The Barbados Union Of Teachers (BUT) says it has been taken by surprise by a recent document circulating on social media regarding protocols for the reopening of schools to accommodate Class 4 and senior secondary school students.
General secretary Herbert Gittens told the DAILY NATION yesterday that while the union had not been able to ascertain as yet if the document was indeed released by the Ministry of Education, any publication of protocols at this stage would essentially be a circumvention of the consultation process.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Senator Dr Rommel Springer, confirmed last night that the document was authentic. It was also published on the Barbados Government Information Service’s website yesterday.
Springer declined to comment further regarding whether there was an expectation of further consultation with the unions.