Teachers and parents in North Andros sign petition over concerns

Belinda Wilson, President of the BAHAMAS Union of Teachers.

Belinda Wilson, President of the BAHAMAS Union of Teachers.

BY DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport reporter

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Bahamas of Union of Teachers Belinda Wilson in a call for the Ministry of Education to address the concerns outlined in a petition signed by teachers and parents in North Andros.

Last week, parents took their children out of school after teachers walked out of class in frustration over unresolved problems at school.

Ms Wilson said the union had received a letter outlining a number of concerns about the principal of Lowe Sound Primary. Also attached was a petition signed by teachers, parents and community members.

She said the acting director of education had received a copy of the letter and petition.

Ms Wilson stressed that the union is keen to see matters resolved as quickly as possible in the interests of students, teachers and parents in North Andros.

Parents and teachers are not happy with the way the school is operating, said Ms. Wilson, who notes that no PTA meetings have been held this year.

Ms. Wilson noted that teachers are very frustrated and want their concerns addressed. She said the union has requested a meeting with the Ministry of Education.

“We have not had any in-depth discussions with the acting director other than her acknowledgment of receipt of the letter and petition and her commitment to looking into the matter,” Ms Wilson said late on Thursday.

“The Bahamas Union of Teachers and our members at the school are not prepared to wait a long time for the acting principal and the Ministry of Education to make a decision.”

“There must be meetings with the Bahamas Union of Teachers and our members, and matters must be resolved as quickly as possible.”

“It is important to address these issues because the students will suffer. This is the exam period and the teachers are needed. The teachers must be able to work in a quiet environment and in harmony with their director. If this is not possible, decisions must be made now.”

Ms Wilsons said parents are also concerned about the running of the school.

“Only six of the 77 students went to school on Thursday, May 2. The President of the Parent Teachers Association and the Director are at odds, and no PTA meetings have been held since October 2023,” she stated.

“There are even problems with the support staff, such as the concierges. “I am therefore sending an alert to the Ministry of Education to have this matter resolved quickly, and the Bahamas Union of Teachers awaits communication and consultation on this matter.”

Ms Wilson added: We are not prepared to wait long. Get it fixed now. Teachers are tired of the school’s leadership and mediocre management. It needs to be resolved now.”