Teachers affected by high school merger meet with BNTU
Kathleen Flowers (BNTU)
Wednesday, May 28, 2014.AARON HUMES Reporting: For the last month or so there have been reports that the Ministry of Education intends to merge three Southside Belize City high schools – Maud Williams High School, Sadie Vernon Technical High and Excelsior High School.
But the Ministry has kept quiet thus far and as the school year draws to a close, many questions – including that of the fate of the more than 50 educators affected – remain unanswered.
On Wednesday evening there was a meeting hosted by the Belize National Teachers’ Union’s Belize City branch at its headquarters off Mercy Lane.
President of the Belize District Branch of the Union, Kathleen Flowers, said that they have begun the process of dialogue with the teachers and the Ministry.
The purpose of the meeting, said Flowers, was to find out the facts and what the teachers know, so that the Union can help them achieve due process.
It plans to raise the matter with the Ministry at a later date.
We gather that there has been little to no communication with the teachers at any of the schools, though none would speak to us on the record.
The Ministry intends to introduce a CXC School Leaving Certificate Curriculum that emphasizes competency.
But it is not clear how the program will be implemented and what happens to what is already being taught at each Government-managed institution.
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