Classes to be disrupted on Tuesday

Classes would be disrupted on Tuesday as the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) has summoned its members to an extraordinary meeting.

In a release issued to the media today, the BUT described the meeting as “urgent”.

It said the discussion would focus on recent talks with representatives of the Ministry of Education, as well as the situation at the Alma Parris and Parkinson Memorial schools and the appointment of temporary teachers.

The BUT, which met with education officials yesterday, had given the ministry 72 hours to clearly outline solutions to problems including poor or ineffective communication by the principals of the two schools; lack of involvement of senior staff; unilateral decision making; and, in the case of Alma Parris, unsatisfactory action to maintain discipline.

The BUT is now telling teachers to report directly to Solidarity House for the 9 a.m. meeting.

78 Responses to Classes to be disrupted on Tuesday

  1. darrelanderson
    darrelanderson January 3, 2015 at 11:54 am

    everyone should get behind BUTT.

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  2. John Herbert
    John Herbert January 3, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Here we go again using our children as pawns in their stupid little adult fights. Wait a minute these are adults…right?

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    • Alison Branch
      Alison Branch January 3, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Jury still in deliberations on that one John!

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    • Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
      Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne January 3, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      No such thing as using children….this is the way uniond function…teachers deserve safe work environnents like all other workers

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    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria January 3, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      John is one of those idiots who believe that one day away from school will result in a dunce for life.

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  3. Suga Cox
    Suga Cox January 3, 2015 at 11:57 am

    New year same foolish. Holding ppl children education at ransom

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    • Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
      Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne January 3, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Teachers need safe work environments..

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    • Suga Cox
      Suga Cox January 3, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      We all need safe work environments which would enable us to function effectively thus providing a quality service but there has to be a better way to go about this instead of waiting till the beginning of every school term to commence these meetings and hold our nations children education at ransom.

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    • K Tremaine Gilkes
      K Tremaine Gilkes January 3, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Sometimes you have to use the non-ideal leverage you have over a system which is hell bent on ignoring the problems. While it is sad, I dare say its a necessary evils.

      What is one to do when your cries fall on deaf ears? I am certain that there exists teachers who wished that they did not have to put the education of their charges in harms way to get their point across, but some times you just have to do what you have to do.

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  4. Irey A. Rasta
    Irey A. Rasta January 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    When ya say a y gotta say b ….would you want your child at school in an environment where the teacher ain’t comfortable …..last thing on the teacher mind is your child or teaching ……with that said I think they meaning the union reps should have issued the warning from day one of vacation not sound a battle call the weekend before school starts back ….and to compound the issue why does the ministry take so long to look into issues

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  5. Rom Waterman
    Rom Waterman January 3, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Totally unacceptable; Every beginning of a new school term the same thing. This strategy to resolve industrial disputes with cut throat and ambush attacks can not be the way we as a developing society address issues.

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  6. Frederick Walcott
    Frederick Walcott January 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Waiting until school reopens to hold an “urgent” meeting is exactly why the public is losing sympathy and respect for teachers nowadays and believe that the priority for their “leadership” is no longer teaching. It is now easy to understand what our schools are producing with such poor examples being set. If you don’t like your job or your boss, do like the “church men” and “move”…… KMT!

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    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria January 3, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      It’s okay, teachers don’t need your respect. They know their worth and the ungrateful, ignorant remarks made by jacknapes like you will never break them. It is to be hoped that you have found time from showing off your ignorance and lack of empathy on Facebook, to instill some of that respect you talked about in your offspring/ children in your family… respect for their education, basic manners and common sense. One day away from teaching to attend a meeting will not turn your children into dunces. However , based on the fact that there has been a rise in the number of unruly, ill mannered, disrespectful, deviants in schools, it is evident what years of poor parenting has wrought. How ironic that so many of you who want to stone teachers for not doing their jobs, have failed as parents. So I guess there is respect lost from both parties.

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    • Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
      Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne January 3, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Loveeeeeeeee this Angela Maria…..they seem to think teachers are demi gods…most would send the brats thet created to school 24 hours so they do not have to be burdened with their creations..

