Staying put

Yvette Best,

Added 05 January 2013

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At least three of the close to 20 teachers targeted for transfers from The Alexandra School will be returning to the St Peter institution when school resumes on Monday. Head of the Science Department, Amaida Greaves, who was sent a letter informing her that she would be transferred to Harrison College, was one of them. Head of the Fine Arts Department, Gail Streat-Jules, who was listed to be transferred to the Christ Church Foundation School, is believed to be another. The identity of the third teacher is unclear at this stage. The move will be a direct disregard of the orders of the Ministry of Education and the Public Service Commission. In a statement issued yesterday to all the media houses, except the SATURDAY SUN, president of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU), Mary Redman, said the teachers’ continued tenure at Alexandra was based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) negotiated with the Ministry of Education dating back to the 1980s; and Barbados’ signing and ratifying the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 135, which speaks to the protection and facilities for workers’ representatives.

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