The following statement was released by the Shadow Minister of  Education, Ben Smith…

Educators in the Bermuda Public School System deserve to have their voices heard.  It was disheartening to hear Bermuda Union of Teachers (BUT) President Nishanthi Bailey speak at the press conference. The last thing teachers need is to feel like they don’t matter.   

Along with having to navigate these unprecedented times, which have been stressful to say the least, why should teachers feel like they are being bullied into compliance by the Ministry of Education?   

It’s time for the Ministry to be willing to meet with the BUT in earnest and work collaboratively for the betterment of educators and students in the Bermuda Public School System. This is not the time for divisiveness.