Educators are Serious About Good Governance

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Updated: September 15, 2016

In their letter to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, the Belize National Teachers Unions outlined seven demands to which the Prime Minister has responded.  Overall, the BNTU is demanding good governance from the Government and their demands include the institution of the Integrity Commission, the Public Accounts committee, and the thirteenth Senator. To this the prime minister responded quote, “Constitution of the Integrity Commission is awaiting conclusion of the search for a Chartered Accountant of requisite standing……The PAC has, right at the start of the new parliament, been properly constituted and appointed under the House of Standing Orders…..The 13th Senator cannot be named at least until rules governing the modalities for section have been worked out”, end of quote. And to ensure that the PM understands that the BNTU is serious, on Monday they will show how serious they are. We hear more in this report from Hipolito Novelo.

HIPOLITO NOVELO

“Thousands of teachers are expected to demonstrate in Belmopan on Monday. The Belize National Teachers Union recently rejected Government’s request to have their three percent salary adjustment differed to April of 2017.”

LUKE PALACIO

“Our teachers go beyond the call of duty. Our teachers are at school early in the morning because there are parents that go to work and they need to drop of their children at school and the teachers are there. Our teachers stay back at school after parents who are employed come off at 5 and 6pm because their children are still at school. We as teachers take money out of our pockets and feed children. We as teachers take money out of our pocket and buy materials so that our children, not our biological children but the children we teach are able to participate actively in all the activities in our school and so they can learn.”

HIPOLITO NOVELO

“BNTU President, Luke Palacio, says that “it’s for more than the three….it’s for country”. He says the demonstration falls in line with the union’s Stand Up for Belize: Solidarity Stand Campaign.”

LUKE PALACIO

“That we are going to have our national demonstration in Belmopan on Monday to let it be known that the BNUT and its members are not sitting by idly and allowing all of these things that are affecting our country in a negative way nationally and internationally that they cannot go unchallenged, that they cannot go unaddressed and that the intention is that we are fighting for a better nation.”

HIPOLITO NOVELO

“Tomorrow the membership of the BNTU will wear their green t-shirts to show solidarity and on Monday, they are expecting to flex their muscle and get a reaction from the UDP Government.”

LUKE PALACIO

“The BNTU has always shown how committed its members are and we are not about to make any threats, we are not about trying to bring down this country, we are about trying to get our country to be better and whatever the numbers go out to Belmopan on Monday it would have been sending a message that we as teacher are not satisfied, we as teachers are concerned about this country and we will not give up trying to ensure that Belize becomes a better place for all of us.”

HIPOLITO NOVELO

“While the BNTU, as a collective body, has decided to march for Good Governance on Monday, each teacher has the option not to demonstrate.”

LUKE PALACIO

“We always say to our teachers that we did not go to school to become fools and if anybody decides that they are going to fall and pray to the administrators who when it suits them want the unions on their side then so be it but we cannot force anybody to do what they don’t want to and equally so we are saying to our teachers you stand up, intimidation can be there for a day or two but at the end of the day it is for the greater good of this country that we are fighting for.”

Reporting for Love News, I am Hipolito Novelo.