Roman Catholic and Association of Secondary School Principals Tell Luke to Put Interest of Children First

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Updated: December 15, 2016

The Roman Catholic Management has written to the President of the Belize National Teachers Union, Luke Palacio following a release from the BNTU earlier this week regarding the date for the re-opening of schools. In its release the BNTU took issue with the Ministry of Education stating that classes would resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. They said that it is their belief that school managers and not the Ministry should plan alongside its teachers and implement make-up time for the days teachers were on strike.   As we said the Roman Catholic Management wrote Palacio telling him teachers should make up the days to complete the 180 days required by law for a school year. They say the four days, January three to six and April ten and eleven seems a reasonable plan that avoids extending the school year into July when many teachers are studying. Bishop Dorick Wright reminded teachers that the management supported teachers in the issues they fought for. He goes on to say he also supported that they should get paid and those union representatives who visited him said they were willing to make up the time. The Catholic Management is appealing to the BNTU to put the interest of the children first and to work the days set by the unanimous agreement with officials from the Ministry of Education. That sentiment was also echoed by the Belize Association of Principals of Secondary Schools.