The Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) is not at all happy with the way in which Government went about relocating the fifth and sixth form students of Combermere School.
On November 16, the Ministry of Education closed the school until further notice to allow for further investigation into the environmental problems at the Government-run Waterford, St Michael institution.
The ministry had also said it was in the process of securing alternative accommodation for staff and students.
It made good on that promise last week, announcing that sixth formers would resume classes yesterday at Erdiston Teachers Training College, while classes for fifth form students would recommence today at the Samuel Jackson Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP).
In the meantime, the authorities said they were making every effort to find alternative accommodation for the remainder of the school.
However, BSTU President Mary Redman told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that neither the union nor its membership was consulted on the relocation process.
“They [the teachers] were just told that this was arranged. They knew of the arrangement the same day when classes started,” Redman said, while pointing out that not all teachers owned vehicles.
The union leader contended that out of respect and courtesy, there should at all times be consultation beforehand so teachers could point out any potential problems and seek to address them early.
Redman said she could not speak to how the classes had gone so far at the two locations, but revealed that some teachers had been holding classes at the union’s headquarters in Belleville, St Michael.
“In terms of how the transition to Erdiston and SJPP went, I am not sure,” the BSTU president said.