Teachers not money hungry, says Redman

President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU), Mary Redman has brushed aside claims that those teachers seeking payment for correcting SBA papers are “money hungry.”

Furthermore, Redman has gone as far as to state that teachers are grossly underpaid for the services which they provide.

Speaking to media after attending a two-hour meeting with officials of the Barbados National Council of Parent Teachers Association Inc (BNCPTA), BSTU and a number of PTA officials at the headquarters of the union on 8th Avenue, Belleville, St Michael yesterday, Redman argued that teachers were well within their rights by demanding compensation for marking SBAs.

“I know of more than one science teacher who has done over 1 000 labs for this academic year alone. Schools are on the Easter vacation but there are teachers who have to attend classes to supervise SBAs.

“The General Secretary of the BSTU, Andrew Brathwaite, who teaches at Queen’s College, was at school this week supervising SBAs. In spite of our commitment to duty, uninformed persons were walking around saying that we are money-grabbers. This is far from the truth. Teachers have to undergo training for in excess of seven years in some cases, yet we are grossly underpaid as professionals,” Redman stated.

 

BSTU head Mary Redman

 

She dismissed arguments that marking SBAs was part of a secondary teachers’ terms of contract, noting that most of the officials holding senior positions in the Ministry of Education never taught at the secondary level and were therefore unaware of the volume of work involved in supervising SBAs and marking them.

Redman also dismissed claims that the SBA issue was sprung on officials of the Ministry of Education by producing correspondence dated May 8, 2014 which was addressed to that Ministry informing it of a resolution which was approved by the union’s annual general meeting of April 8, 2014 seeking compensation for the marking of SBAs.

 

38 Responses to Teachers not money hungry, says Redman

  1. Alex Alleyne April 5, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Yeah right

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  2. Alex Alleyne April 5, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Could fool me

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  3. Cynthia Blackman
    Cynthia Blackman April 5, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    We are not money hungry.We just don’t like when CXC grade us when we correct SBA’s as some of us have been recommended to be removed from teaching forms 5 and 6 as Ms Redman said so that is why we want pay .. we don’t work for them , they have no right to Grade us .

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  4. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall April 5, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    You all need to stop this nonsense. Wanna need a job discription and there should not be so much problems.

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    • Conchita Moseley
      Conchita Moseley April 5, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      den job description is we teachers run tings.disgusting

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    • Kerri Katrina Codrington
      Kerri Katrina Codrington April 5, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      sbas are property of the cxc council. teachers work for the MOE. Can teachers just take up cxc papers and say they will correct them? Behave do!

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    • Cynthia Blackman
      Cynthia Blackman April 5, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      We don’t work for CXC we prepare children to write the CXC exams .

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    • Thomas Katt
      Thomas Katt April 5, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      You all don’t want to work at all. Complaining about everything. If you all was working in the private sector, you would have been fired every since

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  5. carita April 5, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Soo why is it that only barbadian teachers are asking for more money?

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  6. Kerri Katrina Codrington
    Kerri Katrina Codrington April 5, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Barbadian teachers do not work for CxC. I guess the general public don’t know that. -_-

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    • Kerri Katrina Codrington
      Kerri Katrina Codrington April 5, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      *rolls eyes* the army is also a government entity. Bad analogy mister. Cxc is NOT a government entity and teachers work via a voluntary basis. Don’t try to be smart.

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    • Sarah Sobers
      Sarah Sobers April 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Do u hear urself talk Lawrence???

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  7. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley April 5, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    CAN’T UNDERSTAND THIS A TALL A TALL Stupes I seeing RED now. STOP MESSING WIS CHILDREN education and future.

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    • MariaMaria Angel
      MariaMaria Angel April 5, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Conchita Moseley…stop messing with the teachers heath and mental state, you unfeeling woman. TEACHERS HAVE A FUTURE, TOO. You ever had to correct 300 test papers in one week, and STILL plan and teach and correct work for 30 children? Now pile 100 one inch thick SBAs on top all of that work and ask yourself if it is unfair to ask that we be paid. You could afford to talk. But the Lord watching and He seeing the lack of compassion in your old ass heart.

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    • Sarah Sobers
      Sarah Sobers April 5, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      No point arguing with this woman Maria, so don’t waste ur time lol. Conchita continue thinking how u think cuz u r always rite

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    • Sarah Sobers
      Sarah Sobers April 5, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      No point arguing with this woman Maria, so don’t waste ur time lol. Conchita continue thinking how u think cuz u r always rite

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  8. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt April 5, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    If they had sent home some those teachers that protesting about everything instead of teaching the nation’s children, like they did NCC, Drainage etc, etc, we won’t have this ignorance from them all the time so.

