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Teachers answer the call

Despite strong condemnation by education officials, hundreds of teachers have answered today’s call out by their unions.

The action has resulted in the early closure of Government schools  from 12:30 p.m.


In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Education said the move by the island’s two teachers unions amounted to  “a clear case of industrial action” .

However, following last week’s incident at Ellerslie Secondary School in which a teacher was reportedly spat on and kicked by a third form student, the Barbados Union of Teachers is meeting at this hour with members  at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium while members of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) have gathered at the Barbados Workers Union headquarters at Solidarity House.


Earlier this week, BSTU President Mary Redman told Barbados TODAY  that the incident was among the issues they planned to discuss at the meetings.

However, in its statement yesterday evening, the ministry roundly condemned the unions’ action, saying it considered it to be “a clear case of industrial action”.

The ministry also said it was unclear as to the reason for the call out, even though both unions have publicly stated that they intend to deal with the general problem of violence in schools, as well as other pressing problems.

“The ministry intends always to act in the best interest of the students and teachers and any action and activity which compromises this must be condemned,” the statement issued by the Barbados Government Information Service added.

4 Responses to Teachers answer the call

  1. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton April 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Some a dem demons

  2. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha April 22, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Yasssssss…too much nonsense is going on in these schools.. The kids and parents are controlling the schools and teachers walking on eggshells on their own domain…ministry does not entertain teachers but it has hot line and walk in policy for parents …being silent doesn’t solve any problems.. any teacher will tell this generation coming will bring bimshire to it’s knees…#bestabelieveit

  3. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty April 22, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I can see no logically basis for disputing the call for this assembling of teachers, to discourse the issue of violence in the school environment, which is in the minds of many Barbadians a really concern and it ought to be. Now Queen Shasha, I think when one examine with a meticulous care, the impertinence which has impregnated every aspect of the contemporary life, one cannot help but to equate within that paradigm the social rebellion of our young people, and its correlation to the universal moral decadence. So in other words: my position is and has always been that we cannot without consideration, attribute the social pathologies of our young people solely to them, without first acknowledging our failures as adults to correctly, mold, mentor and shape their social and moral worldview, as arbiters of their future.

  4. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte April 22, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Last week I commented that the teachers will withdraw their services it has started and will become more frequent. Everybody strong headed.


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