President of the Belize National Teachers Union, Elena Smith is currently in Punta Gorda Town to meet with the administration and teachers of St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic School. Earlier this week we told you of a go-slow by as many as sixteen teachers following their disapproval on several administrative issues. We will hear from President Smith following the meeting; for now we bring you an update on the situation from our Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung who spoke to the Assistant Manager of the Toledo Catholic Schools Association.
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Issues affecting more than a dozen teachers at St.Peter Claver School are being addressed in Punta Gorda. Apart from written means to Catholic School management Monday’s go slow action by the teachers was in connection with issues of concern as aired by Love News. Since the Go Slow action representatives of Catholic Schools General Manager’s office in Belize City, Toledo Catholics School Management, Ministry of Education in Toledo, St.Peter Claver School administration team and affected teachers have been making efforts to address the teachers and management’s concerns as explained by Toledo Catholic RC School Assistant Local Manager Clarette Jacob.
Clarette Jacob, Toledo Catholic RC School Assistant Local Manager: “As a form of moving forward for St.Peter Claver School an update is that we met yesterday, all stakeholders involved, so we had a meeting with our General Manager, the officer from the Ministry of Education Toledo, the admin team from St.Peter Claver School, our local manager Father Matt and myself. What we did was to go through what was discussed or the discontent of our teachers at St.Peter Claver School and so today we continue with yet another meeting with the admin team of St.Peter Claver School, our general manager and myself. We are hoping as we said that whatever is done and whatever is resolved will be for the greater benefit of the parent community, at large the children of St.Peter Claver School and for all stakeholders involved. From the list provided to us by the Principal there were a total of fourteen of twenty nine teachers who shared their discontent. Another update is that we’re trying to identify a spokesperson from that group who will be able to sit with us and discuss what their actual discontent is because they’re varied.”
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Indications are that the teachers appreciate ongoing efforts at all levels to establish as soon as possible a win-win needed situation to have a good and productive working relationship between Toledo Catholic Schools Management, St.Peter Claver RC School administration team and staff.