Friday, May 16, 2014.AARON HUMES Reporting: After several years of a national celebration of teachers to close out Education Week, a financial dispute between the Ministry of Education and Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) returned Teachers’ Day to a mostly local celebration.
The Union could not come up with its expected share of expenses because of excessive spending over the course of this year. But they insist that they were not trying to spite the Ministry, as alleged earlier this week by Minister Patrick Faber.
Today in Belize City, the Belize District Branch of the Union and the Belize District Education Centre hosted activities at the BTL Park.
The Minister was keynote speaker and called the names of a few of his own teachers before saying that what separated them from the rest was “heart” – an instinctive appreciation of the value and worth of children.
He added that all he does as Minister is to provide the fertile ground on which the seeds of tomorrow grow.
The District Education Centre’s Nelma Mortis told reporters that this year’s event is a bit more comfortable for teachers despite the disappointment.
1,000 teachers were expected at the local ceremony, which was replicated countrywide and featured special items put together by teachers themselves.
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