Yesterday we told you about parents in Progresso Village who are up in arms after their request for the removal of one of the teachers and the principal of the school, whom they claim to be ‘incompetent’, have fallen on deaf ears. And with a new school year coming up, they plan to protest until a tangible solution is met. We spoke to a parent yesterday and she shared with us that they were waiting the arrival of the Seventh Day Adventist union leader Pastor Leslie Gillette to meet on the matter and that they have submitted their concerns to the District Education Officer in Orange Walk.
Today we contacted Education Officer Carla Alvarez who informed us that the concerns have not gone on deaf ears, but that she has submitted the complaints to the Management of the Seventh day Adventist School to allow them the time and opportunity to address the situation. Alvarez told us she is expecting a report from who guaranteed that the situation will be looked into. If in the event that the issue is not resolved, the Ministry will have to intervene since it is affecting the performance of the students and their education.
As mentioned at the top of the story, yesterday parents gathered outside the school waiting for the arrival of Gillette, to pose their concerns to him. But according to one of the parents whom we spoke with today, Pastor Gillette paid them no heed and proceeded to meet with teachers. What we must note is that parents are making serious accusations against the teachers and principal of the school. Included among the accusations is bad administration, invalid reasons for classes and even drinking while at work. We will keep following this story and bring you more on the situation in Monday’s newscast.
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