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Oct 4, 2011

BNTU says late salaries caused by late documents

George Frazer

A number of teachers countrywide have not been paid for the month of September and it’s stirring up trouble. The delay is because the Teaching Services Commission, which was established in January, requires teachers and school managers to provide several documents including their teaching license, medical report and police record. The pay sheets for the teachers are also to be submitted in the first week of the month. According to the Executive Secretary for the Belize National Teachers’ Union, George Frazer, the blame falls on the teachers and school management for handing in their documents late, but the union is working with the Ministry of Education to have the salaries disbursed as quickly as possible.

Via Phone: George Frazer, Executive Secretary, BNTU

“In the past we have had a lot of problems because teachers and sometimes management do not send these in and result in being on the wrong pay scale and a whole lot of problem. But what happen this year, and some of the teachers are to blame especially some of the new ones starting their teaching profession or those who have been on temporary and some management have been late in sending in these things. When it comes to teacher’s pay, especially for primary school the managers have to prepare and send in pay sheets by the end of the first week. So for September for example, for the teachers to get their pay which is usually the last Friday of the month, the managers have to send in the pay sheet with all the relevant information by the seventh or the eighth of the month. So there have been delays in these things. We are concerned about those teachers who have not received their pay and this is countrywide. I won’t say it’s an extra large number but yes, it includes new teachers and those who have been on temporary and in each district you will find a number of these people. The Ministry, they have spoken to the Catholic general manager, which is the largest management and they are working on the pay. I heard the Public Relation Officer, Ms. Arlette Gomez, from the Ministry of Education say that they are working on the pay so that people can get their pay by next week. But we ask the Ministry please try to get it done earlier; people have bills to pay. The labor laws are clear, if you work and you are paid by the week or the month when that period is up, you should be paid.”

According to Frazer, the Teaching Services Commission will be meeting on Friday to discuss the teacher’s salaries.

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5 Responses for “BNTU says late salaries caused by late documents”

  1. Rod says:

    This is another part of this incompetent pm and gov. They are pocketing the teachers pay good luck in getting payed teachers another useless part of this udp gov is the minister of education since he has been in this position education is in the drain every aspect of education is in the drain now the ministers are pocketing the teachers pay.

  2. Oh please! says:

    @ Rod … don’t speak if you don’t know what you are talking about … you sound foolish … read the first three sentences that Mr. Frazer said … the man told you who is to blame, why do you feel the need to blame the gov’t??????

  3. bzn2dabone says:

    Rod, u r a politically inspired idiot…u sound foolish and stupid everytime u write cuz u do not make sense…

  4. rod says:

    bze2thebone and ohplease you are both ignoramoses you must be related to barrow you are both idiots go back to school then come talk ya.

  5. Steve says:

    It’s easy to find a scapegoat. Frazer was one of the ACB advocates and again he comes out to defend what he supported. Is the Teaching commission just a white elephant.? Teachers have always been the sufferers and the ones to blame. Do teachers have to be sending and re-sending the same information over and over? There should be more efficiency in gov’t departments. What Frazer should do is to press gov’t for teachers to get their overdue salary increase, but he is trying to tarnish the picture of teachers to that of irresponsible. Frazer, are you serving BNTU or ACB?

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