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Nov 7, 2012

Minister of Education addressing problems at Orange Walk & Belmopan High School

Patrick Faber

At another Baptist school, the faculty, as well as the enrolment of Baptist High School in Belmopan held an on-campus protest, during which they demanded the termination of acting Principal Delvorine Hamilton, who took over following the resignation of former principal Norman Willacey. Willacey is another pastor who fell from grace after confessing to having a relationship with a sixteen year student in August.  Students and teachers are calling for Hamilton’s removal in the wake of recent complaints against her, including ill-treatment, as well as the hiring of unqualified teachers. There is also unrest in Orange Walk Town where teachers at Orange Walk Technical High School staged a brief walkout after accusing the principal of financial mismanagement.  Unlike the staff of Belmopan Baptist, they were immediately called into a meeting with the district education officer to address the matter.  According to Minister of Education Patrick Faber, the situation at Orange Walk Technical High School takes immediate priority since it is a government-owned institution.


Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“We continue to try to ask the persons that are involved, the stakeholders that are involved, to allow the process to work and I think that that is still happening.  Those [teachers] who did whatever was done yesterday in terms of the walk-out are clearly not looking at that and giving the process a chance to work.  But by and large that’s the position of the ministry, we asked the teachers, on my visit the last time, to be patient, to have us properly constitute the board that would deal with the issues and I believe that that is being done.  You saw yesterday that our ministry, our local ministry officials on the ground in Orange Walk were there meeting with the teachers and it’s simply a matter of allowing the process to work, you know.  There is no quick fix to these situations and that’s what I want to ask people to remember.  We can’t just walk in there because parents or students or even teachers decide [that] “we don’t want the principal there” or “this principal’s involved with something.”  It would be irresponsible of the ministry to just move in there and do things otherwise we’ll end up with some kind of legal battle on our hands.  So due process is what I have been asking people to allow and that is the way in which we have approached the whole situation, both there and at Belmopan Baptist High School.  The situation there, in Orange Walk Technical, of course, is of greater concern for us because that is, of course, a government-owned school, while the situation at the Baptist High [School] there is the Baptist management and we have to give them a chance to work.  And, of course, the ministry, while we do oversee these problems and we try to ensure that things happen in a correct manner, we have to give the managements and the owners, the proprietors, which is, in this case, the Baptist management, a chance to do their thing.”


According to the minister, a board has already been commissioned to look into previous allegations made against Principal Elizabeth Muschamp at Orange Walk Technical High School.

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8 Responses for “Minister of Education addressing problems at Orange Walk & Belmopan High School”

  1. Storm says:

    I’m not Faber’s biggest fan, but he has a valid point. The teachers negotiated for a certain process, and they must follow it in all cases, not just when it is to their advantage. So sit down and shut up.

  2. Rod says:

    This is just another big failure of this gov. Ever since Patrick faber has been put in his position the education department has gone down down down all the schools are in disrepair they are hiring unqualified teachers the students are becoming more and more dunce the education dept is in total collapse our children will never reach their potential with this corrupt pm and gov.

  3. bzd2dbone says:

    This woman is now making the issue a political one by involving politicians of the Opposition. We cannot play politics with our children’s education. Let’s keep the politics out of this and let the Board review all the wrongs this woman has done and get her out of the children’s lives…. Orange Walk Technical would be better off without her. The School has gone on a downward spiral since she took over. This is plain for everyone to see. So let’s get this thing moving and replace her with a more qualified and decent person….

  4. Amir castellanos says:

    He is rite; the process needs to be given a chance to work; the problem with our teachers is that they don’t like rules and regulations; some of them believe in showing up to class and “play the fool”. They want to do work at their own pleasure. We must get our act together and straighten these issues immediately; ( has anyone noticed how ridiculous our children behave these days?)
    These institutions need to do a better job. GROW UP

  5. ceo says:

    What ever the heck the situation was it is no longetr that way and there is no way this current situation can be made to be workable. If she is not removed from the school there will be problems and the children will suffer.

    Just transfer her to another school and bring another person in so the school can carry on.

  6. Belizean says:

    SHUT UP ROD..Your comment is INVALID

  7. Seletar says:

    Letting teachers and their union dictate how schools are run is like letting inmates run the asylum.

  8. Teacher says:

    Some of you need to understand that there are many schools that are in violation of The Handbook of Policies. When these institutions don’t follow the rules, teachers do try to talk to administration, only to be insulted and no changes happen. It’s not that us teachers want to cause a scene, but that’s the only way that we can be heard when management and ministry let our concerns fall on deaf ears!

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