TTUTA wants more interest from teachers

Teach­ers need to par­tic­i­pate more in the busi­ness of the union that rep­re­sents them and their in­ter­ests.

This ac­cord­ing to the new­ly-elect­ed Trinidad and To­ba­go Uni­fied Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (TTUTA) An­to­nia De Fre­itas who was speak­ing af­ter she and five oth­ers were sworn in­to the ex­ec­u­tive at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s head of­fice in Curepe yes­ter­day.


De Fre­itas is the first woman to lead the as­so­ci­a­tion since its in­cep­tion in 1979.

Kady Beck­les was sworn in as gen­er­al sec­re­tary, while Mar­lon Seales, Kyr­la Robert­son-Thomas, Dar­ren Lee Him were sworn-in as first, sec­ond and third vice pres­i­dents, re­spec­tive­ly.

Cuth­bert Joseph was sworn-in as trea­sur­er.

“Apart from mak­ing his­to­ry, we al­so have to re­mem­ber that TTUTA is at a point where the or­gan­i­sa­tion needs to grow, where the or­gan­i­sa­tion needs to move from mass mem­ber­ship to mass par­tic­i­pa­tion,” De Fre­itas said.


She said it is the mis­sion of the new­ly-elect­ed ex­ec­u­tive to en­sure they con­nect with mem­bers to prop­er­ly up­hold the pil­lars of TTUTA: Pro­fes­sion­al de­vel­op­ment, in­dus­tri­al re­la­tions and mem­ber ben­e­fits and wel­fare.

This ex­ec­u­tive will serve for the next three years when elec­tions will be held again.

Out-go­ing pres­i­dent, Lynse­ly Doo­d­hai urged the as­so­ci­a­tion’s new­ly elect­ed ex­ec­u­tive to take care of them­selves while in of­fice as they pre­pare for a dif­fi­cult road ahead.

Doo­d­hai, who was statute-barred from con­test­ing this elec­tion as he served for two terms on the as­so­ci­a­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive, said he was grate­ful for the op­por­tu­ni­ty to serve as he felt he grew with­in his time in of­fice.

But he urged the in­com­ing ex­ec­u­tive to pri­ori­tise their well-be­ing while bal­anc­ing their new du­ties.

“Your task is go­ing to be a very, very dif­fi­cult one, the job of a na­tion­al of­fi­cer is a very stress­ful one. Very of­ten you see of­fi­cers come in­to the of­fice and they would suf­fer some sort of ill­ness or med­ical ail­ment so I want to re­mind the in­com­ing of­fi­cers, try how­ev­er hard it may be to look af­ter your health, look af­ter your ex­er­cise time,” Doo­d­hai said.

He said while it may seem dif­fi­cult to make time for a healthy lifestyle, the of­fi­cers can­not serve the teach­ers if they are not well.

Reporter: Sharlene Rampersad

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