Ishmael Alphonsa Roett, GCM
Former Speaker of the House of Assembly of Barbados
Ishmael Alphonsa Roett is a Barbadian poitician and a former Speaker of the House of Assembly of Barbados.
Early life and educaiton
Ishmael Alphonsa Roett holds the B.A. (English and Economics) Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University the West Indies (1973). He pursued a postgraduate course in the teaching of Reading at Columbia University (1977).
Roett served the Barbados Government in the field of education from 1963, teaching English at the Secondary level from then to 1975. His assignments included teaching at his alma mater, the Combermere School, Lynch’s Secondary School, St. Leonard’s Secondary, St. Lucy’s Secondary as well as the Government’s Evening Institute. He became a tutor at Erdiston Teachers’ Training College in 1975.
He taught English to Primary and Secondary School Teachers and trained teachers up to 1994 when he retired from the Government’s teaching service to enter politics. He has continued, along with his political duties, to give his service to education through his commitment to the Barbados ‘O’Level Institute.
In 1971, Roett started the Barbados ‘O’Level Institute which has become locally and regionally known as a premier institution for students who require Ordinary Level, Caribbean Examinations Council and Advanced Level qualifications for further studies at the tertiary level.
Roett entered Parliament in 1994 as the representative for St. Michael Central on a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) ticket. He was re-elected in 1999 and 2003.
He served as Speaker of the House of Assembly of Barbados from 1994 to 2007.
He did not contest any further elections.
Honours and awards
In 2000, Roett was awarded the Gold Grown of Merit (GCM) in recognition of his contribution to education.