Sunday, April 14, 2024

Schools short of ‘basic supplies’

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SOME schools across the island are lacking in basic supplies.
From as early as the second day of planning when teachers were at work making preparations for students, the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) was receiving calls from members about the absence of things like ink, chemicals for labs, copy paper, paper towels in teacher bathrooms and other basic supplies.
President of the BSTU, Mary Redman, said yesterday that it had been brought to their attention that students at certain schools, which she did not identify, were being asked to make donations towards the purchase of supplies.
DAILY NATION investigations have also revealed that one of the newer secondary schools reached out to members of its old scholars association over the weekend, and asked for donations towards acquiring necessities to help the school function efficiently.
Teachers say they were told the shortage was the fault of Government’s computerized accounting system Smartstream, which is responsible for the allocation of funds across the public system.
 

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