Thursday, 14 March 2013 02:30
By caribarena news
Antigua St. John's - Acting Minister of Education, Sports, Youth and Gender Affairs Winston Williams has spoken out again on day five of industrial action by the members of the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers.
He appealed to all educators who have received their salaries to consider the educational well being and security of the young children in public primary and secondary schools and their right to access the educational services that the educators have been paid to provide.
According to Williams, the Treasury has remitted payments to more public sector employees including teachers. He is hopeful that those who are yet to be remunerated will be paid as soon as possible.
Facing the possibility of continued industrial action, the Senator has advised Acting Director of Sports Evans Jones to activate “PROTECT & SERVE”.
The plan is as follows:
Four (4) sports and recreational facilities will serve as host venues for “PROTECT & SERVE”. These are the Antigua Recreation Grounds, the Lower Ottos Basketball Complex, the Rising Suns Cricket Grounds and the YMCA Sports Park.
· Coaches and other sports administrators will provide training and/or supervision of public school children in the following sporting disciplines of football, basketball, cricket, netball and volleyball
· In addition to technical sports training, motivational and personal development speeches will be presented to the school children during the programme.
· The programme will be offered between the hours of 8:30 am – 1:30 pm to public school students attired in their regular or .E school uniforms.
· The Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board has confirmed that it will continue its regular school bus service and will also facilitate the transportation of students wishing to participate in “PROTECT & SERVE”.
All students using the service will be transported to the East Bus Station School Bus Terminal where registration will take place between the hours of 8:00 – 8:30 am.
Parents and Guardians are also free to take their students to the East Bus Station School Bus Terminal during this time. Students will take their regular routes to return home via the national school bus service using the East Bus Station School Bus Terminal as the boarding point.
· The National School Meals Service will provide complimentary meals to students who register on Thursday and on Friday if so required.
· The Emergency Medical Services and the Antigua and Barbuda Solid Waste Authority have signed on as partners to provide support services in this initiative. The Ministry’s Sports Medical Services Unit personnel will also be on duty at each venue.
· The Minister of National Security Dr Errol Cort, has pledged the support of the national security services for the initiative should the need arise.
Williams closed by inviting members of all national sports associations, parent/teachers associations, service clubs, and individuals wishing to serve as volunteers in “PROTECT & SERVE” to contact the Acting Director of Sports Evans Jones at 562 2499 or 764 3128.
Parents and guardians are asked to encourage their children to be on their best behaviour in an effort to facilitate the efficient operation of the programme to the benefit of all involved.