Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018. 4:34 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) issued a stern press release today documenting its frustrations with the Ministry of Education (MOE).
The statement recounted that on September 28, the BNTU called a press conference where it addressed the re-categorization of hardship allowances and time off to collect salary.
We had previously reported that the BNTU had visited several schools to understand the hardships of its teachers.
One such alarming visit was at the Graham Creek primary school.
The statement added that on the day of the said press conference it highlighted that a correspondence was received from the Ministry of Education through the Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Deborah Domingo, inviting the BNTU’s input to resolve the matter.
According to the BNTU, it had made clear it wanted to address this matter via face to face consultations.
“We felt it imperative to discuss with the Ministry and Managers the concerns we gathered from our teachers on the ground who have been disenfranchised,” said the statement.
The statement revealed that on October 1st and again on October 8th email correspondents were sent from the BNTU to both CEO Domingo and the Chief Education Officer, Dr Carol Babb.
However, in both instances there has been absolutely no response.
“This is of tremendously grave concern to the union, ” said the release.
“It becomes obvious then that the BNTU has been stone walled and prevented from effectively representing the teachers of this nation,” the statement continued.
The BNTU also reminded that it was supposed to have met with Education Minister, Patrick Faber, on October 2nd to discuss proposal 22 which was one of the agenda matters on the October 2016 protests.
However, no meeting has yet been held.
The BNTU warns that this blatant disrespect will not be tolerated.
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