Interim BEC Committee Holds Meeting

September 16, 2012

The Interim Committee for the Bermuda Educators Council [BEC] held a meeting on September 12, 2012 at Ruth Seaton James Auditorium; to resurrect the BEC in an effort to encourage registered license holders to run for positions in the Council.

Approximately 70 educators from both the private and public schools were in attendance. At that time, eight persons submitted self-nomination forms.

A statement from the Interim BEC committee said they were formed in June, with its major focus to ensure teachers were licensed to work in September.

“Since the BEC is the licensing body for educators, it was imperative that something temporary be put in place until the Council was up and runningm,” the statement said.

“While many still queried the block departure of the last committee, it was decided, without negating the past, the need move forward, without judgment.

“In light of the Minister of Education, Dame Jennifer Smith, urging that if the BEC is not organized she will enact legislation, the meeting was called. This was a concerted effort to ensure that the council returns to fulfill its obligations to improve the standards of teachers and instruction.

“Given the demand by the Minister to have something in place by the end of the September, it is the intention of the Interim committee for BEC to organize and have an election by the end of September. However, given the logistics of such a mammoth task of holding an election, the Interim Committee for the BEC are working to select an appropriate that will allow for the professional organization for the election process.”

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  1. Unbelievable & Sick N Tired!!!! says:

    WOW!!!!!!!! Only seventy educators public and private turned out? What does this say about the profession and those in it, both public and private? And we wonder why the Minister thinks she has the right to dictate what the council and its members do. There is not one other council that I see on the island who has a minister running this much interference and dictating in this manner. Teachers clearly its time for you to rise up and put a stop to this madness!!!!!