The President of the BNTU will be taking a trip to Punta Gorda to look into the recent Auditor General’s reports implicating the Principal and teachers at Julian Cho Technical High School of questionable transactions. Julian Cho Technical High School has been in the news since November 2019 when they began having administrative issues and were forced to operate without a principal and vice-principal. Early January this year an investigation was carried out focusing on over two point five million dollars which were distributed at the school without proper documentation or receiving approval from the Contractor General. Here’s what the President had to say pertaining to the issue.
Elena Smith, President, Belize National Teachers Union: “We have not received or seen that report except for what was aired in the news so really and truly I can’t make any comments as to any details. I’ll be visiting the school tomorrow to see what I can gather from the administration there if they are willing to share information but we know that what we have heard doesn’t look good for a school, for a principal, for any administration, a board whoever they are not to have been doing those kinds of things, it doesn’t look good on the institution nor on the ministry or the persons who are responsible for that school. So more and more we are seeing where a lot of schools are being – or a lot of principals sometimes even boards- are being accused of mismanagement of funds. And so what is there in place ? What are we putting in place to ensure that these things don’t happen again? Can you imagine what that school could have done with that amount of money ? How much the children could have been benefiting from that kind of money; programs in the school, assistance for those who can’t afford it, I mean it’s a lot and I’m sure a lot of the other schools that you would see around would wish that they would have that kind of money to put into their students. Unfortunately the monies that that school had the monies weren’t used wisely so as soon as I get a report from the school then I can offer more information.”
Smith will be in Punta Gorda on Friday morning for this meeting.