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Problems persist in schools reopening

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson yesterday said there is still a “lack of information” regarding the strategy the Ministry of Education plans to employ to ensure that teachers and students are able to work in a safe environment as face-to-face classes resume in several islands.

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Union wants plan on school reopening

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers is again calling on education officials to release a clear plan on new school health and safety procedures that will allow for a safe return to the classrooms on islands that are still practising virtual learning.

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Union chief: Education officials do not have a clue on reopening

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson said it is obvious the Ministry of Education and its top officials “do not have a clue” on how schools will reopen safely for face-to-face learning.

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Union chief: Taking vaccine should be a choice for teachers

TAKING the COVID-19 vaccine should be a personal choice for teachers, Bahamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson said yesterday.

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INSIGHT: The numbers don’t lie - the system doesn’t work and needs torn up

WITH the publication of the national exam results at the beginning of the year, one thing is apparent. The performance of Bahamian children in these examinations continues to trend in the wrong direction. Of the 6,073 students who sat the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) exams, only 365 – an incredibly low six percent – received at least a grade C in five subjects.

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‘D minus’ for defence of exam grades

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson has accused Ministry of Education officials of trying to twist the narrative about the “poor” BJC and BGCSE examination results.

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Schools open? Why not tell the teaching union?

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson has accused education officials of not communicating about today’s reopening of schools.

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Teachers union president calls for educational year to be repeated

After seeing the results of the country’s national examinations, President of the Bahamas Union of Teachers Belinda Wilson is recommending that the Ministry of Education repeat the 2020 educational year and stop social promotion in schools.

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Teacher union chief doubtful over claims of in-person teaching by February

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson says she hasn’t given much credence to Education Minister Jeff Lloyd’s expectation that face-to-face learning at public schools will begin by February 2021.

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Day two and pupils still can’t log on to lessons

THE Ministry of Education’s public school virtual learning platform remained down for the second day yesterday, according to the Bahamas Union of Teachers.

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BUT President claims schools hit by COVID-19 cases

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson claimed Friday that a number of schools have been plagued by COVID-19 cases this week.

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Teachers at odds over numbers on 'sick out'

ABOUT 1,000 teachers across the country called in sick yesterday in protest over what they described as a lack of COVID-19 health and safety protocols at schools, according to Bahamas Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson.

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Schools showdown: Teachers plan mass absence

A PLANNED sit-out of public school teachers could disrupt the resumption of national exams today as educators look to protest the readiness of their institutions for COVID-19.

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Union has doubts on schools reopening

PRESIDENT of Bahamas Union of Teachers Belinda Wilson has expressed doubt that the Ministry of Education is ready for the 2020 school year.

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BUT president hits out over lack of consultation on school dates

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson has criticised the Ministry of Education for not consulting teachers on the dates for the re-opening of schools after it was revealed that teaching lessons for students will begin in late September.

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Union raises concerns as exams get underway

THE first day of the sitting of the national BJC and BGCSE exams had some challenges, according to Bahamas Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson. The exams are controversially being held later than usual this year because of COVID-19 after months of school closures forced students to learn virtually.

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BUT president: Union yet to receive plan for schools reopening

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers (BUT) Belinda Wilson said the union has yet to receive a plan or framework from the Ministry of Education for the reopening of schools.

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Wilson: Heads should roll over teacher shortage

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson said “heads should roll” due to the “perennial” shortage of teachers, adding more than 100 teachers are still waiting to be placed in schools by the Ministry of Education since the 2019-2020 school year started.

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School security upgrade ‘overdue’

A DAY after two students were stabbed at C V Bethel High School, Bahamas Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson said she has been making a clarion call for more than a decade to strengthen school security.

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Teachers’ fury over pay cut

THE Ministry of Education has cut the salaries of approximately 75 teachers from CH Reeves Junior High School and Carlton Francis Primary School, according to Bahamas Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson.

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BUT president: 100 teachers yet to be assigned to a school

ONE hundred teachers oriented at the beginning of the semester have not yet been assigned to a school more than a month into the term, according to Bahamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson.

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Belinda Wilson re-elected as BUT president

BELINDA Wilson is celebrating yet another re-election victory as president of the Bahamas Union of Teachers after elections were held this week.

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BUT calls for Ministry to establish communicable diseases protocol

THE BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson is calling for the Ministry of Health to establish a protocol relating to tuberculosis, scabies or any communicable diseases.

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Teachers set to return to CV Bethel today

TEACHERS at CV Bethel Senior High School will return to the classroom today, one week after classes were suspended because they were left “traumatised” after a marine biology teacher was reportedly injured in an altercation with two male students.

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Teachers want 20% pay hike

WHEN the Bahamas Union of Teachers sits to negotiate its new industrial agreement with the government, a 20 percent pay increase over three years will be among the union’s demands, BUT president Belinda Wilson has revealed.

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