Please permit me a few paragraphs to express my sympathy to the family and friends of Edwardo Bar reios. In my opinion he was one of the best lecturers at the University of Guyana and a great lost to the university. Mr Barreios as he was often called by Social Science students, more so Business Management students, was love and fear in the same breath. His lectures were unconventional − no textbooks, some ABC examples to explain his calculations and his occasional smoke breaks. The debt to Mr Barreios in terms of the subject area in which he lectured was exceptional, whether, it was MNG111 (Business Mathematics) a course which caused nightmares for a lot of business students, or other courses including Manage-ment Science, Small Business Management and/ Production Management, just to name a few. They were always challenging to the degree of forcing most students to defer his courses to the summer in the hope of it being easier.
Mr Barreios wasn’t fluent in English but he always managed to explain his calculations even if it meant us laughing at how he pronounced certain words.
His class was one of those classes you never wanted to miss as a student. Rain or blackout you made a special effort to be there. You may try missing other courses and collect notes, but in most cases you would never try that with him. While doing his exams whether an assignment, midterm or final exams, I always felt like this was what a university exam should be like.
Mr Barreios’s exams were very complex and I felt if I could pass his exams I would pass any other. He should be remembered as an eccentric, intelligent and dedicated lecturer who raised the bar of lecturing at the University of Guyana.
Junior Andrew Hercules