TTUTA President: Do everything to keep schools safe

Executives from the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) are meeting today with teachers from the South East Port Of Spain Secondary School, who were traumatised by yesterday’s close call during a gang shoot-out.

Another protest over conditions at Edinburgh Government Primary

Parents and teachers of the Edinburgh Government Primary School are expected to stage a protest in-front of the school, today, with support from the Oilfields Workers Trade Union.

Guardian Media understands that since the school reopened in September, several students have fallen ill with rashes, respiratory problems, severe itching and asthma attacks.

And last Wednesday, a teacher was taken to the Chaguanas Health Facility after she collapsed at the school, moments after complaining about feeling nauseous and dizzy.

TTUTA president: Teachers to protest, but responsibly

Newly installed TTUTA president, Antonia De Freitas, says teachers will continue to make their displeasure known to the government, over their poor working conditions and the fact that their salary negotiations have stalled.

Roughly 2,500 teachers from across the country took to the streets of San Fernando, yesterday afternoon, to send a message to the Chief Personnel Officer that it was time to get back to the negotiating table.

Teachers protest in San Fernando today

Scores of teachers are promising to take to the streets of this afternoon in protest of salary negotiations, this time in San Fernando.

The teachers were expected to assemble at the Harris Promenade by noon.

In October, hundreds of teachers deserted classes to express their dissatisfaction over the Chief Personnel Officer's failure to begin salary negotiations for the period 2014 to 2017. That protest took place in Port of Spain.

More protest action from TTUTA coming

Ten days after they staged a peaceful protest in Port-of-Spain, the Trinidad And Tobago Unified Teachers Association is again calling on teachers to come out in their numbers on November 5th, to demonstrate in a similar manner in San Fernando.

The unanimous vote was taken during an emergency meeting of TTUTA’s General Council last evening.

The meeting was held eight days after hundreds of teachers heeded the call by TTUTA to march through the streets of the capital city, to protest stalled wage negotiations.

Teacher waiting nine years for outstanding gratuity

It has been ten years since In­drani Ma­haraj-Man­wah re­tired from the teach­ing ser­vice.

And it’s now nine years she has been wait­ing on the full sum of the gra­tu­ity promised to her.

On Sep­tem­ber 17, 2010, the for­mer Eng­lish/French teacher re­ceived a let­ter from the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry say­ing she has been ap­proved for a gra­tu­ity of $208,240.88.

To this date, Ma­haraj-Man­wah said she on­ly got around $80,000.

Judge: Pay teachers more …students need brightest minds teaching them

Call­ing for teach­ers to be giv­en the same salaries as doc­tors, lawyers and en­gi­neers, High Court Judge Frank Seep­er­sad says too of­ten teach­ers in T&T are treat­ed un­fair­ly and with­out re­spect.

Speak­ing at the Na­pari­ma Col­lege Founders Day at the school's au­di­to­ri­um on Wednes­day, Seep­er­sad said the role of teach­ers must nev­er be un­der­es­ti­mat­ed.

"Our teach­ers have been tak­en for grant­ed and their pro­fes­sion­al de­vel­op­ment has to be viewed as a mat­ter of na­tion­al im­por­tance," Seep­er­sad said.

Educator: Teachers must embrace ICT training

Teach­ers must em­brace In­for­ma­tion, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Tech­nol­o­gy (ICT) train­ing if they are to prop­er­ly mould pupils for the fu­ture.

So said act­ing Chief Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer John Roopchan as he ad­dressed teach­ers dur­ing an ICT Pro­fes­sion­al De­vel­op­ment pro­gramme held at Na­pari­ma Col­lege in San Fer­nan­do.