Respect due to teachers, says BUT head

Teachers go beyond the call of duty to contribute to the development of the nation’s children and they should not be unduly criticized.

This was the message coming from President of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) Pedro Shepherd as he hit back at criticisms leveled against teachers, during an interview with Barbados TODAY.

Pedro Shepherd
Pedro Shepherd

Shepherd stated that he was aware of  allegations that some educators who vented their grievances did not want to teach.

However, Shepherd said teachers made a significant contribution to society and argued that teachers faced many challenges that made it difficult for them to be effective in carrying out their mandate.

“I don’t know of any teachers in Barbados, in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world for that matter that don’t want to teach.

“There are teachers, like anybody else in other professions who may not function to the optimum. But I don’t know of a teacher who does not want to teach,” he stressed.

The BUT boss also said it was important for the public to understand how much teachers were being pressured, and were forced to cope with the negative side effects of a changing society.

“We now have students who cannot be disciplined. When I say discipline I am not speaking about corporal punishment, but children who cannot be spoken to by teachers because they say their parents don’t speak to them or speak to them in that manner.

“There are students who dress how they want to because that is how they dress at home or how their parents dress them,” he said.

6 Responses to Respect due to teachers, says BUT head

  1. Elridge Dixon
    Elridge Dixon November 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Mr. Pedro Shepherd, may I suggest that teachers first show by their dress that they are demanding respect. It is a fact that even before you speak, the average person will judge you by your attire. It may not be the ideal way but the poor dress, exhibited by most teachers, makes them indistinguishable from other workers. Teachers should be leaders in deportment, language and education. Your students are emulating you!

  2. Chris Kinkaid
    Chris Kinkaid November 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Agreed Elridge Dixon and I’ll add in there speech as well especially when speaking to students. Some of them sound like wharf rats.

  3. Toni Carter Watson
    Toni Carter Watson November 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Some of them teachers are not like yesterday neither the children and some teachers need to learn to dress a good shepherd leads

  4. Ike Turner
    Ike Turner November 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Teachers only get respect when they do stuff too gain respect. But whem you get in the spot light then you dont, when you teaching a class and you bb goes off and you stop teaching you don’t get respect..

  5. Beverley Hunte-Springer
    Beverley Hunte-Springer November 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Stop bashing the teachers. Medical personnel, policemen & women, teachers, in short the essential services get unfairly criticized, what thankless jobs.

  6. Elridge Dixon
    Elridge Dixon November 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    It is a sad commentary on Barbadians that any constructive criticism is interpreted as bashing. It is another way of saying ” Let mediocrity continue.”


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