Minister of State in Education Ministry Confident ITVET Salary Situation Will Be Resolved Shortly
Several instructors at the Belize City ITVET are furious because they have not been paid monies owed to them for several months. The instructors report that this situation has been happening since September of 2023, and while they remain committed to their students, they need their monies to survive. The school’s administration reportedly told the instructors that they would be paid yesterday, but called a last-minute meeting to tell them that it wasn’t happening. We asked Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Louis Zabaneh, but he indicated that he was unaware of the issue but is confident that the matter would be addressed shortly.
Dr. Louis Zabaneh, Minister of State, MoECST: “The ministry’s policy is to be fair and to compensate everybody on time. It has to be, right? And not just that, but to create an environment, an exciting environment for our teachers, our principals, our education officers to work. So the last thing that any of our people need to be thinking about is their salary, because we’re now promoting a transformation, competency-based education which allows our teachers now to be doing things with our students, becoming student-centered, and everybody is excited to get back to school. So as a policy, we are obviously focusing on making sure that we get the best of our people, that they enjoy what they do, and that we are actually moving productively in the right direction.”
Reporter: So it’s definitely something that the Minister will be looking at going forward ?
Dr. Louis Zabaneh, Minister of State, MoECST: “Well I have no doubt whatever that is I’m sure that’s just an anomaly and that that will be addressed if it has not already been addressed.”
We note that payment for ITVET teachers, who are retained on one-year contracts, has been an issue for successive government administrations.