MOE given Friday to address security concerns or face teachers’ strike next Monday

The Ministry of Education has been given until Friday this week to address security concerns at school plants on the island or students could be left without teachers next week Monday.

Public schools were shut down on Tuesday to facilitate a meeting between teachers and their union; the Antigua and Barbuda Teachers Union.

The meeting commenced at 9:30 on Tuesday and its findings will be sent to the Ministry of Education possibly today Wednesday.

According to reports from credible sources, a decision was taken to return to the classroom today Wednesday and but the government will be given up until Friday of this week to implement a temporary proposal to address the issues of security at schools.

This proposal sources say is calling for schools to be monitored by the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force after hours.

It is also proposing a joint effort with the police and will be a temporary fix until the other security measures the Cabinet would have announced previously would be in place, like the CCTV cameras during the school term.

It was decided that if these measures are not in place by the end of the week, teachers will take industrial action next week Monday.

Officials at the ABDF requested that they be given a 48-hours to draft the proposal, which will be submitted to the Attorney General for approval.

All this comes as the country will celebrate World Teachers Day today.

School plants on the island have been subjected to vandalism over the past few months, an act Prime Minister Gaston Browne believes is highly political. He said the break-ins, robbery and sabotage of these facilities are most likely being perpetrated by opposition operatives.

A $25 thousand dollar reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the culprits.


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