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Posted: Tuesday, April 4, 2017. 8:44 am CST.

By BBN Staff: According to News 5, the Ministry of Education will reward “loyal” teachers this Easter.

Readers will recall that the Ministry of Education and the BNTU had gone to court after the Ministry wanted to set the dates that teachers would make up for the lost time during their sustained strike action in October last year.

The final agreement was that six days of make-up would be taken from the first three days given for the Easter break and the start of the summer vacation.

In October during the strike action by the union, some teachers still showed up to classes and in January as well despite having no classes.

The Government of Belize will now share 1 million dollars to thank these teachers for their service.

In an interview with News 5, Education minister Patrick Faber stated:

 “As I’ve always said to those who advocated for us to simply pay the teachers that were on strike, it is not as easy as doing that. There were those teachers who diligently went to work throughout the eleven days of the strike and of course there were those who went in January when the Ministry along with the managing authorities of schools agreed on those days – the six days, if you’ll remember; that were make-up days – the third, fourth, fifth and sixth of January were supposed to be the first four of the make-up days and of course you know the history of that.”

Faber also said that while they cannot pay compensation fully for those teachers who attended school on those days, they thought it would be important to honor them.

Faber also mentioned that this was agreed upon after consultation with Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the amount would be 1 million to be divided among those teachers.

The school managements are submitting the information of those teachers and the money will be divided among them. Faber said that he hopes that the money can be distributed to them before the Easter break.

The monies will be deposited into their accounts for “compensation”.

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