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Oct 7, 2020

Naming of Camalote School Raises Controversy

This morning, in a lengthy interview with the media, leader elect Faber defended the decision to name the preschool after Brown, despite saying he was not aware of the selection process that preceded that decision.  According to Faber, his mother is a career instructor in early childhood education and has made a name for herself in that profession over the years.  He says that notwithstanding his office as Minister of Education, Brown should not be denied the opportunity of being recognized for her contribution to education.


Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“The idea to name the preschools is not an unusual one and it is not something that is limited to my mother at all.  Remember that under the CDB project that we’re doing, we’re building something like twenty-two preschools countrywide and it is not only one preschool.  A decision was made not by me, but by my ministry, my team, to name these preschools after noted educators who have contributed particularly to early childhood education.  So it’s not only Betty Brown that we are naming a school after.  Now I think the chairman and the Camalote committee, council as you call them, have a very valid point and I am honestly very prepared to listen to that and discuss with them.  This in fact is the first time I am hearing, today or yesterday, was the first time I heard that there was some kind of an outcry from the community about it.  In fact, I don’t even know which school they had assigned the name to.  I was made aware that yes, my mother is one of the persons among others who they are considering and I make no apologies, Elizabeth “Betty” Leonie Brown-Pott, as I put in my post this morning, is my mother and it should not matter that I am her son.  She has had a long distinguished career in education, in early childhood education, more importantly.  She was one of the first certified early childhood instructors in this country.  So I don’t understand why that would be a problem and because I am her son she would be deprived of such a worthy honor.”

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