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Teacher’s Union conducting school preparedness survey

Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2020. 4:35 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) is seeking feedback from its membership on the Ministry of Education’s decision to reopen schools on August 10, through an online survey.

The survey, which assures anonymity for its participants, asks various questions regarding the levels to which teachers think the country, and their own school are prepared to reopen by the deadline set by the MOE. It includes questions such as: Who do you think should provide personal protective gear for teachers?” “Has your school developed a contingency plan for the reopening of schools on August 10th 2020?” “What is your main mode of transportation to your school of work?” and “Do you agree with the Ministry of Education’s decision to reopen schools on August 10th 2020?”

The survey also asks teachers how comfortable they are with the reopening and what level of participation if any they had in preparing the school’s contingency plan. Since last week, BNTU President Elena Smith has been giving interviews, stressing that August 10 was too ambitious a target to reopen schools and that schools will not be ready.

Smith noted that there are various aspects for reopening that school managements must take over since the MOE cannot cover those costs, but that managements are saying they can’t afford those preparations either.

Schools are set to reopen just five days before the proposed reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport, which is also raising major concerns among those in the education sector.


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