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Jan 13, 2014

Minister to be deliberate in its response to B.N.T.U.’s action

Patrick Faber

Minister Faber also says that the Ministry will be deliberate in how it responds to what he called the sustained interruption of classes by teachers.


Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“We understand that you have a right and I respect that right—let me make that categorically clear. I respect the right of any individual or any group to be able to say I don’t agree with what it is that you are doing or for that matter to criticize in any manner. But if it is going to come at the cost of interrupting schools—as you know in our release said, we already lost a lot of time because of the rains and the floods—we need to really focus on improving. We know the conditions—and I am not blaming only the teachers for the P.S.E. grades and the CXC grades and so on—all of us must take responsibility.  Certainly something like this, where the union decides to take up the other issues outside of education and are going down a path of what seems to be sustained interruption in the education of our children, then I am sorry I must be concerned and I must make that appeal to the B.N.T.U. and to teachers in general to not let us go down that road. There are other ways of getting it done.  As I’ve said, I make the appeal and as leader of the Ministry of Education, I will be deliberate, my senior management will be deliberate as we make those decisions as to whether or not there will be penalty. We’ll take that very seriously—it is not a decision I intend to make on my own. And as I’ve said, I make that appeal but I also want to say to people, we are not in a war. We are all about the same purpose; we want to make things better. That is their way of doing things; we have our way of doing things.”


Faber says that a meeting will be held between the B.N.T.U. and his ministry on the twenty-seventh of January, but that will not deter the industrial actions planned by the union.

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3 Responses for “Minister to be deliberate in its response to B.N.T.U.’s action”

  1. Rod says:

    So now he is making threats this man is a joke no wonder the education in this country is in the dirt box because we have a leader who instead of putting forth ideas he stands there and makes threats to the unions and teachers well I don’t buy it it’s all a show for the dumb belizeans I say this because the union and this gov. Are in collusion with each other and the teachers of this country are being duped by their union forget the union march unu self teachers organize unuself and march to the pm house open unu eyes teachers you can’t all be fools.

  2. Elgin Martinez says:

    The only way in getting it done is to give the teachers what they’re asking for.Any other way would defeat the purpose of the rallys that are being conducted by the BNTU.

  3. Flabbergasted says:

    He used the word “I” a total of 13 times in this short speech!

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