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Apr 23, 2014

Issues affecting teachers are discussed at B.N.T.U. convention

Luke Palacio

According to Palacio, despite the unexceptional turnout the business of the annual gathering continues and issues, including the Occupational Safety and Health Bill will be discussed on Thursday.


Luke Palacio, National President, B.N.T.U.

“The participation of teachers from other parts of the country is there—it is not at the maximum that we would like to, but we do have quorom so this convention is duly constituted. We no doubt will have to address that matter of corium to see and determine what is keeping the members from coming to convention. And I am certain that there will be a resolution to that effect today. We are also at this point, this afternoon, we have a new feature in the convention this year which we call “Focus on B.N.T.U.” So we will give our membership the opportunity this afternoon to voice their concerns, to look at the union; to be introspective in saying to us where do we want to go and how can we be a part of getting to where we want to go. We also intend hopefully tomorrow to talk about the Occupational Safety and Health Bill that has very important issues that the teachers will be affected by. In terms of the professional development aspect, because of course all of this is professional development, but specifically in relation to the profession, this morning, we had a presentation by the Belize Tesol Group. They did a very good presentation. We asked our members to sign up to become a part of Tesol Belize Chapter and therefore become a chapter of Tesol. And therefore benefit from many other activities that this international organization has, we need to have at least fifty members. We were told that the group here in Belize is about thirty. So we are hoping that our teachers would make use of that opportunity because we believe that it is important that our teachers also understand the language of instructions in our schools is English and therefore we need to become as proficient as we possibly can if we are going to pass that on to our students who definitely do not have English as their first language. So I think that was a very educational session.”


The national convention concludes on Thursday.

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