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Dec 4, 2023

PM Briceño, “I think the B.N.T.U. should look in the mirror first.”

Prime Minister John Briceño

The Belize National Teachers Union met with its membership this afternoon at various branches across the country.  The meeting succeeds a discussion with the Minister of Education late last week where a number of outstanding issues were addressed, including concerns over unpaid salaries.  In the days leading up to that meeting, union executives fired off a message to membership in respect of the increases in telephone allowances for Chief Executive Officers in the Briceño administration.  The language used in reference to the C.E.O.’s leaves a lot to be desired on the part of the union.  This morning, Prime Minister John Briceño spoke on the issue during an appearance on Open Your Eyes.


Prime Minister John Briceño

“It’s unfortunate.  I think the BNTU should look in the mirror first at what has been happening and how they have been behaving.  And from what I’ve been told, it’s just two or three persons that have really been trying to push this agenda, and the irony is that here is the Minister of Education working hard to be able to provide more for the teachers and a big announcement is going to be made in the House Meeting, but I will leave it for that for the benefit of the teachers.  When you hear that they are making noise about… because of the changes in the curriculum, some of them have to teach thirty minutes more.  Like really, really.  The BNTU, there’s been a study that has been done by the MCC, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, looking at the education system.  We have been investing more and more and more, and we’re not getting the returns.  The problem is that we are not teaching properly.  And I know I’m going to be crucified for saying that, but it is the truth.”

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