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Apr 1, 2014

Cooler heads prevail at the Saint Ignatius High School

Via Phone: George Frazer

On Friday, an internal discord among teachers and management of St. Ignatius High School in Santa Elena Town came to a head when representatives of the Belize National Teachers Union were called in on behalf of a handful of discontented staff members.  The teachers, as well as the union, are not happy with recent decisions taken by the administration to transfer them and revise their respective job descriptions.  They contend that the Teaching Services Commission is the only body with authority to effect transfers.  While the attempt to meet on Friday morning was futile, the aggrieved parties met on Monday to discuss the way forward.  According to former General Secretary of B.N.T.U., George Frazer, while they focused on a number of issues, including the improper constitution of the board, the overall meeting was productive.

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Via phone: George Frazer, Former General Secretary, BNTU

“We were able to separate the main issues.  The first thing is that we saw the board was not properly constituted but we agreed that we will get that straightened out probably in the next couple weeks.  And we looked at some of the major administrative problems that they had and they were denying most of what was happening but then we agreed so as not to prolong the meeting all that long, some members had to leave, some members, one or two of them, but we agreed, as Mrs. Zabaneh suggested, let us deal with the personal cases today, the following day which is today, right and so that’s what they did.  The board would not be involved, Mrs. Zabaneh, Maria Zabaneh would bring a couple more members of the Bishop’s Commission and they would meet with the teachers one by one and staff because they are others like secretary and so, non-teaching staff.  We didn’t go but if they needed us well they would have called us, so I assume that things are moving forward and as we promised them, we are not here as adversaries.  We have rules and procedures, we have school to administer and the teachers are there to do their work, not to be pushed around and disrespected and the same way we expect teachers will be professional and give of their best.”

 

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