By BBN Staff: The People’s United Party (PUP) today issued a release informing the nation that it stands in solidarity with the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) in their decision to march in Belmopan tomorrow to send a message to the Government of Belize (GOB).
The BNTU believes that the Ministry of Education (MOE) has failed to resolve the following three major issues affecting our teachers:
Teachers are unhappy with the way the MOE has handled the situation and is unilaterally re-categorizing schools in remote areas of the country for teachers at these schools to qualify for hardship allowance.
MOE/GOB is stalling the negotiations on Proposal Twenty-Two, thus, affecting the retirement pensions of various high school teachers and ancillary workers of grant aided high schools.
Commuting allowance of teachers continue to be withheld.
“Union representatives say they are fighting for the natural justice of all teachers and are utterly frustrated with the disrespect shown by the Minister of Education who has continuously been impolite to the teachers in public,” the PUP state in their release.
The PUP says that they believe that our teachers are very important to the shaping of our society as they (the teachers) are a key to inculcating values in our children and are central to the development of the country.
The PUP says that it stands with the BNTU because they deserve the utmost respect and support of all Belizeans.