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BSTU: Ministry dropped the ball

LEANNE TASHER, [email protected]

BSTU: Ministry dropped the ball

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THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION is being accused of ignoring teachers’ rights.

And, according to president of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU), Mary Redman, recent student-on-teacher assaults could be seen as evidence of the ministry’s failure to cooperate with teachers’ unions.

Redman told the DAILY NATION that the union’s appeals to have productive meetings with the ministry had been largely ignored over the years. She said issues within the education system had been stacking up, and could be linked to the recent confrontations with teachers.

Citing examples like drug abuse, high ratios of students to teachers in the classroom, and ineffective methods of discipline, Redman said it was not surprising that instances of student misconduct were becoming more prevalent.  

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.