He gave this confirmation today to media operatives during the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College Open Day and Career Fair.
Richards disclosed that the Ministry of Education met with members of the St. Kitts Teachers Union (SKTU) to discuss several matters of concern for the representative body for teachers on the island.
He said that the reinstatement of Johnson and the delivery of education were two of several matters discussed at the meeting.
“During the course of last week, the Ministry of Education met with officials from the St. Kitts Teachers Union. They raised a number of issues, issues with the union involving the delivery of education in St. Kitts and Nevis… One issue that they raised was that pertaining to the dismissal of Natalie Johnson,” Richards said.
Even before it was raised, Richards said the Ministry began looking into the matter. “We currently have her file in our possession, and we are working towards ensuring that Natalie is reinstated,” said the minister, who believes that Johnson was dismissed for baseless reasons.
“I am of the view that she was dismissed for the wrong reasons. This was a teacher who taught at the Basseterre High School. She got sick as a result of the conditions at that institution, and she was subsequently dismissed by the then government of St. Kitts and Nevis,” said the education minister.
Just recently, the president of the Teachers Union, Bishop Ron Collins, affirmed to MiyVue.com that the body was meeting with education officials to have Johnson reinstated at the Basseterre High School.
Johnson was one of several vocal teachers at the forefront of a rally against classes being held at the learning institution.