BUT sets new timelines

BUT president Pedro Shepherd addressing today's Press conference.
BUT president Pedro Shepherd addressing today’s Press conference.

Teachers will return to the classroom tomorrow for the first full day of school.

This, after the estimated 1,500 educators, who attended a special general meeting called by the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) at Solidarity House this morning decided to set three timelines for responses from the Ministry of Education and the Personnel Administration Division.

“We have given the Personnel Administration Division six weeks to complete the appointment of all temporary teachers in Barbados. We are also going to write to the Personnel Administration Division asking for the complement of teachers to be increased from the present 2,564 established positions to 3,000,” BUT president Pedro Shepherd told a Press conference this afternoon that followed the almost three-hour meeting.

“We want an increase of 436 because the system needs them, the system cannot function without these persons.”

Additionally, the union president said the Ministry of Education would be asked to provide an update “within the next two weeks on the status of the current investigation being conducted into the Parkinson secondary school, and two weeks to give us some indication as well as to what the plan of action, which is being instituted at the Alma Parris Secondary School would bring.”

Teachers returned to the classroom this afternoon following the meeting.

12 Responses to BUT sets new timelines

  1. Frederick Walcott
    Frederick Walcott January 6, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Have mercy, the lunatics are trying to take over the asylum.

  2. Allison Aimes
    Allison Aimes January 6, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Very unreasonable

  3. Jan Skinner
    Jan Skinner January 6, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Tanya Sobers Ranal Benn Marissa Armstrong Joan Skinner wanna see who I see

    • Ike Turner
      Ike Turner January 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      No tell me

    • Marissa Armstrong
      Marissa Armstrong January 6, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      lmao! I real shame Jan Skinner. The said was also in Saturday paper! They apparently hold a position as well.

    • Jan Skinner
      Jan Skinner January 6, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Ohhhhh lololol that explains

  4. H Alison Tyson-Davis
    H Alison Tyson-Davis January 6, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    So the BUT is the employer and the ministry of Ed is pay them every month plus do what they say or else our children pay

    • Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
      Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne January 6, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      The BUT is the Union…the ministry the employer with the responsibilities of every other employer…and once you invest in your child’s education nobody can reverse that.

    • H Alison Tyson-Davis
      H Alison Tyson-Davis January 6, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      If that is the case then why is the union telling the ministry of Ed what it must do and it what amount of time?

  5. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria January 6, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    From the comments I have read -made by the public concerning this issue- over the last few days, I have concluded that many of them honestly believe that the problem is the teachers and not how the ministry is handling certain long standing issues that teachers are concerned about. So I have a very VIABLE suggestion to make. Let me see how many of you will take me up on it:
    If YOU, the general public, believe that teachers in Barbados are disadvantaging your children in some way, then get off of Facebook, go to the ministry and advocate for something to be done. Hold your town-hall meetings and decide the major problems about teachers you want addressed and dealt with and take them before the Ministry of Education as a strong united group. However,I could bet you a million dollars that
    1) None of you, despite how much you are on here “crying for the children’s plight” ,will do what I have suggested because it is easier to cast blame on a social networking site than to get off your butts and do something to help resolve a problem.
    2) At the end of the day, YOU will be just as frustrated by the response you receive, OR LACK THEREOF, as the teachers are (cause wanna forget the same ministers who wanna claim bungling the running of this country, are the ones heading the ministries.)
    Good luck and Godspeed!

    • Deirdre Sealy January 7, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Angela, I would shake your hand. People are also quick to blame the teachers, but they are people too and they deserve to be working under peaceful and motivating conditions.

  6. Jeff King
    Jeff King January 6, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I agree…


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