true,

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  14. Posted by Saadiss on July 1, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Vincikallaloo, I am directing this question to you, since you are the author of this story…IS THERE A COMPREHENSIVE POLICY BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION ON THE USE OF CELL PHONES WITHIN THE SCHOOLS IN SVG? Cause it seems that the Ministry and the GHS are at odds as to what is the exact rule…is the GHS ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY IN VIOLATION OF THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION’S OWN POLICY OR THINKING?

    I think the Principal is OVER ZEALOUS IN her ruling…unless there is EVIDENCE THAT THE YOUTH WAS CHEATING USING HER CELL PHONE OR OTHERWISE… THEN THIS IS THE HEIGHT OF IGNORANCE TO DISQUALIFY THE YOUTH FROM DOING HER EXAMS ON SUCH TRIVIAL MATTER! The most that should have happened is the CONFISCATION OF THE CELL PHONE….this is OVER REACHING BY THE PRINCIPAL; AND IF THIS IS THE RULE CONCERNING CELL PHONES, THEN IT NEEDS TO CHANGE.

    This is an issue that is bedeviling school administrators around the world and there is no EASY SOLUTION…but personally, I don’t believe in ZERO TOLERANCE in this situation…kids will be kids…and you have to give them chances to modify their behavior…so I think a THREE STRIKE RULE should be in place…if a kid is found in breach of the cell phone rules a third time…then he or she is suspended and the phone confiscated…Zero tolerance should be for CHEATING and grievous bodily harm….NOT CELL PHONE USE…of course if a student put a cell phone under the teacher’s dress..then yes…zero tolerance….but then again..I used a mirror and was just given a stern warning by Ms B..LOL.

    Gonsalves maybe a C@#$..but given the information at hand.. I agree with him in asking to rescind the penalty…yes the kid should be disciplined, no question about that…but this punishment is overkill in my book…let the youth do her exams…

    By the way, the news is saying that Ms Bowman was SENT on leave…well if this is the truth and its stemming from this incident…well let me see how much backbone the teachers Union really have..or at least the teachers at GHS…will they stand aside and watch their Principal get thrown under the bus?…It would be interesting to see the editorial of the Searchlight on this issue…Gonsalves has a point…but he will loose it, if it appears that he is victimizing the Principal.

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    • Posted by Jan David on July 13, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      # 1: Comrade’s daughter wasn’t the first to be punished in this way.

      # 2: Even Searchlight after a long waffling editorial which went in many directions concluded as follows: “We feel the GHS acted correctly in the interest of all its students.” (12 July 2011).

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      • Posted by sadam on September 10, 2011 at 9:47 am

        comrads daughter wasn’t the first child to be punished this way. but comrad is the first parent to challenge the ruling. All you dumb asses sat back and accepted your children situation without question. The comrad will always be the comrad for standing up. if the child forgot to turn off her cell why couldn’t that be overlooked? you fooks just came in to cell technology and you gobbling like turkeys about the right to have a cell phone in school or class, or other places. If cell phones are such a bother why are so many sold?

        schools implement a lot of fookup off the book rules that hinder you kids in one way or the other. stand up for your kids!!!

  15. Posted by laybahhag on June 30, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Would you ask for some leniency should your child happen to do something bad in school?

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  16. Posted by marvene on June 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I respect Ms.Bowman for sticking to the rules.
    Any other student caught violating the rules must suffer the consequences and so should this one regardless of her parentage. If the young lady can’t obey the rules she should look for another school–or her brilliant parents can tutor her at home!!!

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  17. Posted by Lonney on June 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    The PM has absolutely respect for rules, procedure and policy. This attitude has been displayed by him over and over again.
    What an insult to the Vincentian people again.

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  18. Posted by Franklyn Graham on June 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    What good for the goose is good for the gander. The head teacher is quite right in her judgement

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  19. Posted by ghettoyouth on June 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Well well, Please go to the Dpp and have him nollipros that one,no one is above the law ok.well done Miss B stick to your guns cost you what it may.you are right on this one ok.

