Primary School Principals' Association: Unfair to supervise students outside school hours

Primary school principals are saying it's unfair to expect principals and teachers to supervise children outside of school hours and are therefore calling on the education ministry to pay school monitors for that purpose.

The National Primary School principals' association's call comes after an incident at the San Fernando Boys RC school where a student's skull was sliced by another student who was using a sharp object that came from a pencil sharpener.

The education minister said an investigation has been launched.

TTUTA takes protest to San Fernando

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.

TTUTA wants more interest from teachers

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.

New TTUTA executive elected

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.

TTUTA to get a female president

His­to­ry will be cre­at­ed to­day when a woman is se­lect­ed to lead the Trinidad and To­ba­go Uni­fied Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (TTUTA) as the elec­tion of a new ex­ec­u­tive got un­der­way this morn­ing.

Vy­ing for the post of Pres­i­dent is Up­per Cara­pichaima Pres­by­ter­ian Pri­ma­ry School Prin­ci­pal Nir­mala Chinebas-Din­di­al; East­ern Boys’ Gov­ern­ment School Prin­ci­pal Jemi­ma Ri­ley; and se­nior teacher at Tu­na­puna Girls’ RC School An­to­nia De Fre­itas.

'Abusive' Miss suspended until investigations completed

The Tran­quil­li­ty Gov­ern­ment Pri­ma­ry School teacher who was ac­cused of ver­bal­ly and phys­i­cal­ly abus­ing stu­dents of her stan­dard five class has been or­dered by the Teach­ing Ser­vice Com­mis­sion to cease and de­sist from work with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­tho­ny Gar­cia made the an­nounce­ment at a press con­fer­ence on Fri­day where he said the teacher would be barred from work un­til in­ves­ti­ga­tions are com­plet­ed.

More disorder uncovered at Tranquillity Government

A teacher who is al­leged to have used abu­sive lan­guage to­wards pupils of the Tran­quil­li­ty Gov­ern­ment Pri­ma­ry School has been told to stay away from the class­rooms for the rest of the week and will be served with sus­pen­sion pa­pers by the end of the week.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­tho­ny Gar­cia vis­it­ed the school yes­ter­day and said he was “very con­cerned and very dis­turbed” by the types of re­ports and com­plaints that have sur­faced.