TEACHERS’ FEARS ON COVID TRACING: Union concern over ability to properly monitor school cases

BUT president Belinda Wilson.

BUT president Belinda Wilson.


Tribune Staff Reporter


THE Bahamas Union of Teachers is concerned about the capacity of the Ministry of Health and Wellness to facilitate proper contract tracing in the face of COVID-19 cases in schools and communities.

BUT president Belinda Wilson has questioned the Ministry’s ability to adequately process, and to follow up on all of these cases in a timely manner.

She highlighted her issues in a voice note on Friday.

Last week, Mrs Wilson said the union was “closely monitoring” the spread of COVID-19 in public schools.

“In addition to the 14 schools identified earlier this week with COVID positive cases and scores of teachers on quarantine and hundreds of students, we now have Uriah McPhee Primary School, CH Reeves Jr High, Sister Annie Thompson Preschool and we are still concerned about Stephen Dillet Primary School. There still experiencing some concerns there and there are two other schools that we’re awaiting further information on possible positive cases,” the voice note explained.

“One of the major concerns now is the capacity of the Ministry of Health contact tracing unit to facilitate, to adequately process and to follow up on all of these cases in a timely manner. So, the Bahamas Union of Teachers we will continue to monitor each school closely and we will ensure that our members are safe and that students are also safe.”

 The Tribune tried to contact Education Director Marcellous Taylor, but there was no response.

 It was previously claimed that schools such as C R Walker, T G Glover, C C Sweeting Senior, Garvin Tynes Primary School, Stephen Dillet, C V Bethel, Arthur’s Town Comprehensive, S C McPherson, Laura Anderson in North Eleuthera, North Eleuthera High, Doris Johnson, Gambier Primary, Gerald Cash, Eva Hilton, have all “seen one or more positive cases”.


ohdrap4 1 year, 4 months ago

These teachers will hold on to the covid madness as long as possible.

Not to worry. Monkeypox a' coming.


DDK 1 year, 4 months ago

Big buncha foolishness. If these so-called teachers ever knew how to educate to begin with, they will have been out of school for so long they will probably have to be retrained🤣 One of their major concerns in certainly not the education of our youth!


tribanon 1 year, 4 months ago

Too many of them should have never been teachers in the first place. We have an abundance of unqualified and untrainable D - educated teachers who are producing way too unemployable D - educated 'graduates' each year, with the expectation that government will higher them no matter what, including many among them to be the next generation of D - educated teachers.


tribanon 1 year, 4 months ago

Oops! Word "many" is missing and "higher" should be "hire".


DWW 1 year, 4 months ago

get real, get waxxed. Did the union tell their members to get waxxed? oh! no? why not? Are they more afraid of getting a little needle than getting a mild disease from a snot nose brat? I'm so sorry. But the reality is that the vacation is over and we all have to get back to work. suck it up. no more sympathy for the silly youtube educated please.


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