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  20. Posted by concerned parent on June 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Am smelling transfere for the whole staff ,hard areas come next school year,but if you have to suffer for righteousness sake then be it.If its my son or daughter its all well,who’s ralph and his child.I say good going Mrs bowman,stand your grounds ,be a lady of pride and dignity.

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  21. Posted by A on June 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Prince Charles went to Gordonstoun IN scotland particularly selected for tis discipline he often complained to his grandma queen Elizabeth how he felt forgotton and left alone he got no preferential treatment at Gordonstoun

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  22. Posted by On looker on June 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    My bet is that this situation will be dealt with in private by the ULP clan and next term we will have a new National policy on cell phones in all schools:Maybe we will start using cell phones to do exams and some people will even start “”justifying”” the great initiative from our Great and ever so powefull comrade leader.(go and read animal farm)
    Do not be shocked if Mrs B get the transfer or just simple apologise and call off the fight.

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  23. Posted by Louise on June 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I agree that cell phones should be turned off in the class rooms but to insist on a “Zero Tolerance” policy regarding cell phones in school is wrong.

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    • Posted by Natz on June 29, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      it was during an exam. All examinations council that I have taken exams with all have this policy.

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    • Posted by Earlyn Warren on June 30, 2011 at 10:51 am

      No Louise it is not wrong. British schools like a lot of educational establishment worldwide have a zero tolerance to Cell/ mobile phones being on during class time. Yyou can be suspended from school for this.If you are caught with it on during a test or examination you are automatically disqualified.

      To show you how strict the educational establishment here in the UK is, if your child is constantly absent from school the parent is dragged in to the school for a dressing down. If you take your child out of school to go on holidays without the school permission on your return, be prepared to be charged and go before a Magistrate.

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  24. Posted by Earlyn Warren on June 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Andrea is right,no educational establishment allows a mobile phone in an examination or in a classroom.Not even at University are you allowed to have
    your phone on during lectures.
    It makes no difference whether the child in question is the Prime Ministers, Prince Charles Child or Gatty Boogaloo. The rules and regulations are the rules and regulations.
    You allow individuals to have their phones on during tests or exams, what is to stop them texting the question to someone outside and getting the answers?
    What next, you can have your text books on your desk during examinations because if you are not allowed, it contravenes your Human Rights?
    Ralph Gonsalves needs to start acting like he have an education and common sense and not a Jack ass.

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  25. Posted by Hannah on June 29, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Well I am truly happy that someone has the guts to stand up for what they know is right. No one is above another, Mr. Gonsalves’ daughter is no exception to the rules, she knew the rules therefore she should have followed them. Can’t believe that he had the audacity to ask for the ruling to be ‘rescinded’.

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  26. Posted by KS784 on June 29, 2011 at 8:26 am

    LOLLL.. Mrs Bowman knows she have the ‘trump card’ in all these situations, Searchlight newspaper, that Gonsalves HAVE to rely on to publish what he wants to make things ‘look good’. Is no way he goin trouble daughter n mammy n sissy ain jump in…..LOL.

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  27. Posted by Past Student on June 29, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Ralph barking up the wrong tree here..Just because he is the PM it does not give him the right to disrespect school policy. He should be ashamed of himself. Breaking rules seems second nature to him. He believes he can do whatever he likes and get away with it. He is pushing his luck too far now. It’s time someone stood up to him and I am very proud of Mrs Bowman’s response and the fact that the staff supports her fully. How dare Ralph try to twist their arm!!! He is a disgrace to our country and our people.

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  28. Posted by gangsta rock on June 28, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Own the campaign, Own the government, Own the Parliament, Own the laptops, Own the school, Own the stupid senior civil servants, OWN THE PHACKING COUNTRY – WHEN ARE THESE CHIEFS AND PERMANENT SECRETARIES GONNA STAND UP TO THESE POLITICIANS? GOOD GOING MRS. BOWMAN BUT THIS MIGHT BE THE END OF YOU AT THE GHS! LOOK OUT!

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  29. Posted by Jenny on June 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    what is good for the goose is also good for the gander.

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