The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has congratulated 141 primary school teachers on their recent appointment to the Government service.
However, Shadow Minister of Education and Human Resources Development Edmund Hinkson is not at all pleased with Government’s handling of the matter.
In fact, he has accused the Freundel Stuart administration of politicizing the appointments, which he said were long in coming.
“Indeed, these appointments are over three years in coming, since Education Minister Jones promised them in an address to the annual general conference of the Barbados Union of Teachers way back in April, 2014,” Hinkson said in a statement today on the matter.
“The Barbados Labour Party indeed looks forward to all other eligible temporarily employed teachers being appointed in the very near future,” he added, while condemning “in no uncertain terms” what he saw as a blatant attempt by the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) to politicize last Friday’s appointments.
“The summoning of these teachers to a meeting at a moment’s notice no doubt left the management of their respective schools having to scramble to make alternative arrangements for thousands of children to be supervised that Friday afternoon,” the BLP Shadow Minister said.
“The handing over of these letters which are signed by his Excellency the Governor General as an act of the State of Barbados, at a ceremony at which Minister Jones spoke and his Parliamentary Secretary Senator [Harry] Husbands was also present, breaches all norms of good governance and is simply improper.
“These appointment letters ought to have been delivered to these worthy teachers by mail as is the custom,” Hinkson stressed.
“In all of this, the teaching profession continues to wait in vain for the establishment of a separate teachers’ service commission, after numerous years of promises by this DLP administration to finally bring into reality an amendment to our Constitution which was made 42 years ago,” he added.