By Aaron Humes: Following a meeting today the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) has agreed to move forward with the president-elect Ruth Shoman, who has rescinded her resignation issued on Monday and will take office as planned on July 3.
Outgoing president Senator Elena Smith told reporters that she was “disappointed” by Shoman’s handling of her resignation, particularly the suggestion that she, Smith, failed to speak up on Shoman’s behalf as she was being “dragged” by fellow members of the Council of Management following her election victory at the Union’s Convention in April.
“Membership elected her and she is going to be the president. We move forward with that. At the end of the day, we are one BNTU, and as [with] every other organization there are challenges and we had to face them when they come. That is what we did today; we faced those challenges and looked at how we will be going forward. We will be going forward with our president and our council in support of her going forward,” Smith told reporters, adding that the decision will now be communicated to BNTU members at branch level.
There was no word on any proposed changes to the Union’s Constitution, including softening of language barring those with criminal records from serving on the Union executive.
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