By BBN Staff: The Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) has condemned the attack of a Salvation Army teacher by an angry parent this week.
The BNTU issued a statement today, stressing how reprehensible the act was and noting that it sheds light on the wider issue of violence against teachers being perpetrated all over the country.
“One act of violence against a teacher is one too many,” the BNTU said. “Another such incident must not be allowed and parents who abuse our teachers must face legal consequences.”
The union addressed the issue of the teacher allegedly using corporal punishment, an act that has been expressly forbidden in Belize since 2010, and notes that the allegations are serious and could lead to immediate termination if the teacher is found to have committed it.
The union said that the incident sheds light on the fact that the Ministry of Education (MOE) has failed to deliver on its promise to give teachers training on alternative forms of discipline after
banning corporal punishment. The BNTU called on the MOE to ensure that the training is delivered and to ensure that each school has its own counselor.
“We will not tolerate the Ministry of Education’s excuses for not providing essential needs that are critical for a safe environment conducive to learning,” the BNTU added.
The union also encouraged teachers countrywide to document and report any incidents of violence brought on by parents. The parent in the Salvation Army incident, whose name we will not call for child protection purposes, pleaded guilty to Wounding and was fined $2,500 due by August 30, in default 8 months’ imprisonment.