Acting Education, Sports, Youth and Gender Affairs Minister Winston Williams said while he recognises the right of members of the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers (ABUT) to take industrial action in the face of late payment of salaries, he was nonetheless” reiterating my government’s commitment to make every effort to remit salaries as soon as possible and in the future as soon as they are due”.
Williams said he was urging the various stakeholders in education “to continue providing quality service to the public as the entire nation grapples with tough economic challenges.
“In particular, I am making a special call to our employees working in the school system to consider the fact that those we serve in this sector are mostly minors who are by nature the most needy of close supervision and attention. I call for us all to go above and beyond the call of duty. “
He urged parents and guardians to monitor their children “very closely and make adequate provisions for their safe accommodations after school as the need may arise.
“Parents, I encourage you to spend as much time as you can with your children, reviewing previous school work or reading ahead. Do not take your role lightly in educating your children,” he added.
Williams said that the action of teachers in withholding their services in a number of public schools has also had an impact on operations of the National School Meals Service.
Reprinted from Caribbean360