Rasta school teachers to be paid by government

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Nyabinghi Theocracy School (social media photo).

The government has said that it will subsidise the cost associated with assigning new teachers to the Nyabinghi Theocracy School.

Government Chief of Staff, Lionel Max Hurst said teachers will be asked to extend their services to the Rastafarian community, where they will teach the public school curriculum.

“They need teachers who are qualified”, Hurst said, adding, that the government would determine how many teachers they would need, depending on the number of students who attend.

“We don’t want to leave anybody behind because we don’t want them to become second class citizens,” he stressed.

Hurst explained that “they are citizens of Antigua and Barbuda and we don’t want them to be disadvantaged.  They must not only be farmers and grow marijuana to make a living.  We want them to become medical doctors and engineers and architects and so on…have the same opportunities like everybody else.”

The teachers, Hurst said, are likely to start in January 2018, after the school break ends.

He is hoping that the government will find teachers who will volunteer to teach at the Nyabinghi Theocracy School.

The government has also agreed to provide additional Rastafarian communities with electricity, running water and Internet “in order to ensure that no permanent underclass is allowed to appear in Antigua.”

Hurst explained that some Rastafarian communities don’t have running water or electricity and that “they’re living in a primitive state in most instances.”

Therefore, he said, the government will provide these utilities at a “minimal cost”.

“We are talking about a figure that is essentially less that 0.01 percent. We’re looking at a small figure, maybe $3,500 a month, if that much for electricity, internet and water,” he said.

The government chief of staff said they have given themselves a timeline of 60 days, after which installation of services and teacher placement will begin.

According to Hurst, the government is liaising with a Rastafarian elder familiarly called “Father”.

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  1. Agree with the water and electricity one billion percent. I don’t agree with paying no teachers to go reach them. Nonsense big time. What happen to the government schools?
    So soon from now they gonna ask for their own nurses and doctors and police officers of rastafari beliefs?

    We make so much excuses and tolerate nonsense. Who will asses those teachers. Who will decide on what the ciriculum is? If you’re enjoying my dollars and other tax payers dollars there must be some form of accountability.

    Look at those children in the video. Most of them look untidy. Gosh man not because you’re a Rasta u need to be that dread. Who decide what the school attire will be. Will Clare Browne and MS Browne have a say in that. Listen me it’s time that we say hey look of u want to be a certain way we accept it. We will be providing u with the necessisities such as water and electricity anything outside of that u must follow the laws of the land.

    • Perhaps because they are not used to “outsiders” from the BABYLONIAN system being on their turf. They are the nation’s future!

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