The Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) is not on board with attempts to accommodate more students in the classroom, warning that COVID-19 is affecting an increasing number of the island’s educators.
In a written statement, BSTU President Mary Redman cautioned of growing levels of absenteeism among teachers, linked to the virus, as she urged authorities to revert to the hybrid arrangement that started in February.
Redman disclosed that principals had also been complaining about the impact of absenteeism on the supervision of students and the enforcement of protocols.
Barbados TODAY was informed that the Barbados Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools has also approached the Ministry of Education about the challenges.
The BSTU boss questioned why public health and education officials were seeking to revise the existing protocols, which have been credited with significantly minimizing COVID-19 spread in schools.