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.
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).
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.