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Sep 8, 2015

Minister Patrick Faber Asks for Patience

Patrick Faber

Today, Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, counselled patience as the matter is currently under consideration by the Teachers Service Commission. As in all such things, claims Faber, while parents inevitably want immediate action, there is a process and protocol which must be followed.


Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“As I’ve always said in these matters, the managing authority of the school is first responsible to try to solve the issue; in this case, it is the Nazarene Primary School Management and so as I understand it, they are the ones who are taking this one. Now the ministry is involved; in fact our education officers and the district manager, Mister Carballo and other education officers from the Cayo district center have been involved with the discussions. But at this point, it is not a point where the ministry would go in and take a hold of the situation. We give the management a chance to work it out and if in fact there are to be disciplinary measures, it is the commission, who I stress at this point, is not controlled by the Ministry of Education, but by various different stakeholder bodies. The ministry is one of the stakeholders on the commission, but there can be no domination on the part of the ministry on the Teaching Services Commission. I say this to the parents and the community that are involved in that situation and I also make this point to other communities, other parents from other schools, who might have a similar—a similar but at a lesser level—the kind of disturbance or issues that that school has in Cayo; that we need to be very careful that it is not ruled by the mob. We cannot, just because we are not happy with something or some things that a principal or a teacher for that matter, anybody who is engaged in education at the school level, just simply because we are not pleased, we go in there and we try to remove people by mob. There is due process and the system is set up for that to occur and I ask people to be patient. I know that sometimes there are a lot of tensions involved in these kinds of situations, but if we allow our rule by mobs, then it is going to take us down a very, very dangerous path. So we ask for patience and we ask those involved to allow the process to go through as it should and then let’s try to resolve the issues as quickly as possible.”

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4 Responses for “Minister Patrick Faber Asks for Patience”

  1. Rod says:

    As everything else in this country. This incompetent pm and gov. Continue to put people who are not qualified in positions they have no education for they just put them for votes this is why you have principals raping students you have teachers who don’t even know how to count so all the kids in this country the come out a school duncy duncy duncy it’s pitiful wake up belizeans you have to vote this crowd out guan judas guan.

  2. BelizeanInAsia says:

    Yeah, as if 4 years isn’t enough time for due process. Only in Belize.

  3. Belizean Pride says:

    “we go in there and we try to remove people by mob” listening to this words to me it has a strong message that he wants to make it public. No mob to try remove someone that is being dislike. It’s like saying if you Belizeans don’t like us either don’t try to remove us by mob. That’s a discouragement statement there between lines.

  4. MNHG says:

    The word “mob” is exactly the best word to address the protesting parents. Get your dictionary, find the meanings.
    And who believes that after a 30 years of teaching career and eventually a principal , how can an angry MOB kick out a principal from her job? What are the charges? murder? rape? OR JUST AMBITIOUS PARENTS?
    There is, as said by Patrick Faber “a due process”.This country have laws in place , there is the court that can decide the outcome of a 30 years career. An angry MOB has no word in that. An angry MOB can only ask the manager to take the principal to court and then the court will tell the TSC as to what are the court findings. ONLY THE TEACHING SERVICE COMMISSION can fire or remove teachers. But the manager is NOT telling the protesting MOB that . WAKE UP, EDUCATE YOURSELF . The world is just smiling at your IGNORANCE.

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