Government-paid teachers failed to get their requested audience with Minister of Education Ronald Jones this week as planned, due to the minister’s attendance at a funeral.
The disclosure came from President of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) Pedro Shepherd when asked by Barbados TODAY why Jones had called off the meeting which teachers had been pushing to have for months now to discuss a series of pressing issues, including violence in schools and teachers’ appointments.
“The minister has to attend the funeral of a teacher from St Mary’s this afternoon,” Shepherd revealed.
However, the BUT leader said while no new date had been set, he expects the highly anticipated meeting would occur before the end of this month.
In the meantime, BUT representatives were due to meet with top officials of the Caribbean Association of Security Professionals to discuss the controversial issue of violence
in schools, against the backdrop of recent concerning incidents.