By BBN Staff: Minister of Education Patrick Faber, says that he intends to pay out the honorarium to the teachers that didn’t strike, regardless of heavy criticism from the opposition and other organizations.
Faber explained this week, that he does not care about the criticism of the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU), the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) or the opposition People’s United Party (PUP), because the teachers that showed up to work during the strike deserve to be compensated.
He addressed the concern that the country cannot afford the honorarium because of the state of the economy, by saying that the money can be taken from the amount of money budgeted for salaries.
Faber went on to target his critics, and even the media for what he felt was an inaccurate report of the value of the honorarium and the way that it would work.
“I’m very disappointed at that. So that all those who have gone half-cocked saying: oh, it’s a million dollars; they mis-read or they took it too far. In fact, the figures are looking more like $600 thousand dollars,” Faber said Monday
His statement stands in direct contravention to his own statements made to the media on April 3, where he announced the honorarium and its value.
“In consultation with the Prime Minister, we have agreed to set aside one million dollars that will be divided among those teachers as a small honorarium,” Faber said in the interview at the time.