Less than a month after 141 primary school teachers received their letters of appointment to the Government service, another large batch of appointments have been made to the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development.
President of the Barbados Union of Teachers Pedro Shepherd today confirmed that a total of 192 appointments were made yesterday during a 2 p.m. ceremony at the Erdiston Teaching College.
This brings to 749 the total number of appointments made over the past two years.
“As far as I am aware, the ministry was appointing three batches – 416 in September 2015, a few weeks ago they did 141 and yesterday they did 192 – which would have completed the appointment process,” Shepherd told Barbados TODAY.
However, the Ministry of Education is yet to release any official information on the development after it was harshly criticized last month over its handling of the second batch of appointments.
Opposition Shadow Minister of Education and Human Resources Development Edmund Hinkson while welcoming the appointments, had accused the Freundel Stuart administration of politicizing them.
He was particularly peeved that as opposed to having the appointment letters delivered as was customary, the teachers were summoned to “a meeting at a moment’s notice” and handed letters “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”.
However, from all reports yesterday’s ceremony was handled pretty much the same way.