The Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) held its Executive meeting in the Territory this week and among the issues discussed was the matter of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) School Based Assessment (SBA) compensation for Union members.
The CXC compensation issue has to do with the Caribbean Union of Teachers’ lobbying of the Caribbean Examination Council to actually pay teachers who work with students doing SBAs at the senior level of secondary institutions. In the past CXC and the Caribbean Union of Teachers have met and discussed this vexing issue but to no resolution.
During the opening ceremony for the two-day meeting on 12 July, President of the BVI Teachers Union, Mr. Cecil Hodge announced that the local Union supports the view that teachers should be compensate for SBA work.
“The BVITU supports the Caribbean Union of Teachers’ premise that teachers who teach SBAs should be paid for the amount of time they spend working with students and marking often lengthy scripts. It is our view that teaching SBAs should be a separate issue apart from the teaching of the regular syllabus in the various schools,” Mr. Hodge announced.
The President of the BVI Union explained that the organization is concerned because in some instances one teacher is made to deal with sometimes 200 SBAs as well as their regular daily duties: “Some teachers have up to 200 scripts to mark – imagine that, one teacher with over 200 scripts. So we are asking our CXC and our governments to understand this; it is our view that teaching SBA should be a separate issue apart from the teaching of our regular syllabuses in our various schools; this is extremely important.”
He also explained that “The BVI Teachers Union has also circulated surveys which our Caribbean Union of Teachers has produced. Our colleagues – many of them – did not return the survey for whatever reason. They may not have seen it as a vexing issue as our other colleagues [in other Caribbean countries],” he disclosed.