Government will withhold salaries for teachers on strike

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2016. 11:26 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Yesterday, a memo from the Ministry of Education was sent to all general managers of government and government aided primary schools and Boards of Deans of government and government aided colleges to request the attendance of school teachers during the strike.

The memo states: “The Government of Belize/ Ministry of Education will be withholding its contribution toward the salaries for individual teachers for the days when those teachers were on strike. This will apply to all government and grant-aided schools. In the case of secondary schools, where the managing authority of a school took the decision to call off school, in anticipation of the strike action, notwithstanding their mandate to keep schools open, the Government’s contribution to salaries, plus any grant amount above that for services will be withheld for the number of days that the school was close.”

It further instructs managers, “Managing Authorities have already been asked to submit the required information on attendance of teachers and on school closures during the strike, in order for the necessary adjustments to government’s contribution to be made.”

A deadline was given to managing authorities to submit all this information by the end of Wednesday, October 19 and failure to do so would result in teachers salaries being delayed.

It ends by reminding managers that it is their responsibility to keep schools open and keep attendance records at all times in particular during strike.


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