Union Welcomes Kalmar Richards Appointment

December 22, 2017

Principal Kalmar Richards Bermuda Oct 2017The appointment of Kalmar Richards as the new acting Commissioner of Education has been welcomed by the Bermuda Union of Teachers.

Union leaders said it was vital that there was some stability within the Education Department, which has seen a succession of Ministers and Commissioners.

BUT President Shannon James said that Mrs. Richards was an excellent Principal who was well qualified to take on the Commissioner’s role.

He added: “We have had much instability within the top levels of education and we are ready to move on and work closely with Mrs Richards to help further improve the quality of education.”

Dr. Edmond Heatley left in April 2014 after only seven months in the job and was replaced by an acting Commissioner, Dr. Lou Matthews, who was acting for three months.

He was then replaced by Dr Freddie Evans, who was appointed as Commissioner of Education in March last year, with a legal dispute now surrounding his removal from the position.

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  1. clearasmud says:

    “BUT President Shannon James said that Mrs. Richards was an excellent Principal who was well qualified to take on the Commissioner’s role.”

    If Mr James believes this can he please site those qualifications and please explain why the union has not come out against the government advertising overseas for a new commissioner? The public’s was lead to believe that no Bermudian was qualified for this post since no one had ever done it before. As such we believed that Mr. Evans was the best qualified Bermuda Resident for this post having worked beside the former commissioner and acted in the role for 2 years.

    • Lloyd says:

      Mrs Richards ran a tight ship at cedarbridge now if she steps on someone’s toes in this position will she be replaced also.

  2. frank says:

    MR Evans needs to be compensated it seems like if you are not part of a clique you don’t get a job in Bermuda not even if you are Bermudian
    there are more than 2 Bermuda’s
    like the fret boy’s lodge boy’s and sorority girl’s

  3. Rocky5 says:

    24 -12 is VERY POWERFUL – Bermuda Union of Teachers just doing what they’re TOLD to do by Minister Rabain!!

  4. puzzled says:

    Another friends and family appointment.

    Enjoy your waning years Bermuda/ians

    • Apollo Creed says:

      You mean because the PEOPLE didn’t vote oba<UBP? Best Christmas Gift ever.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        I wonder how much this year’s Christmas gift ,as you call it , is going to cost each and every one of us ?
        Their first gift to us ended up costing us over $40,000 each .
        (But you prolly don’t know anything about that , eh ?)

  5. Foggowise says:

    Sit back and watch. Mrs Richards will do the job and do it well. You will set a high standard and put policies and expectations in place to ‘turn Bermuda right around’. She does not play and will hold you accountable. She is called and is fair yet firm.

    We will know the data and hear the data speak. Change will come based on this data and not a feeling.

    If you are in he Education system…my advice is do what you have been hired/called to do.

    A Boldly Ambitious change is going to happen…she is prayed up and she will let the Lord fight the battles she does not have to fight.

    In this I am CONFIDENT!

    Mrs. Kalmar Richard’s God bless and keep you is my prayer.

    Bermuda, get on board and enjoy where we are going.

    All that I think say and do will be excellent because Kalmar Richard’s is an individual of Excellent.

    Respice Finem that one.


  6. Triangle Drifter says:

    Well there you go. A union member is appointed head to watch over union members. Perfect.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      It’s that ‘Bermuda Standard’ we’ve been hearing about so much lately.

    • wahoo juice says:

      Don’t get any more transparent than that.

  7. Infidelguy says:

    No doubt that Friends and family is in play here.

    The PLP is a pathetic political party!

    PLP = Pathetic Labor Party.

  8. cpm says:

    All is good in our schools-the mold has suddenly all disappeared under the plp