FILE - President of the Barbados Union of Teachers, Pedro Shepherd.
The Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) is as pleased as punch following the move by Government to grant permanent appointments to over 100 teachers in the primary school system on Friday.
News of the appointments came from President of the BUT, Pedro Shepherd, who explained that close to 140 teachers will be awarded permanent posts.
He explained the Ministry of Education had promised that a total of 262 teachers would be appointed in this particular tranche. He said with half of this number being appointed, he hopes the remaining teachers will receive their notice soon.
The topic of appointments for temporary teachers has been a bone of contention between the union and the Ministry for some time now. Back in August 2015, Minister Jones had announced that a total of 416 teachers would be appointed at the primary level. He explained the Ministry had encountered some challenges with the appointment process and had made a decision to conduct the appointments in batches as opposed to all at one time.
Teachers were given official notice of their appointments during a ceremony at the Erdiston Teachers Training College on Friday attended by the Minister of Education, Ronald Jones and Chief Education Officer, Karen Best.
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