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Jamie Usher Is Terminated as B.H.S. Principal

Jamie Usher has been the principal of Belize High School since it was established over a decade ago.  But tonight, she is no longer head of the private secondary school here in Belize City.  In a message earlier this evening, Usher confirmed her departure from B.H.S. stating,  “I am humbled to have been able to […]

Senate Debates Change to Mandatory School Age

The Government of Belize is changing the mandatory school age from fourteen to sixteen-years old. An amendment to the Education Rules was passed in the House of Representatives and debated in the Senate this morning. The primary objective of the change is to decrease the nation’s school dropout rate and increase enrollment in primary and […]

Minister Fonseca Assures IT-VET Teachers of Timely Payments

Last week, instructors at the Belize City IT-VET called the media to say that their salaries were not being paid by the Ministry of Education since September. The instructors said that it was the institution itself that was meeting their salaries each month. Some of them had issues with that fact, as well as the […]

Minister Fonseca: No Student Should Be Sent Home for Not Paying School Fees

Another IT-VET issue that surfaced last week was that thirty students attending the Orange Walk ITVET were reportedly sent home for owing several months of school fees. But the Minister of Education has said that no student should be kept from the classroom because of outstanding fees. Today, he reiterated that position and said that a […]

Minister Fonseca: Curriculum Reform Designed to Ease Work

For over a year, the Ministry of Education has been discussing with educators the matter of curriculum reform. Some teachers have raised concerns of their own on the topic, such as the timeliness in delivery of the revised kits and how that could affect students. Today, Minister Fonseca said he hasn’t heard of those concerns […]

Salary Issues at ITVET Rectified, Says MoE Official

Today, a Facebook post informed that the ITVET compound on Freetown Road was closed because eleven instructors stayed away from classes after they had not collected their salaries at the end of January. But when we showed up at the institution, we found that while some of the instructors had indeed not shown up, some […]

30 Orange Walk ITVET Students Sent Home Over Unpaid School Fees

Roughly thirty students attending the Orange Walk ITVET have been sent home from school for failure to pay their school fees.  It is a decision that flies in the face of the Ministry of Education’s policy not to suspend students from classes over unpaid fees.  News Five understands that students with arrears exceeding three hundred […]

G.O.B. to Cover Full Salaries of Teachers at Grant-aided Schools

This morning in the House of Representatives, it was also announced that the Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Education, will be covering the full salaries of the faculties and staffs of all grant-aided secondary and tertiary institutions across the country.  The announcement which came as welcome news to the Grant-aided Management Authority of […]

How will Pension Plan Work for Teachers and GAMAS

But how will the pension plan work, considering that the existing configuration is a seventy-thirty split with grant-aided schools?  It’s a question that was posed by the former Minister of Education to his successor, who provided a financial breakdown in response.   Patrick Faber, Area Representative, Collet “I’m not clear, Madame Speaker, as to what […]

Ministry of Education Launches “More” Campaign

This morning at the Itz’at Steam Academy in Belize City, stakeholders in the education sector gathered for the rollout of a new campaign that has been put together by the Ministry of Education.  It’s called More and it encourages everyone in the classroom to do more.  It also urges principals and other heads of departments […]

62 New Students Enrolled at Itz’at STEAM Academy

The Itz’at STEAM Academy was scheduled to open its doors to secondary school students back in September.  While there was a delay in its opening, the science and technology institution is boasting an enrolment of sixty-two students in its first year.  When we caught up with the Minister of Education on the compound earlier today, […]

B.N.T.U. Invites Ministry of Education to Roundtable Discussion

The Belize National Teachers Union is once again in the news, following a terse statement released over the weekend regarding the now-rescinded increased telephone allowance for C.E.O.’s.  This time, however, the Council of Management for the B.N.T.U. has written to the Minister of Education and all school managements inviting them to a roundtable discussion on […]

