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New public school report cards delayed again

Diallo Rabain and Kalmar Richards give an update on report cards for public schools (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Progress reports for public primary and middle school pupils due to have been sent out today have been delayed another week.

Kalmar Richards, the Commissioner of Education, said in a letter sent to parents that reports could now be expected next Friday.

She added that the Department of Education was in talks with the Bermuda Union of Teachers about the reports and “related matters”.

Ms Richards said: “During those meetings, the BUT asked that the deadline to provide progress reports to parents be changed from March 8, 2019, to March 15, 2019.

“The Department of Education has agreed to honour this request.

“Principals are working with teachers to ensure that the much-awaited progress reports are provided to you by Friday, March 15, 2019.”

Ms Richards added: “On behalf of the Department of Education, I apologise for this delay and would like to thank you for your patience and understanding.”

The Department of Education and the BUT confirmed the delay in a joint statement and pledged to work together to meet the new deadline.

Diallo Rabain, the Minister of Education, last month called on the BUT “to place children first and to ensure parents receive progress reports in hand on March 8”.

Mr Rabain set the date in a press release on February 25.

The move came after the BUT passed a no-confidence vote in Ms Richards and Valerie Robinson-James, the Permanent Secretary of Education.

A press release from the BUT said that the vote came after the union’s Annual General Meeting “where members expressed dissatisfaction surrounding a series of decisions which impact the Bermuda public school system”.

Teachers have been locked in conflict with the Government over a series of problems, including standards-based grading.