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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.