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.
Gunmen climbed onto rooftops of the Plannings at Upper and Lower Nelson Street and were firing off "warning/message" gunshots at each other on Wednesday morning, when five stray bullets ended up penetrating a classroom at the South East Port of Spain Secondary School.
One of the bullets ricocheted and grazed a female teacher on the hand, while another bullet went just over the head of a pupil while he was sitting his end of term examination. The bullet missed his head by mere centimetres.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) will be sworn in today.
Antonia De Freitas was elected as TTUTA's president on October 22nd.
This is the first time a woman has been elected to the lead the organization.
She won with 3,623 votes, which was 297 more than the other presidential candidate Nirmala Chinebas-Dindial.
De Freitas was officially installed and presented with her instrument of appointment this morning, at TTUTA's head office in Curepe.
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.