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    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria January 3, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      I thought I was being very civil…..

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    • Frederick Walcott
      Frederick Walcott January 3, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      I am too glad that I do not have children at any school that would have produced or employ the likes of those “persons” that just cussed me. Unexpected from anyone who would claim to know something about my association with the roots of our nation’s failures but profess absolutely nothing about their own contribution.

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  7. Janelle Marshall
    Janelle Marshall January 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Listen my son in school now and I’m not about you all hampering his learning so when Tuesday come get yourselves in school for me. Stop depriving the nation children from their education

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  8. Anthony Daniel
    Anthony Daniel January 3, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Is anyone here paying attention? It’s the Ministry of Education which waited until Jan 2nd to call a meeting with the Union. They had been asked to intervene even before the end of term.

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    • Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
      Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne January 3, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      The school’s principal is a manager…he not only manages minors but ADULTS…

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    • K Tremaine Gilkes
      K Tremaine Gilkes January 3, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne And with all managers there are varying descriptions of them, effective vs ineffective.

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    • Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
      Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne January 3, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      In an adult management situation ppl are not TOLD what to do….they are made a part of the process..

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  9. Psi Lara
    Psi Lara January 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Unions are their own worst enemy. They use high handed methods to get what they want to the detriment of everyone else but it the long term all it does is erode any public support they would have had in the first place.

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  10. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith January 3, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Right on queue/perfect timing as usual!

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  11. Colin Reid
    Colin Reid January 3, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Teachers have children in schools too… Study that…. Hmm

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  12. Colin Reid
    Colin Reid January 3, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Teachers have children in schools too… Study that…. Hmm

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  13. Colin Reid
    Colin Reid January 3, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Teachers have children in schools too… Study that…. Hmm

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  14. Colin Reid
    Colin Reid January 3, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Teachers have children in schools too… Study that…. Hmm

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  15. Quiet Stormnattie
    Quiet Stormnattie January 3, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    My children have eleven plus and they going school everyday until May 5 so them better get it together fast

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    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria January 3, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      I praythat they don’t get ill then especially with something contagious. Up to last year, a parent sent to school an 11 plus child knowing full well the child had gastro…the child spread it to three children during the course of the day…and me! I feel teaching should come with free heath insurance!! lol

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    • Quiet Stormnattie
      Quiet Stormnattie January 3, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Humm I plea the blood of Jesus over them…. People.. Humm

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  16. Lynn Lucas
    Lynn Lucas January 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    The union issued an early warning to the Ministry re the long overdue meeting. The Ministry decided to convene the meeting on Friday. The ministry should have learnt from the poor way they handled the Alexandra issue. Different union this time, same issues to be settled. No Mary to cuss this time!!!!

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  17. Raymond Jones
    Raymond Jones January 3, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    These Unions have way to much power in a little 2 by 4 place like Barbados.

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    • K Tremaine Gilkes
      K Tremaine Gilkes January 3, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Would you rather the power remain in the hands of companies and a government which seemingly refuses to listen to its people or the people? Personally I prefer the latter.

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  18. Frederick Walcott
    Frederick Walcott January 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    These unions gonna jump and prance until them get “tek out” like how Margaret Thatcher dealt with those mighty “hard nutters” in the UK. Wait and see!

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    • K Tremaine Gilkes
      K Tremaine Gilkes January 3, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      I’d like to see a government try that. I would pray that is the proverbial straw that breaks the sheep’s back.

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  19. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha January 3, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    lololol…..these greivances were being aired everysince…the ministry took their time to respond…….so dont blame on teachers…they should have callee it on.monday cuz ppl finna catch a fit if they have to keep their kid one more day…

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  20. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha January 3, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    the issue is appointme t of teachers to the service which is longggg overdue ……. with conditions teachers work in and the conditions of these schools and the procedures that occur within the ministry itself with regards to teachers …i am surprised that appointment to the service is the only issue to be discussed

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  21. Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
    Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne January 3, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Teachers in Barbados endure alot. I’d like many to see the average staff toilet at a school…it is not the marble and mirrors of the private sector….The Government has not given a cent in money to any school on this island…no paper…no ink…no teaching aids….why has this not disgusted parents…the same wutless..good for nothing..incompetent teachers buying roll out of pocket to wipe your children’s snot and their bams…..discipline down the drain…minister who cusses them at whim I could go on and on….I grow tired of Barbadian’s inability to evaluate an issue and make sound judgement.

