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Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2021. 6:33 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A teacher from San Pedro High School is in hot water after being recorded in an online session lamenting the inattention of some of her students in a physics class.

The unnamed teacher questions “what the hell are you guys doing when I’m giving you guys the chance to do the work?”

After a student volunteers to give the answer to the question, the teacher compliments him for his participation, noting that he is one of those she regularly calls on in class, then laments that “di res a deh yaa schupid pikni right ya so – sorry fi say it like that – weh di (expletive) unu di do when I di try give unu work fi do?” After a pause, she continues, “And den da because a unu idiots a di reason why we have to have remedial class.”

We are told it is not the first time this has happened – indeed, we suspect other teachers have had, if not necessarily voiced, those feelings at times.

The school’s board of management has issued a statement announcing it would investigate in accordance with due process and the Education Rules. It stated clearly, “As an educational institution we do not support any form of student abuse by any member of our faculty, staff or vice versa.”

This evening the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology expressed its deep concern, promising “that the matter will be addressed swiftly and appropriately.”

The Ministry reminds both teachers and non-teaching staff to “always maintain the highest degree of ethical and professional standards of behaviour. As teachers and public servants, we must always champion a safe and nurturing learning environment for our children, where physical, verbal and all other forms of abuse are not condoned.

But it also acknowledges the challenging times that have kept classrooms apart, as well as brought on fatigue and mental challenges for many. It says it will work with the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU), which so far has not commented, and its other partners to do what it can to support the issues of mental health for all our stakeholders.

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