“Desist from any attempts to disrupt the school system at this time.”
That was the impassioned plea by President of the Barbados National Council of Parent Teachers Association (BNCPTA) Shone Gibbs, as he spoke to journalists on the sidelines of an installation service for new members at Mount of Praise Wesleyan Holiness Church this morning.
His comments come on the heels of last Friday’s warning from Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) President Pedro Shepherd that the nation’s educators were prepared to stage industrial action from Wednesday until the current term ends in June, unless Minister of Education Ronald Jones agreed to give teachers their requested hearing.
Shepherd also challenged the Minister to step down if he was “tired of that particular ministry”.
But Gibbs suggested that the parties could talk over whatever disputes they have.
“I believe that we could come up with resolutions, because at the end of the day we still have to sit and talk to come up with solutions to the problems, and we need to get to the table as soon as possible.”
He called on all involved to stop seeking to outdo each other and to get into meaningful discussions.
“I suggest to all the stakeholders, partners in this process . . . whoever believe they have a trump card, they need to drop the trump card, start building. Start building and let us come up with intellectual solutions and not emotional solutions, ” Gibbs said.