D. Gisele Isaac, chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP), has condemned threats made by Antigua Labour Party operatives – including a senator – against government-school teachers during their one-week protest action, which ended on Wednesday, April 19.
The teachers’ action was being discussed on a local radio station when the unfortunate comments were made, with threats to investigate and deal with the educators.
General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers (A&BUT) Sharon Kelsick quickly responded and condemned these comments.
Agreeing with Kelsick, Isaac says this type of behaviour and thinking needs to be condemned, since persons have a right to stand up against what they deem to be an injustice.
According to Isaac, there are certain professions that persons should not attack – including those that care for the vulnerable – and teachers fall into this category. In this regard, she says that teachers play a vital role in the development and guidance of the nation’s youth and deserve respect and support.