By BBN Staff: During the historic eleven days of protest by the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU), Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, had instructed school managers to dock the salaries of those teachers who participated.
Minister Faber has gone on the record to express that he had no involvement in the recent decisions to dock the salaries of teachers who participated in the march against violence in mid-March.
According to him, no such instruction came from his ministry.
He added, “The ministry was consulted before the actual day by the management and the ministry made its position known that in fact there is a proper way to ask for a non-school day.”
According to him, the non-school day was never requested.
As a result, the Ministry is compelled to support school managers who want to dock the salaries of those teachers that participated in the protest.
Faber explained, “…the ministry’s position has got to be in support of any management that proceeded with that petition because that is what the regulations say ought to happen.”
“We would be acting contrary to any such regulation if we said “oh you can’t do that” when in fact if they consulted, they asked what is the position how it should be done,” he added.
Over the weekend the BNTU voted to indefinitely withhold its contributions to school managers who dock salaries.