And while the media entertained Minister Faber with interviews, he also chose to comment on a particular point brought up by the BNTU. He has come under heavy criticism for being against the teacher’s protest actions today, when in 2005, when he was in Opposition he supported them and even did a thing or two on his own. Faber took on the matter directly, saying 2016 and 2005 have nothing in common.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education
“People compare what is happening now in 2016 with what is happened in 2005, they were going to bring out the tape where they dragged me and all of that well let me be clear that I wasn’t in any strike back then, I was not a part of any demonstration with the teachers when that happened I was a responsible administrator and had gone to school that morning made sure everything is ok and made my way to Belmopan independent of any of that in the afternoon but secondly that was in a time when no increase was given ad increments were frozen now how do you compare that to when a time when the government has given two transits of a promise salary increase, approved the third one and is merely saying we want to ask you to be a bit lenient because of the hurricane and despite the fact that the experts internationally are saying to us your wage bill is way too high we will not cut that increase in fact we will even pay 8 million dollars or so in increments that are due how do you compare that to what is happening to 2005 there is not comparison except if it is convenient for you to say Farber was striking or yeah it was the same set of circumstances, it is not, the Prime Minister and this government especially as it relates to teachers, I had the occasion to look back at all the benefits that has come to teachers; training with the European Union in the south and in the north, the certificate in primary all coming in cost of the taxpaying dollars of this country and then there were those benefits received through the partial agreement that was signed for the same collective bargaining agreement which totalled hundreds of thousands of dollars that is rather ridiculous.”
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