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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018. 8:00 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:Every year, one day is set aside to celebrate and to honor the teachers of Belize who have and continue to educate the nation’s children.

This year, it seems there will be no such celebration as had been scheduled at the Civic Center.

That is because the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) is strapped for cash.

According to Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, “This is not the first time that [they] have sought to have a national day and the BNTU has been in partnership on all of those occasions.”

He claims that in the past the BNTU was asked to cover one-third of the expenses. While it didn’t meet the full one third it certainly made a significant contribution.

According to Faber, the BNTU has indicated that it cannot make any contributions this year.

He finds it unacceptable because teachers pay a monthly contribution to the BNTU and so they should be able to cover a portion of the expenses.

He informed, “They have not said we can’t meet one-third of the expense, they have said they will give absolutely nothing, that is what I understand.”

According to Faber, he sees this as the BNTU’s unwillingness to celebrate the work of the country’ teachers.

“I hope that their members do not allow that to slide,” he sighed.

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