Teachers will return to the classroom tomorrow for the first full day of school.
This, after the estimated 1,500 educators, who attended a special general meeting called by the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) at Solidarity House this morning decided to set three timelines for responses from the Ministry of Education and the Personnel Administration Division.
“We have given the Personnel Administration Division six weeks to complete the appointment of all temporary teachers in Barbados. We are also going to write to the Personnel Administration Division asking for the complement of teachers to be increased from the present 2,564 established positions to 3,000,” BUT president Pedro Shepherd told a Press conference this afternoon that followed the almost three-hour meeting.
“We want an increase of 436 because the system needs them, the system cannot function without these persons.”
Additionally, the union president said the Ministry of Education would be asked to provide an update “within the next two weeks on the status of the current investigation being conducted into the Parkinson secondary school, and two weeks to give us some indication as well as to what the plan of action, which is being instituted at the Alma Parris Secondary School would bring.”
Teachers returned to the classroom this afternoon following the meeting.