St. Agnes Anglican School Presents Play for Judging

Saint Agnes Anglican School in La Democracia serves the Mahogany Heights and La Democracia communities and is one of six rural primary schools taking part in a storytelling competition organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The purpose of this event is to highlight negative practices that are detrimental to the environment and corrective measures that […]

Mengage: A Forum for Young Men to Discuss Youth Issues

This morning, another cohort of high school students, young men from across Belize City, met to discuss issues affecting at-risk youths.  Mengage, as the series of discussions are called, is a training session that teaches teenagers about the risks and consequences of their actions.  It also allows for a safe space to discuss issues affecting […]

Competency-Based Education Fully Implemented, STEAM Next

On Wednesday, News Five caught up with Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Doctor Louis Zabaneh as he joined Prime Minister John Briceño on a tour of his constituency, Dangriga. We were able to get an update on the new competency-based curriculum that has been fully implemented. Consultations were done over the past […]

Police Commissioner Presides over Regional Police Conference

As we reported in the last story, Commissioner Williams presided over a conference of the Regional Commission of Chiefs of Police and Police Directors of Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Colombia to which he was elected president several months ago. Today, Williams told the media where they identified their strengths and weaknesses.   Chester […]

$1.3 Million to be Invested in Stann Creek ITVET

As we reported earlier in the newscast, the prime minister is on a tour of southern Belize and among the many stops was a visit to the Stann Creek Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training located in Hope Creek Village. The school is located in a flood prone area and is affected even […]

Pallotti’s Visually Impaired Tech Wins Gold at Regional Competition

On Friday night, we were at the airport for the arrival of the STEM team from Pallotti High School that won gold at the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge in Panama. Today, the school held a motorcade for the team to celebrate the victory. We visited the high school to learn more about the all-girl […]

Excelsior High School Student Leadership Program

Today, fifty-three students at Excelsior High School in Belize City were recognised as leaders and inspiration to their peers. It is the institution’s student leadership program that seeks to motivate and inspire students to do better and excel as one of the best high schools on south side Belize City. A ceremony held this afternoon […]

102 Chromebooks for Wesley College in Belize City

Since last week, the Ministry of Education has been engaged in the distribution of electronic devices, five thousand Chromebooks to be exact, that were donated to Belize by the Republic of China (Taiwan).  Fifteen percent of students from schools most in need will be benefiting from the donation. The devices will be registered to them […]

High Court Dismisses Claim Against Gwen’s Kitchen

Earlier this week, the High Court handed down a decision in which it dismissed a claim brought against the proprietors of Gwen’s Kitchen here on Coney Drive.  As we’ve reported, several lawsuits were filed by Ethel Thompson, a resident and business owner, against Tiffany Cadle and three other food vendors who operate from stalls erected […]

Pallotti High School Wins Gold in Panama

A team of students from Pallotti High School returned home this evening from the 2023 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge in Panama with a gold medal. The team is comprised of Amber Wright, Alair Marin, Irian Jones and Osyani Magana. They won first place for their innovative creation called “Smartz”, a pair of glasses and […]

MOESCT Gives Pallotti Gold Medalists A Warm Welcome Home

We also heard from Namrita Balani, the Director of Science and Technology at the Ministry of Education, who was one of the main organizers behind the event for Belize. She told us about the process the high school went through to represent Belize in Panama. Here is what she had to say.   Namarita Balani, […]

New Traffic Regulations to Crack Down On Seatbelts and Use of Cell Phones

New traffic regulations are on the way to penalize motorists and passengers who are not wearing their seatbelts, as well as motorists using their cell phones while driving vehicles. On Tuesday, Adele Catzim-Sanchez, the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Transport, explained that the regulations will come by way of three statutory instruments. Also, […]

How Will a Traffic Officer Tell If Motorist Is Using Cell Phone While Driving?

C.E.O. Sanchez says the new road safety regulations are currently with the attorney general and should be enacted by the end of the year. She noted that the Ministry of Transport will launch an awareness campaign to inform motorists what is expected under the new laws.   Adele Catzim-Sanchez, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Transport […]