Ministry of Education blasts BNTU in press release

Posted: Friday, September 9, 2016. 9:38 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Yesterday evening the Ministry of Education and the Managing Authorities of the Pre and Primary Schools sent out a daunting release to the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU).

In the release, the Ministry expressed extreme disappointment and concerns for the lack of sufficient notice on the BTNU leadership in calling branch meetings country wide.

The release reads: “The Ministry along with Managing Authorities hereby expresses their strong disappointment with the approach taken by the (BNTU) leadership in their calling of branch meetings at such short notice. The lack of sufficient notice does not contribute to enhancing industrial relations between the BNTU, the Managements and the Ministry. Furthermore, it shows a total disregard for children and their parents affected as a result, specifically through the loss of instructional time, right at the start of the new school year, and the alternative arrangements parents have to make for their children on such short notice. We therefore express our serious concerns about the lack of sufficient notice and the consistent failure on the part of the BNTU leadership to abide by the agreed upon conditions for union meetings.”

The release ended by saying, “We, the Ministry of Education and the Managing Authorities jointly call upon the BNTU leadership to be more responsible in their approach by acting in a manner more conducive to enhanced industrial relations, and considering how their consistent lack of notice for meetings affects the lives of children and their parents.”

Later today, BBN will have more on how the BNTU branch meetings went countrywide.


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