Teachers going back to school

Teachers who have been away from the Parkinson Memorial Secondary and Alma Parris Memorial Secondary schools for the past four days will be back in the classroom from Monday.

But they will only stay if the environment is safe and conducive for learning.

President of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) Pedro Shepherd told Barbados TODAY the teachers agreed to return to their duties on that condition.

Pedro Shepherd
Pedro Shepherd

“So we await reports from those teachers when they return to school next Monday as to if there is any change in the environment,” he said.

Teachers represented by the BUT have been off the job at Parkinson to protest the failure of principal Jeff Broomes to address indiscipline among students – including some children taking weapons to school – as well as similar issues at Alma Parris, for the past four days.

“I would expect that the ministry and police would have removed the weapons from Parkinson and make it safe. So once again, we are going back hoping that on Monday it would be safe with those removed,” Shepherd said.

He noted that the BUT had written the Ministry of Education on Tuesday, and again yesterday, stating the reasons for the teachers’ action and asking for investigations to be launched.

However, he said, the union had not received any response.

“I trust that they would respond between now and Monday,” he said.

The BUT head also said he hoped the principals would recognize the importance of communicating with teachers.

“They have to listen to the teachers, they have to communicate with teachers and respect teachers in order for the teachers to be able to function and function properly,” he insisted.

On Wednesday, the ministry issued a statement strongly condemning the teachers’ strike action, instructing them to get back to the classroom and warning they could face consequences for improperly withdrawing their labour.

4 Responses to Teachers going back to school

  1. Doran Morris
    Doran Morris February 14, 2015 at 12:32 am

    S N G P

  2. Cherie allen February 14, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Smh and we wonder why there is so much indiscipline amount our youth. When the persons who help to shape young lives do as they please. what about d students that d same teachers abuse and because of fear don’t talk. Which Union can the students go to

  3. Alex Alleyne February 14, 2015 at 7:31 am

    So what has changed from then until now ? . I always hear about “safety in the work place” . All this stuff look more POLTITICAL than anything else .

  4. Maxine Baker February 14, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    ……………. and are you not the ones to assist in making it a safe place? You do not have to be a Security Guard or Police to do so. By good mannerism to the students and your desisting from insulting and making some of them shame in the face of their peers – especially shame with regard to their mild retardation when you are aware that those two schools in particular are saddled with children who are mentally challenged due to no fault of their own. You also are aware that there are those parents who pretend that the child does not have a mental problem. There are some parents who accept that their child has a mental problem but refuse to allow them to take allopathic or alternative medication and there are also those parents who would say that the teachers do not like their child. You the teachers are well aware of this situation. Buckle down and do the government’s work. All of you cannot be accommodated at the schools that fllourish with the Grades I and II passes in CXC / CAPE.


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