While the teachers are out of the classrooms, Alfonso Noble was out picketing in front of the BNTU’s Headquarters in Belize City. Noble who is the editor of the UDP owned The Guardian Newspaper and TV Talk Show Host for “First thing Da Mawning” for Wave TV-also a UDP own entity, was accompanied by two others. Noble says he supports the teachers’ cry for their three percent salary adjustment buts wants them to return to the classrooms.
“I try to encourage them to read their books to do that kind of home studying but that is not what I pay for, that is not what I have my children in school for. I need the teachers to be back in school and teaching the children. They have passed their point loud and clear and we understand that they want certain demands to be met but by the same token they are not sitting at the table with the government. They are saying they want certain demands but they are not coming to the table and I’m tired of this. My children are losing out.”
“You are a very opinionated person, some people may classify you as a political mouthpiece for the UDP you have a talk show for Wave TV is this all for show?”
“I am the editor of the Guardian Newspaper, a UDP newspaper, I am a talk show host for a UDP radio station but first and foremost I am a parent. If this were a UDP demonstration trust me it would not be three people out here, that is a fish of a different flavor. This is about Alfonso Noble and my three children who are missing out of school at this time. I wanted the teachers to get their salary, I want them to get that, why wouldn’t I.”
“Would all be to no avail? Would you really think the teachers would listen to you ?”
“I don’t care if they listen to me, I don’t care what they do I don’t care if they begin to negotiate or stop negotiating, I want my children in school.”
Noble says he will picket in front of the BNTU’s headquarters until the teachers go back to school.