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TEACHERS ARE NOT backing down in their fight to be paid separately for correcting School-Based Assessments (SBAs).

That was the emphatic word from Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) president Sean Spencer yesterday, as his group and the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) prepare to hold separate talks with their members tomorrow to thrash out a number of burning issues, including a teachers’ dress code.

It means that all public schools will be closing at noon tomorrow, just over a week into the new school term, and a day after four senior schools – Alexandra School, Frederick Smith Secondary School, Grantley Adams Memorial School and Princess Margaret Secondary School – would reopen for the first time.

The BUT meeting is set for 1 p.m. at Solidarity House, Harmony Hall, St Michael, while the BSTU’s is scheduled for the National Union of Public Workers’ headquarters, Dalkeith, St Michael, at 12:45 p.m.

On the SBAs, Spencer was reacting to a ruling from the Trinidad and Tobago High Court last Thursday, which threw out a motion by the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) which sought to prevent teachers from marking SBAs set by the Caribbean Examination Council.

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