Political analyst Prof John La Guerre has viewed the T&T Unified Teachers’ Association’s (TTUTA) call for teachers to stay away from classes on September 7 as holding the nation’s children to ransom.
La Guerre weighed in on the issue a day after TTUTA president Lynsley Doodhai called on teachers to boycott classes as a show of solidarity for the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU), which was dealt a hard blow with the shutdown of the Petrotrin refinery.
The Ministry of Education says it is not averse to the work of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA).
Instead, the ministry says it regards the body as a major stakeholder and will do everything possible to hold hands and work together.
This assurance from Minister of Education Anthony Garcia, as he addressed those present at TTUTA’s sod turning ceremony for the construction of its Teachers Training Centre at Carlsen Field, Chaguanas on Wednesday.
The Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) president Lynsley Doodhai said there will be serious consequences for those who continue to ignore school policies on bullying.
“Of course, we frown on any incident of bullying that takes place in the nation’s schools,” he said
Doodhai said the Ministry of Education had very clear protocols for the safety and security of students and anti-bullying initiatives have been introduced.