Friday 24 May, 2019

Education MInister to talk with PM during treatment break

Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training Santia Bradshaw

Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training Santia Bradshaw

Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training Santia Bradshaw is to meet on Saturday with Prime Minister Mia Mottley, other senior Cabinet colleagues and education stakeholders to address “high priority issues in education” including school violence, the disrepair of schools and inadequate amenities.

In a letter sent to General Secretary of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU), Dawn Grovesnor; a copy of which has been obtained by LOOP NEWS, Chief Education Officer, Karen Best said “the Minister [Bradshaw] would be using her 48-hour weekend break from radiation therapy in Miami to return to the island for urgent talks . . ..

“Your union will therefore be invited to send three representatives to [give] input at the meeting and to share concerns and recommendations emanating from Wednesday’s [tomorrow] session at Government Headquarters, Bay Street, St Michael.”

There has been strong support for the emergency BSTU mass meeting, with the Chief Education Officer informing the BSTU in the same letter, that their request to engage its membership in a meeting at Solidarity House had the Ministry’s support.

“I have been directed to inform you that the minister supports the Union’s request to engage its fill membership on this important issue and, as an act of solidarity with teachers all schools will close at 1:00 p.m. to accommodate the attendance of your membership at this very important meeting.”

LOOP NEWS, additionally understands that all Caribbean Examinations Council's Exams – CAPE and CSEC will proceeds as scheduled, while teachers marking Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examinations (Common Entrance Exam) papers are expected to continue with the marking process.

Also, matches in the ongoing BICO Primary Schools Football Tournament are expected to continue as scheduled.

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