Screen_Shot_2014-03-19_at_7.45.26_PMA few weeks ago Minister of Education Patrick Faber took a lot of heat from teachers. The relationship between the boss “per say” and the employees is not a good one but despite that fact Faber continues with his countrywide tour meeting with teachers and students of Rural Schools. The Minister and his entourage travelled further north today as he visited the Santa Clara/ San Roman RC School in the Corozal District as part of his National school tour. Reporter Victor Castillo was on hand to capture the event and filed the following report.


Victor Castillo – Reporting


Shortly after ten this morning, Minister Patrick Faber arrived at the Santa Clara / San Roman RC School grounds where students stood and welcomed him with a huge applause. Faber is on a country wide school tour visiting with faculty and students from several education institutions. Among the gathered were Education officer for the Corozal District, principals, chairlady of the school’s PTA, and parents. After the short ceremony we caught up with Minister Faber who shared with us the motive and the objective of his tour here in the northern part of the country.


Hon. Patrick Faber – Min. of Edu. Youth and Sports.


“Well as you know, the tour is really design for me to get first-hand information as to what is happening to our schools but also I take very seriously the opportunity that I get to speak to the children and parents and teachers when I visit the districts so this is an ongoing thing for me and I enjoy it very much and I look forward to be able to make firm decisions based on my personal learning of the situation out here.”


Faber added that out of the 300 plus schools across the country he has visited some 250 of them. During his speech Minister Faber says he has been taking notes of the needs and conditions that the schools operate, so that he can address those areas.


Hon. Patrick Faber – Min. of Edu. Youth and Sports.


“There are a number of issues for example there are two small schools here and of course both of the schools are probably struggling for resources and so on and this is in my view a case for amalgamation but this require a lot of discussion with the stakeholders here and so it is a kind of familiarization for me and for them this is like a fruit in the door in terms of starting to have those discussions but that is one of the things that strike me immediately here as we visited the SDA and the RC school and of course we also see the physical conditions of the infrastructure and we get to see the quality of the teacher and all of these things we silently observe and of course when we have to make decisions to make these corrections if you will or in order to give praise if we see good things going then we don’t hesitate to do that.”


At 2 pm teachers gathered at the Andres Civic Center for a meeting with Minister Faber where some of the issues surrounding the educational system would be discussed and ways in which they can be solved.


Hon. Patrick Faber – Min. of Edu. Youth and Sports.


“Well of course, we use the opportunity to get out the information and I believe that some misinformation has happened as it relates to the collective bargaining agreement negotiations information that is disseminated specially by the Belize National Teacher Union and so I give a chance to give the government side of this and I also get a chance to hear also from the teachers concerns that they may be having about their situations so that again when I make decisions on their behalf that I can be very inform about the things that are important to them.”


Faber next stop was at Buena Vista RC and Caledonia RC for today. Tomorrow his tour moves to San Narciso RC, Calcutta Gov’t and SDA and Belize Adventist College. Reporting for CTV3 News. Victor Castillo.


In his Corozal tour, Minister Faber will be visiting with 7 primary schools and one high school institution.

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