Despite the ominous weather threatening to spoil their protest, thousands of teachers were relentless in voicing their discontent over Government’s failure to amend their salaries since 2014.
As the red army proceeded through the streets of San Fernando yesterday, there was some traffic congestion and curiosity among shoppers, pedestrians and workers in their businesses.
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.
Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) have elected the union’s first female president.
Preliminary results show Antonia Tekah-De Freitas has replaced Lynsley Doodhai at the helm.
She emerged victorious with 3,623 votes.
Kady Beckles has been elected General Secretary.
In addition, Marlon Seales, Kyrla Robertson-Thomas and Darren Lee Him will now hold the posts of First, Second and Third Vice Presidents, respectively.
History will be created today when a woman is selected to lead the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) as the election of a new executive got underway this morning.
Vying for the post of President is Upper Carapichaima Presbyterian Primary School Principal Nirmala Chinebas-Dindial; Eastern Boys’ Government School Principal Jemima Riley; and senior teacher at Tunapuna Girls’ RC School Antonia De Freitas.
The Tranquillity Government Primary School teacher who was accused of verbally and physically abusing students of her standard five class has been ordered by the Teaching Service Commission to cease and desist from work with immediate effect.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia made the announcement at a press conference on Friday where he said the teacher would be barred from work until investigations are completed.
A teacher who is alleged to have used abusive language towards pupils of the Tranquillity Government Primary School has been told to stay away from the classrooms for the rest of the week and will be served with suspension papers by the end of the week.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia visited the school yesterday and said he was “very concerned and very disturbed” by the types of reports and complaints that have surfaced.
The Standard Five teacher accused of verbally degrading and abusing students of the Tranquillity Government Primary School has been removed from the classroom and will be presented with a cease to report for duty letter by the end of this week.
This was confirmed by Education Minister Anthony Garcia following a meeting at the school this morning.
Children in schools across T&T have been asked to donate non-perishable food items to assist persons from The Bahamas who have been displaced by Hurricane Dorian.
The relief effort which is being coordinated by the Ministry of Education will span a period of two weeks from September 16 to 27.