Despite a paltry turnout by teachers at yesterday’s first meeting to discuss the restart of schools in the COVID-19 environment, Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw is confident all will be ready for the new term on September 21. 

It was reported that 340 out of just over 1 300 invited secondary school teachers showed up for the brainstorming session, to which both the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) and the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) strongly objected.

They deemed it a circumvention of their advocacy roles. 

After the closed-door meeting, which ran from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Bradshaw told the media that even though the numbers represented about a quarter of the public secondary school teachers, she was happy with the robust nature of the discussion.

She added that having heard the concerns, she was confident of the start of the new academic year, but there was flexibility for adjustment on the date. 

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