The Ministry of Education is investigating the qualifications of a secondary school teacher whose credentials are being questioned.
Documents allegedly relating to the case have gone viral on social media.
A ministry of education official without going into details told Starcom Network News that all they can say is that the issue is being probed as they are – quote – trying to get to the bottom of the matter – unquote.
A group of parents of children attending the school in question has reportedly hired an attorney who is alleged to have written the school’s Principal stating their concerns about the teacher’s qualifications.
The letter warns that the matter has implications for the academic integrity of the school and could also undermine the trust and confidence parents and students have in the education system overall.
The letter from the attorney also requests that the teacher be required to provide evidence of his qualifications and proof of their authenticity.
When contacted by Starcom Network News, sources close to the school would only say the matter is being investigated.
They pointed out that the matter falls within the purview of the Ministry of Education as teachers are not employed by individual schools but by the Ministry.
Meantime, while the social media posts in circulation make reference to the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union, BSTU President Mary-Anne Redman, says the claims in relation to the union are untrue.
Starcom Network News understands while the alleged qualifications controversy arose recently, the individual resigned his post with the union about five years ago.
Starcom was also told that he has been a teacher for over ten years.