ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAY 4TH OCTOBER, 2022 TO ALLOW FOR THE A&BUT TO MEET WITH ITS MEMBERSHIP FOLLOWING A MEETING TODAY
WITH THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION.
TEACHERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND SCHOOL AS NORMAL.
Education Minister Hon Daryll S. Matthew is hopeful a planned meeting with the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers this afternoon will bear fruit.
Minister Matthew says he has written to the President of the Union Casroy Charles Jr to request a 1PM meeting after teachers threatened industrial action.
The proposed action follows repeated vandalism of public schools across the country and what the Union has cited as a failure of the Education Ministry to provide adequate security.
The Union in a letter dated and sent last Friday indicated if 24-hour security were not provided for schools by today teachers would not report for work on Tuesday.
In an interview on ABS News this morning, the Minister said he expects cool heads to prevail and that the Union will come to the meeting seeking a mutually beneficial outcome to the issue.
He cites ongoing communication with the Union to include a recent invitation of the Union to Cabinet as his Ministry’s commitment to alleviate the concerns of the teaching fraternity. (STATE MEDIA)