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    • Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
      Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne January 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      I haven’t even really started…if only parents knew!!..

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    • Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
      Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne January 3, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      I agree teachers sd let the parents know more of what is going on in schools….children are not in safe environments in many schools across this island…there is one school in barbados with nearly 600 students and four bathrooms…parents really should know more..

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    • K Tremaine Gilkes
      K Tremaine Gilkes January 3, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      Let the parents know…..while in theory this is a great idea, lets stop and ask the question how many of the parents care to know? How many parents make it their business to know who are teaching their kids can get in contact with them? How many parents attend PTA meetings? Form level meetings?

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  22. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte January 3, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    sometimes i wish the STUDENTS will rise up and PROTEST against the whole system.

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  23. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha January 3, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    exactly…marsha….had to buy copy and paper and brer tingz…no lights in bathroom….cyd barely get chalk ..and im not even on the issue that we still use chalkboards in 2014….

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    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria January 3, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Why you don’t hush, you think these parents care how much of our own money we spend on their children? ?? As far as they are concerned that is our job; to use our salaries to help educate their ungrateful children, while they use theirs to live happy…and to pay for internet to cuss out we teachers on social networking sites

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    • Queenie ShaSha
      Queenie ShaSha January 3, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      lies booooo….cuz she does notttt do that anymore..my bf made sure i stopped that with a quickness cuz u get cussed out by the same parents quick quick quick

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  24. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha January 3, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    then teachers can protest about the kids that they have to deal and the issues not related to teaching that are creeping into the schools and overburdening young teachers emotionally and mentally that stem from broken homes and lackluster parenting….#interesting#

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  25. Ronnie Murrell
    Ronnie Murrell January 3, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    See this nonsense?!?!?! The government is to be blamed for this one… I mean it happened before and they screwed around with it… yuh gun let it happen again????? Freundel and his silly phases… inept Minister Of Education… disgruntled teachers… all over again… the students will suffer again as this is the critical term for exam preparation…. it should have never come to this AGAIN… Now that we are here I hope the Minister acts fast and call in the PM to deal with it since he doesn’t seem to have a clue, and I hope the PM leaves out the stupid phase talk and do what needs to be done.

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    • Ronnie Murrell
      Ronnie Murrell January 3, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      These ppl clearly sleeping on the job… it’s that or they are afraid to act… and I am not talking about Jones, he would buss heads which is never a solution for anything but self-defense

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  26. K Tremaine Gilkes
    K Tremaine Gilkes January 3, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    smh

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  27. kay-rani rosita January 3, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Grow the hell up!
    Educate the children and stop messing with their future prospects.
    @Irey if the teacher is not comfortable he or she can always quit. Children come first!

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  28. Blon D Mayers Trotman
    Blon D Mayers Trotman January 3, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Why d hell dem couldn’t hold this meeting when it was vacation. Smfh. Wanna have no interest in d children of Barbados at all….

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  29. Sarah Pomeranz Layne
    Sarah Pomeranz Layne January 3, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Aren’t the teachers back on Monday. . Can’t they disrupt there own day and have this meeting on Monday and not Tuesday???

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  30. Sarah Pomeranz Layne
    Sarah Pomeranz Layne January 3, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    K Tremaine Gilkes.. there in is that problem.. I can count on 1 hand the number of times I have missed a pta or form level meeting since my first child was in primary school.. she is now 2nd year bcc…and I have 2 others one still in secondary. how many other parents can say that and make a point to know who their child’s teachers are and what their child should be taught. .

