By BBN Staff: The Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) has informed its general membership and all other teachers that they will be required to renew their teaching licenses as soon as possible.
The BNTU said that the decision was made after a meeting held on Saturday, August 17, with the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Chief
Education Officer Dr. Carol Babb, and the MOE’s legal counsel Delvitt Samuels. Following the meeting, the deadline for license renewal was extended to December 1. The BNTU also said that it raised several issues with the MOE regarding the processes for license renewal and the ministry agreed that those concerns would be addressed.
The union also told teachers that, based on information gathered at the meeting, all teachers must have a valid contract in order to be in a classroom for the upcoming school year; teachers who were issued a full license in 2015 will need to apply for renewal in 2020; having a full license does not guarantee that the license renewal application will be approved; the MOE has agreed to wave the 120 hours of continuous professional development (CPD) requirement for license renewal at this time; having a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership does not qualify teachers for a full license, Pedagogy is required.
In July, the MOE had told teachers to get started on their renewals; however, the BNTU had told its membership to refrain from going through the procedures until after it held the meeting with the ministry.