Teachers at the Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary School say they will not be intimidated over any decision they take about where they buy lunch.
For the second day since vendors were banned from selling on the school property during lunchtime, the teachers made their way to the opposite side of the road to patronise the regular vendors, one of whom has sold at the school for close to 30 years.
Among the teachers was General Secretary of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union Dawn Grosvenor who said, “I am just here to purchase lunch during my lunchtime. The vendors have been here since my father’s time and I will continue to patronize them,” she vowed.
She was accompanied by several teachers who selected lunch from Ms. B and her assistant Esther Murray. The former has been selling at the school for close to three decades.
The frustrated educators continue to stand their ground.
Once again, students at the rural school remained mute on the issue as the gates leading to the playing field, which would usually bring them closer to the vendors outside, remained locked.
As a result they could only watch from a safe distance as teachers made their purchases.
Backed by some of her colleagues, the BSTU executive member, Dawn Grosvenor also a teacher at the school told Barbados TODAY that teachers would not be intimidated.
Grosvenor said she was not “warned or told anything” by the school’s administration about patronizing vendors outside.
According to reports, last week teachers were warned that it was disrespectful for them to purchase items from vendors outside of the school and that they could be transferred if they did not comply.
When asked if teachers supported the stance taken by students last week, Grosvenor offered a “no comment”.
In a statement released last Friday, the ministry called for support from teachers, students, parents, media and the general public in its stance against lunchtime vending outside the school compound. It also called on parents, guardians and members of the public not to encourage students of any school to disregard the directives of schools’ administration.
When questioned on Monday about the decision to continue buying from the vendors, one teacher noted that they were men and women and as such, during their lunch break, they could purchase food from whomever they chose.