The benefit to teachers going on leave to study whilst still receiving a salary has been recalled. Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Education, Yolanda Gongora issued the notice to the Belize National Teachers Union and the administration of government and government-aided schools earlier today. In that notice CEO Gongora stated that this decision for the suspension is part of the financial cutbacks that the Ministry of Education is currently engaged in. Faber who is the former Minister of Education says this is not a wise move that the government made.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Opposition Leader: “We’ve seen now where just today a memorandum went out saying to the teachers that in fact their paid study leave to improve themselves professionally, a move that is very very important but also very important in this time of COVID since our teachers are now in a new realm where they have to be training to learn the technology to deliver from home, to also learn strategy when they don’t use the technology as some parts of our education system are still not up to the technology but they are cutting paid study leave for teachers on an effort to try to send the signal that they’re doing something to save the economy. We have not heard concrete measures from this administration and so it is just as my colleague the Chairman of the Party said the PUP administration going along day to day, there is no plan, they are so haphazard.”
The release did not indicate if those currently on study leave with pay would be affected, but it did say that future requests would not be considered until further notice.