Pastor and Teacher Norman Willacey dismissed by Baptist Management Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 September 2012 00:00

Norman WillacyThe Baptist association of Belize issued a press release on Monday, September 24th in which it announced that Norman Willacey, the Principal of the Belmopan Baptist High school, has been fired.

The release states that “after its investigation and deliberation, the Management found the allegations to be true and recommended Mr. Willacey’s immediate dismissal and revocation of license.” Speaking on the issue, Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber explained that the termination of Willacey was something he had been advocating for from the onset.

On Wednesday, August 22nd Willacey was placed on a 15-day suspension pending the outcome of the investigation by the Baptist management. With the decision to terminate, Minister Faber explained that it is now a case where the reason for his dismissal will be a part of Willacey’s record and any school wishing to hire him in the future will be well aware of his past actions.

In the past, he said there were instances where teachers were “sheltered by some of the managements and some of the churches. There were instances where teachers were dismissed and not terminated and were allowed to leave or resign and down the road they came back to teaching.” It is for this reason also that Hon. Faber was one of the greatest advocates for the Teaching Services Commission, which is a group of education stakeholders, who are tasked to oversee decisions made by managements. Ultimately, it is the Commission, who will revoke Willacey’s teaching license ,which is also what the Baptist Association release stated. It notes that, “the Teachers Service Commission has approved the recommendation of the Board in regards to the immediate dismissal of Mr. Willacey. A decision regarding the revocation of his teaching license will be conveyed at a later date by the Teaching Service Commission.”

In mid-August, the mother of a 16-year-old student of the Belmopan Baptist High School made public allegations accusing Normal Willacey of having a romantic relationship with the girl, which could be proven by messages exchanged between the two between March and July of this year.