The Belize National Teacher’s Union’s insistence that classes should open on January 9th instead of the Ministry of education’s advised date –January 3rd – seems to have been resoundingly accepted by teachers and even parents at most schools in Corozal also.
We found nearly 80% of schools closed or with insufficient number of students or teachers to hold regular classes. We found closed Corozal Methodist School, Guadalupe RC Primary School, San Antonio Government School, Mary Hill R.C., and Xaibe Government School.
We found St. Francis Xavier open with a significant number of students in attendance. Corozal Community College resumed classes as scheduled with students showing up. In Paraiso Village the school was open for classes, but only 5 of 12 teachers reported and about 20 students.
There were definitely more schools closed than open. It will be interesting to see how the Ministry of Education reacts to the defiance to their call for classes to re-open today. Their threat to cut the salaries of teachers who went on strike for 11 days in October last year has been left in limbo by an injunction ordered by the court. The Union has accused the Ministry of intimidating school managements into curtailing the Christmas holidays even though the managements and teachers have sorted out how teachers will make up time for the days lost in October. We will continue to monitor the situation.