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.

Education Ministry appoints 180 teachers, 150 social workers for new term

The Ministry of Education says that during the July/August vacation period, it has been working strategically to prepare all schools to open its doors on Monday 3rd September 2018.

It says that as part of the preparation, it has issued contracts to over 70 Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) teachers, over 50 primary school teachers have been appointed, over 60 secondary school teachers have been sent to schools across the country and over 150 School Social Workers have been brought on to augment the employee complement of the Student Support Services Division (SSSD).

Penalties for school principals

Principals are responsible for the safety of students in schools and can be disciplined for breaches, Education Minister Anthony Garcia warned yesterday.

The minister, who admitted that he is concerned about gaps in systems to address bullying in schools, was commenting about a recent incident in which a Standard Three pupil of the Munroe Road Government Primary School was attacked by a group of older schoolmates. The ten-year-old victim was beaten and dragged and suffered injuries to his stomach, legs, arms, head and face.