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  31. Rommel Parris
    Rommel Parris January 4, 2015 at 4:44 am

    I am also sure a statement was issued by the ministry stating the two principal’s were carrying out instructions but as a Parkinson teacher told me two man rat can’t live in the same hole power struggle ppl want to lead but the same ppl can’t take instructions from who leading them now

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  32. Tiffany January 4, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Where i do agree that teachers need to be in a comfortable environment in order to perfom to the best of their ability. I do believe they can find a different way to handle the situation. Think of it this way teachers would you want your children continuously interrupted from learning every term. Or let’s take it in a different direction how would you like it if every Monday morning u went to the bank ATM and found a message saying “we regret to inform you that due to our internal differences and and islandwide bankers meeting, you will not be able to receive any funds today. We do however invite you to come another day”.

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  33. dwayne January 4, 2015 at 8:31 am

    so much of ya’ll missing the point, the ministry of education plus it’s minister needed to deal wid dis situation longtime ago & half these ppl dat crying dwn the teachers dnt like to go work to a stressful job or an unsanitary or unsafe place so y shud the teachers go? no one gives 100% in an uncomfortable environment bajan need to be more supportive wid each other & stop letting these ministers AKA BULLIES do & say wat the hell they feel like !! I kno so much teachers dat have to be mother figures & father figures to children who’s parents dnt have no time to teach dem basic things in life so stop & let’s rally around the teachers & the union to get dis shit over with for the children’s sake !!

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  34. zanya January 4, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    so wait school aint starting? this is foolishness yea

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  35. ch January 4, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    This is the surface of a problem rooted in a system which tolerates indiscipline and inefficiency from the level of the Ministry to the teachers to the students in the classroom.
    There is pervasive resentment for authority at all levels.
    There seems to be no clear protocols for performance reviews and corrective measures and there is no accountability at all.
    Do we still have education officers assigned to schools who actually visit the schools and make first-hand assessments as was done in previous times when there was proper management of schools?
    Do principals and teachers have a clear, written job description and are principals allowed to lead as they are expected to do or do they need permission from parents and teachers to do their job?
    There are many valid questions and the solution needs to be a total revision of our outmoded and unacceptable system. It is time for ALL Government workers to be employed by contract, starting with a probationary contract. If performance is unsatisfactory and there is no improvement, as directed, fire them.

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  36. Anonymous January 5, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Imagine the nerve of a statement we knew what we signed up for. Imagine if we teachers had that mind set you same smart people would not be able to spell a single work in English. My contract didn’t state that.

    So our jobs are so essential that when we don’t get paid for months, cant pay a bill, begging for bus-fare for those who catch bus that we should smile just because the children are the future?

    We teachers bend over backwards! We are parent, psychologist, dentist, provider and the list goes on. But yet we are the bad guys because a union is defending our right to be treated like human beings.

    Teachers have children to support, bills in arrears, wives, husband to look after and feed daily. So instead of support we get lambaste because 1 day will damage humanity.

    Half of you that have talk cant even spend one day in a classroom, nor step foot in one but just talking a whole lot of sanitation.

    peace out

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  37. Sandra B January 5, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    It is really sad when supposed educated and
    Intelligent people talk such rubbish. I am sickened and disappointed by what I am hearing. Teachers talking about buying toilet paper and others commenting about issues they know nothing about. I am mostly saddened by the teachers’ responses to some of the stupid comments and the childish and unnecessary comments they are making.

    Come on grow up all of you, it is disgusting the way you are all behaving on this issue. Teachers and Principals need to learn to work with each other, it is done in offices all over the world with managers and employees. What kind of example are you setting for your students? What are you teaching them? How to be stubborn and self-centered?

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  38. Sandra B January 5, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    I am saddened by what I am hearing. The unnecessary and childish comments coming from supposedly educated and intelligent people. Teacher’s talking about buying toilet paper; I am sure that if parents are asked to give their children toilet paper they would; and others commenting on issues they truly do not know anything about.

    It is truly amazing that these issues with teachers, principals and MOE keep reoccurring. Teachers and Principals need to learn to cooperate with each other. It is not a phenomena, it has worked in offices and schools all around the world. Managers and employees have been able to put aside their egos and work together.

    I can only assume that all these issues that want resolving is so our children can gain a better education because as it is the whole education system want a major overhaul. Not everyone with a degree can teach successfully or manage. The real question here is what is our children learning from all this?

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