A step in the right direction.
That’s the assessment of the first round of long-awaited talks between the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) and Minister of Education Ronald Jones held Monday evening at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.
After the more than three-hour long discussion, which also included senior Ministry of Education officials, BUT President Pedro Shepherd told Barbados TODAY the talks were “cordial and a step in the right direction.”
He said the two sides discussed general issues including “security at schools, health and safety issues and indiscipline”, noting that pressing matters such as those related to the Common Entrance Exam, the Caribbean Examination Council and the new cellphone policy for schools were not dealt with.
Shepherd said these issues would be addressed at the next meeting at a date to be decided.
He also revealed that there was a commitment for both sides to maintain continuous dialogue, and a proposal for the two sides to hold talks at the start of the school year.