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Wednesday start for Alexandra teachers


Carol Martindale

Wednesday start for Alexandra teachers

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Striking teachers at the Alexandra School will return to classes at the St Peter School on Wednesday morning.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made this announcement a short while ago during his 12:30 p.m. press conference at Illaro Court to deal with the dispute.
He, however, noted that the return of the teachers did not mean all was well there.
Describing this step as Stage one of the corrective process, he added that other steps must follow to ensure the school returns to a state of normalcy.
The Prime Minister reported that teachers vowed they would return “every lost minute” to the students.
Stuart said while the teachers wanted to head back to school today, he suggested Wednesday to allow the principal and staff a chance to make proper arrangements for their “uneventful” return.
He noted there has been a lot of hurt experienced at the school, adding that his main consideration was the welfare of the students.
He said that for some time, the situation at the school has been unstable and volatile.
Stuart said he held a long meeting with members of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) on Friday. He said thereafter, he asked them to hold strain for a while to allow him to do some consultations.
He said he held meetings on Saturday and part of yesterday. That meeting to further deal with the problems at the school reconvened last night and ended around 10:30 p.m.
Stuart said his intention during his consultations was also to keep the “circus element” out of this situation.
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