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Posted: Monday, May 7, 2018. 11:44a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) has voted to withdraw donations and contributions to those school managements who deduct salaries from teachers that protested against violence in March.

BNTU President, Senator Elena Smith, told BBN today that school managers met and most decided to dock salaries from teachers.

Sources close to BBN claim that the instructions for deductions came from the Ministry of Education.

This, however, has not yet been confirmed.

Senator Smith told BBN that the decision to dock teachers salaries… “Is sending a message, whether accurate or not, that those church-state managers are not concerned about the well-being and safety of children in their schools. The same children who enable them to have schools to manage in the first place.

She added that the salary docks will not prevent the BNTU from taking a stand against crime and violence in Belize.

She informed, “It may intimidate some members but we must take a stand on such issues, especially when it affects our children.

For now it is known that an estimated 700 teachers will be affected by salary deductions.

It is unknown how much money school managers will lose as teachers hold back contributions.

This is because the percentage of each contribution varies.

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