BRIDGETOWN: The National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (NCPTA) says it will deliver letters to the Ministry of Education and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) as efforts continue to find a solution to end the action taken by teachers who say they will not submit final marks for students who have undergone the School Based Assessment (SBA) program.
The Government of Barbados said the position adopted by the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) and the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) is “unreasonable”.
The teachers are demanding adequate compensation for conducting the SBA program being administered by the regional examination body.
NCPTA president, Shone Gibbs, said dialogue between the parties involved is crucial in order to bring about a resolution to the action. He said the NCPTA was mindful of the teachers’ concerns and wanted a speedy resolution to the ongoing dispute.
“This is a national issue,” he said. “It involves all of our children, all our schools and my call is (to) maintain the status quo this year and let us have discussions, lets engage all parties and I believe it is high time that all the parties involved – unions, CXC, ministries – come together and definitely trash out this issue.”
The Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) warned of an escalation of the teachers’ action to include other Caribbean countries last week.
CUT general secretary, Dr. Virginia Albert-Poyotte, said no external agency like CXC should determine the functions of a teacher and that it is time to defend their rights.
“The momentum will be building up and we will galvanise the entire region to ensure that every single teacher across the region is adequately compensated for the work that they do,” she said.