Albert Swan confirmed that Education Minister Nalton Brangman completed a course he taught at the Bermuda College, and said it did not lead to a college issued certificate of any kind, however he was “satisfied that Mr. Brangman completed the course work assigned and that he attended the classes as prescribed.”
The course was designed to prepare people for the Apprenticeship Council Examination; an examination which would qualify the person as an electrician.
The issue recently came to light following an accusation by Shadow Minister of Education Walton Brown that Minister Brangman “misrepresented his qualifications.”
On 20 December 2012, Minister Brangman was appointed to the Senate, and named the Minister of Education. Requests for background information on the new Minister were unsuccessful, and last month ZBM reported that there was some discrepancy about Minister Brangman’s credentials, with the broadcaster citing sources saying it was a “problem of integrity.”
In response to the story, Minister Brangman issued the statement below:
I can confirm that I completed the Bermuda College Technical Programme, Electricity, Basic Theory and Application in 1983. Additionally, I completed the Bermuda College Technical Programme, Electricity, Advanced Theory and Application in 1985. Furthermore, the Bermuda College programs were completed with a successful grade in 1986.
Shadow Minister of Education Walton Brown responded to that statement saying it’s a “sad day when a Government Minister would seek to misrepresent his qualifications to the Bermudian public and the Minister for Education no less.”
Mr Brown called Minister Brangman’s statement “untrue,” and said he did not complete any programme. “In fact, the programmes described by the Minister have never existed at Bermuda College,” said Mr Brown.
“It is an insult to every teacher who has worked long and hard to secure their qualifications to teach our young people to have their boss misrepresent his own qualifications,” Mr Brown continued.
In a subsequent statement, Minister Brangman repeated the courses he took, and said for the avoidance of doubt his college lecturers were Mr. Albert Swan and Mr. Kelson Smith.
In a recent post on social media, Albert Swan said, “Mr. Walton Brown is going on and on about Minister Brangman’s credentials. Minister Brangman did attend classes which I taught at the Bermuda College. These classes did not lead to a college issued certificate, of any kind.
“He completed the course with me, which was a course designed to prepare him for the Apprenticeship Council Examination; an examination which would qualify him as an electrician, under Bermuda law/guideline/regulations.
“It was not required of me or the College to keep permanent records of his progress or grades. However, I(we) did maintain records of the students’ progress and their attendance so as to complete reports and to satisfy the employers as to whether their monies were being well spent.
“I was satisfied that Mr. Brangman completed the course work assigned and that he attended the classes as prescribed. Most of the students attending these were sponsored by their employers to whom the College and I were also accountable for reporting.
“I do not know if certificates/letters of attendance or participation were issued at the completion of these classes. This was not the purpose of the classes. IF he did get something from the College in writing, then I say, ‘Good for him’.
“As it stood, a person could register and take the electrical ACE whenever it was being held. Obviously, if a person had completed the classes he was better prepared. At that point it was up to the student to sit the ACE if he so wished or if his employer required it of him.
“If Mr. Brown has any additional information with regard to this then, I recommend that he give it to the College or let me know also.
“I suspect that this action is revenge for the fact that he was replaced, by the Minister, as the chairman of the Bermuda College Board of Governors,” concluded Mr Swan.