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BUT to members: Stand firm


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BUT to members: Stand firm
President of the Barbados Union of Teachers, Pedro Shepherd. (FILE)

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The Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) is not budging from its position on the Bounce Back Summer School Programme for primary school students scheduled for next month and August, even though the Ministry of Education, Technical and Vocational Training says it’s now voluntary.

So strong is the union’s resolve to not have its “physically and mentally tired” members participate, that yesterday afternoon, in a media statement made on its YouTube channel, president Pedro Shepherd advised them not to do so as it deemed the proposal an attempt to change the terms and conditions of teachers.

The programme is one of “several initiatives to provide students with additional educational support over the summer vacation, having recognised the impact of the lack of face-to-face instruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic” the ministry had stated in a notice issued through the Barbados Government Information Service.

It is being organised for primary school students in Infants A to Class 3 for three weeks. The sessions are scheduled be held daily from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with students in Infants A and B attending from July 12 to 30 and those in Classes 1, 2 and 3 from August 9 to 27. (GBM)

 

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