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BSTU queries misconduct charge

The Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) says it will request a meeting with the Ministry of Education to discuss the misconduct charge against BSTU member Rev Charles Morris.

Morris, a senior teacher at Combermere School, was slapped with the charge on the grounds that he breached the Code of Conduct and Ethics, set out in the second schedule of the Public Service Act, Cap 29 which bars public officers from speaking to the media on matters of public policy, defence, military resources or diplomatic relations without the prior approval of the relevant minister.

Redman told Barbados TODAY while she had a copy of the letter sent to Morris she would not address the matter until she contacted the department on the issue.

However, she lamented that while the Ministry had summoned Morris to an urgent meeting next Tuesday, it had yet to respond to a letter dated March 8, 2016 from the union requesting an urgent meeting on issues affecting two of the island’s secondary school.

“We are waiting to see what the next move will be at the Ministry. I know our members are not going to continue to work on site if the problems persist. We had written to ask for an urgent meeting and we are still waiting to get the date of that meeting . . . to discuss Combermere and Springer Memorial. I am still waiting for a date,” she said.

Morris had complained to the media about the environmental conditions at Combermere and called for the principal to be replaced.

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