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Caribbean News Desk radio prog for Mon, Jan 5, 2015

FLASH BACK: President of the Barbados Union of Teachers Pedro Shepherd (centre), BUT’s vice president Richmark Cave (second from right), Public Relations Officer Dwane Goddard (right), General Secretary Herbert Gittens (left) and executive member Dwayne Greenidge (second from left) make their way into the meeting (PHOTO TAKEN FROM www.barbadostoday.bb)

Classes in Barbados secondary schools are set for disruption Tuesday as teachers are scheduled to pull out of classrooms in the morning and attend a meeting of their union to decide on a possible strike.

The organisation that speaks for most of the islands secondary teachers, the Barbados Union of Teachers, has been demanding the removal of the principals of the Alma Parris and Parkinson  secondary schools because its members are unable to work with these heads. 

Teachers regard the administration styles of those principals as too firm.

Additionally, the union is dissatisfied with what it sees as slow movement towards appointment of some teachers.

Union representatives left a meeting with ministry of education officials last Friday dissatisfied with government’s response to their demands and called the meeting of members for tomorrow, the second day of the new school term.

A Caribbean News Desk correspondent in Barbados says that the Education Ministry has only said that it has commenced action in the case of the Parkinson Secondary School and action is pending for Alma Parris. No deadlines have been given and there has been no reported word in the status of teachers’ appointments.

Union President, President Pedro Shepherd, confirmed with local television station Barbados Today that the meeting is set for Tuesday.

Meanwhile parents voiced their concerns to a local radio station on the impact of the teachers’ withdrawal of service.

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IN TODAY’S PROGRAMME

A teachers’ strike looms in Barbados

Combating violent crime across the Caribbean faces ups and downs

A Cuban human rights organisation saysalmost 9,000 persons arbitrarily arrested last year, more than the previous year

An American-owned airline hopes to force financially troubled Caribbean Airlines to reduce its fares on the Guyana-New York route.

A former Trinidad and Tobago Minister drowns