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Screen_Shot_2014-08-26_at_7.43.59_PMIt’s been a couple of days now that we have been reporting on the feud between parents,  teachers and  principal of Progresso SDA Primary School and the situation seems to be getting worst as the new opening of the news school year approaches. Parents claim that some of the teachers at the school and the principal have not been doing their job. In fact they have been called incompetent. As mentioned, the situation seems to be escalating and today reporter Victor Castillo travelled to the village of Progresso where he met with a group of parents who held back no punches and voiced out their concerns.


Victor Castillo – Reporting


With the new school year rapidly approaching, the situation at SDA Primary School is escalating and there is no doubt that students are the ones to be most affected if that is not already the case.


Parents of students attending the school claim that at least one of the teachers and the principal of the school are  not fit for the job  they are being paid to carry out, offering a quality education to the children. The parents are accusing the principal of the school of bad administration and the teacher of drinking while at work among other things.


And with such a bad record parents are asking for the transfer of the teacher and the principal, but according to them, all their concerns have gone on deaf ears. Since no one seems to be able to respond to their concerns, parents shave opted to carry out plan B come Monday and their request is not granted.


Maria Moercia – Parent


“En mi opinión y de muchos parientes acá es que estos maestros deberás no quieren ensenar a nuestros hijos no están interesados realmente en el bienestar estudiantil de nuestros hijos en el aprovechamiento que ellos pueden tener el día de mañana que salgan de esta escuela y vayan al colegio estos niños no están aprendiendo nada porque yo lo digo por la experiencia con mi hijo el no aprendido nada no sabe leer ni escribir y si puede demasiado poco también ellos no son puntuales son mentirosos.”


Janet Mayer’s – parents


“Yo creo que debería ser un cambio para los niños no solo para el mío pero para todos porque están sufriendo en una manera los dejan solos y solo pasan jugando en las clases y creo que un como pariente paga para que les enseñen una educación a nuestros hijos.”


Abi Taca – Parent.


“Hemos tratado de llamar la atención especialmente yo porque yo tenía dos hijos aquí en esta escuela y he sacado a una por los mismo por medio de que Míster Tamay lo enseño y ni aprendió nada y la mande a otra escuela he hicieron que mi hijo tuviera que repetir otro año para poder llegar a STD II y ahora me quede con un hijo aquí y eso estamos tratando de hacer los cambios con este maestro porque el enseno mi hijo este term , first term que hubo no conseguimos report card, second term fue un incomplete exam porque según el que nunca tiene tiempo y nos acercamos  hablar con él con buena forma y él siempre nos ignora y como nos agarra de burla y es por eso que estamos todos los pariente como pueden ver dando nuestra opinión y dando nuestra esperanzas que alguien de Ministry of Education y si el propio Ministro Patrick Farber pude ayúdanos con esto por tres años también ya es mucho.”


As mentioned, the accusations made are serious and go as far as drinking, instead of teaching.


Janet Mayer’s – parent


“Yo estaba en la cocina con otra compañera cuando bidé que el maestro Alvaro estaba llevando la cervezas [ara ponerlas en la refrigeradora para la hora de lunch en ese tiempo nosotros estamos dando comida a los niños y mi compañera sabemos de eso pero la hora que ellos se juntaban allí ya yo me hacía a un lado porque no me gustaban lo que hacían y si traían sus cervezas y las ponían en el referí para consumirlas.”


Emilia Cau – Parent


“Si teacher Alvaro me ve atra ves de este programa, yo se lo he dicho y eso es el problema y mi esposo hablo con él, nos quitamos de acá de Progreso y llegamos como de 15 a 20 minutos a Orange Walk y los maestros acababan de venir de la Zona Libre cuando yo me metí en el vehículo habían botellas de cerveza, estaba el principal Tamay a mi lado y estaba otro maestro a mi lado entonces yo le digo que significa esto solo se rio el principal Tamay y si me está escuchando en estos momentos él sabe que estoy diciendo la verdad.”


But as they say, there are two sides to every story and we tried getting comment from Seventh Day Adventist union leader Pastor Leslie Gillette. When we contacted him the first time, he agreed to give us an interview after lunch, but when we called him back our calls went unanswered.


With no one providing answers, these parents have decided to take a stand on Monday.


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“What are some of the measure that you will take coming Monday if nothing is being resolve?”


Alba Luz – Parent


“Well we will take out the teacher out of the school because they are not good example for the children at school, first of all, I have a daughter that graduated last year, I pay teacher Alvaro $75 and every parent pays to get her diploma and I paid mines as all the parent them and my daughter march up to get her diploma and when my daughter hand me the diploma it was one white paper wrap up with no marking on it so I went to teacher Alvaro and ask him what is this that you are doing, you tell me that my daughter will get her diploma and you gave her a white piece of paper that no have my daughter name on it nor nothing and so he said that he have a problem because he cannot go to Belize and cannot get the diplomas and all the rest of the children got their diploma and my daughter didn’t get her diploma and so when I went to approach teacher Alvaro he stand up to me harassing me as a parent and he know I have a right and told me if I want do what I want to do and I could go any way and none will tell him what do at his class and I went to the principal and the principal said that he didn’t know about any diploma so how he will not know and he is the principal of all the school.”


As mentioned before, parents have filed a complaint to Orange Walk’s District Education Officer, Carla Alvarez who has stated 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 Pastor Gillette. In the event that the issue is not resolved, the Ministry will have to intervene how soon, that is left to be seen. 

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