noneThe tension brought about by the border situation with Guatemala is growing and fast. There has been death experienced in both countries but the latest incident has sent shock waves across Belize. While many organizations and the public at large clamor for government to take the lead in resolving this situation, it appears that even children are being dragged into the matter. According to the Belize National Teachers’ Union branch in Benque Viejo del Carmen in Cayo, there is a growing problem between Belizean children and Guatemalan children who attend the school there. Apparently, children who live in communities near the border, travel into Belize to attend the school but are now being rejected by Belizean children in the same institution.

Otilio Munoz- President BNTU Orange Walk Branch

“They have three buses of children coming from Melchor to Benque and it is creating a little friction. The children from Belize want to stop mingling with the students of Melchor and we don’t want that to happen. So we believe that measures thieve to be taken from teachers from Government in order to solve this situation in an amicable way that children at no time should be involved even though parents are out there and the media is giving out the issues that is happening and children are picking this up they should not be involved. We are trying to look at the Ministry’s position because a lot of us did not know that this situation was happening in the west.”

Munoz says that the National President of the BNTU is looking into the matter and will, if he hasn’t yet, bring the matter to the attention of the Ministry of Education.

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