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MoECST refutes claims by Belize National Teachers’ Union President

Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2023. 5:45 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: In a recent clarification statement, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MoECST) addressed concerns raised by the President of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) pertaining to the Competency-based Education (CBE) Curriculum and the issue of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for teachers.

The MoECST emphasized its unwavering commitment to working hand in hand with the BNTU, educational managers, and both local and international associates in the transition to the CBE framework. The National Curriculum Framework’s establishment was a concerted effort involving a diverse array of stakeholders, encompassing BNTU representatives.

The process has been characterized by widespread consultations across the nation involving teachers, school principals, and other essential stakeholders. This broad-based approach has fostered a sense of shared responsibility and collaborative spirit. Among the pivotal objectives is the formulation of unit plans and evaluations, which are accessible to educators via the Ministry’s digital platform. Working groups, in charge of this massive transformation, consist of teachers proposed by the BNTU and school managements. Moreover, the teacher support teams for both primary and secondary education levels are composed of selected teachers who underwent a rigorous interview procedure.

The MoECST stressed its commitment to flexibility and unwavering support for the educators, school leaders, and management bodies. In its endeavor to streamline the CBE’s assimilation, high schools have been directed to devise a three-year rollout strategy that will receive the Ministry’s full backing. Concurrently, primary schools are benefitting from personalized guidance and resources.

Addressing the topic of CPD hours, the Ministry underscores its intention of bolstering teachers to keep abreast of the evolving educational landscape. Rather than adopting a punitive stance, the emphasis is on fostering a nurturing environment. Over the past year, an array of courses, primarily focusing on the CBE framework and the emotional health of both educators and students, have been offered by the Ministry.

Looking ahead, the MoECST is keen on further strengthening its ties with the BNTU and all related parties in the rollout of the avant-garde CBE curriculum. In an effort to engage the community, the Ministry revealed its plans to initiate outreach sessions with parents throughout Belize starting this October. The statement concluded by extending gratitude to all collaborators for their indispensable contribution to this educational paradigm shift.

 

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