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schoolA majority of schools closed their gates and classroom doors today as teachers participated in a national strike called by the Belize National Teachers Union today. We visited various primary and high schools today and only found a few operational. In Corozal Town, the gates at Our Lady of Guadalupe RC School were padlocked and no one was present. There was no activity at St. Francis Xavier Primary. Corozal Methodist Primary was open, but classrooms were locked up. Mary Hill RC was closed and while the office at Church of Christ Primary School was open, classrooms weren’t.

The high schools were not so different. Corozal Community College and Corozal Junior College had no activity as classrooms remained closed. Outside the town, we found Belize Adventist College in Calcutta Village fully operational. Next door, at Calcutta Primary School, the school children were required to attend despite the national strike. The message was received loud and clear at Xaibe Village where the school building were closed. We found Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico open. We understood some students arrived for school, but there were just a handful of teachers in attendance, so the student were kept inside their conference hall.


During our visiting schools, we stumbled on two officials from the Ministry of Education going from one school to the next to check on their status. We saw them coming out of Belize Adventist College, also at Xaibe R.C. School where they saw the national strike in action. We caught them again at Corozal Community College checking stats.

Our reporter also saw the Police keeping watch over the situation.

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