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    • MariaMaria Angel
      MariaMaria Angel April 5, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      Thomas Katt…The colonial mentality is alive and strong in you in 2015, I see. lol. I can imagine you busy kissing Massa ass and telling he, “Kill dem Massa, cause dem always complaining…kill dem and buy new slaves,” while the other slaves were busy fighting for what belongs to every man, which is to say: his due

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    • Sarah Sobers
      Sarah Sobers April 5, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Teachers get no respect from most of the public so this response doesn’t surprise me

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  9. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post April 5, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Pay de ppl do. …cxc getting dem money give the teachers theirs. ..simple so

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  10. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post April 5, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Pay de ppl do. …cxc getting dem money give the teachers theirs. ..simple so

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  11. Clive Walrond
    Clive Walrond April 5, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    really now ..lol

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  12. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha April 5, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Who employs the teachers the ministry or cxc..how can the teachers be doing worl for an external entity and its for free and the expectation is that they hand it in by a certain time with no time alotted within the day to do it..is teaching the job that never ends…if thats the case pay them for the 24/7 work that we expect them to do…ok that was a gud dream …back to reality ….. if its not in my contract why are they forcing ppl to do …cxc should coreect them ita their tests…i mean its thats simple …and its not only about the kids because when u take that work home teachera are ignoring their own kids to get it done which makes no sense in this life…but all these expectatios will lead to disappointments because not everypne is willing to be used over and over just becuase the teacher before did it not knowing its not their duty…teachers have lives outside their job just like any one else and i find there is a callous wufless mentality and attitude towards teachers since everyone pushes their responsibilities (or tries to) on these said teachers…you have a sick mentality that teachers are just there to makeup for parents / ministry shortcomings but they are seriously mistaken…forget about respect because they hated jesus so will ppl not hate..its the sick mentality of deflecting responsibilities/ job / role on someone else callously for years and then expect that it will continue all the time for years and years…the bottom is dropping out …

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  13. Robert Foster
    Robert Foster April 5, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Wait, after all these years they now found out that?

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    • Cynthia Blackman
      Cynthia Blackman April 5, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      Seeing that all these things are coming to light now …Any one thinking of becoming a teacher should note and consider as things will fall on deaf ears as YOU ARE AWARE OF WHAT YOU ARE GETTING INTO i’ll say again certain jobs you have to have a CALLING no amount of money could pay you .. trust me

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  14. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha April 5, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Money hungry teachers lolololol…if teachers were money hungry we would personally bill parents for the rewards their kids receive the snacks l, exercise books, manipulativessomenof us purchase for them and the emotional turmoil some kids put teachers through…no amount of money can replace your mental and emotional well being or your family …work will always b there but ypu wont b..

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  15. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm
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  16. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm
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  17. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm
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  18. Wendy Stewart
    Wendy Stewart April 5, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Nowhere in the WORLD are teachers getting rich for the services they provide above and beyond teaching in a classroom everyday. It is a shame because behind each and every professional and successful individual there is(are) a TEACHER(s)!!!!

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  19. Wendy Stewart
    Wendy Stewart April 5, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Nowhere in the WORLD are teachers getting rich for the services they provide above and beyond teaching in a classroom everyday. It is a shame because behind each and every professional and successful individual there is(are) a TEACHER(s)!!!!

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  20. Shirley Haynes-Johnson
    Shirley Haynes-Johnson April 5, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    All workers in barbados under paid so i dont no what you trying to say that teachers under paid the love of money is the root of all evil

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    • MariaMaria Angel
      MariaMaria Angel April 5, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      Shirley Haynes-Johnson…but are all workers in Barbados forced to do the FREE work for an organization that does not employ them and then who turns around and 1) docks their pay 2) give them a bad report, if the work isn’t done to their liking? Because that is essentially what CXC does.
      Respond and name ONE group of workers you know, besides teachers, that this happens to. DO YOU THINK IT IS FAIR?

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  21. Beverley Hunte-Springer
    Beverley Hunte-Springer April 5, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Stop blasting the teachers when you don’t really understand what is going on. None of us want to see the children’s education compromised, but they do have a valid point. CXC has to do something about the situation.

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  22. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole April 5, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Regardless of who employs whom or who pays who, there is an opportunity here. Ultimately the children must take the CXC examination. The goal is to pass the exam. As I see it, there seems to be a difference between expected and actual performance. In my opinion it is within the best interest of the students that the teachers receive additional training so that the examining receives the expected outcome. That is, that expected and actual performance is the same.

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  23. Justin De Freitas April 5, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    SBAs are eternal evaluations run by CXC so teachers should be paid by CXC to mark such papers.

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  24. Fiona Griffith
    Fiona Griffith April 5, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I am reallyy trying to understand this whole issue…

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    • Harry Turnover April 6, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      I too really trying hard to understand the whole issue. If what Justin De Freitas says is true,then the Teachers have a case and they should be paid not by CXC,but by the Ministry of Education.

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