By Aaron Humes: The University of Belize contends that today was a normal workday for its staff and school day for its students.
The February 19 memo from Chief Education Officer, Dr. Carol Babb, which formally granted a ‘non-school’ day to allow for teachers, administrators and students to participate in the rally organized by the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, it turns out, does not apply to the University, as clarified by Ministry Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Domingo.
Writing to the University, President Dr. Clement Sankat explains that the University was not addressed by the memo and that the memo, under the 2000 Education Rules, specifically addresses those to whom it applies.
Dr. Sankat goes on to state that no memo specifically not mentioning, or endorsed by himself as President of The University of Belize has no effect. The University is governed by its own Act and Board of Trustees and that group has decided that any approval for non-University days must be decided on and approved by them and communicated to faculty, staff and students by the President.
The statement does not indicate what will happen to those students who walked out of campus in Belmopan this morning and reached Belize City in the early afternoon to attend the National Trade Union Congress of Belize rally.