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Gopeesingh: Disciplinary action coming
Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh said yesterday that teachers who are staying away from classes at the Longdenville Presbyterian School may soon be facing disciplinary action as the matter has been reported to the Teaching Service Commission. The school has been closed for several weeks and teachers have not been reporting for classes. Goopeesingh said he was advised that the matter had been referred to the Teaching Service Commission by the ministry’s permanent secretary and chief education officer.
The minister accused the teachers of flouting the regulation governing their employment. He claimed the issue which was causing the school to remain closed was not an infrastructural problem but the unwillingness of the teachers to work. Gopeesingh spoke to reporters during a health and wellness fair organised by his Caroni Central constituency and the Helping Hands Foundation at the Madras Government Primary School.
President of the parent/teacher association Candice Marshall said the group had staged three demonstrations demanding that the ministry build a new school for the students. At present school is housed at two venues, with some students attending classes at the Longdenville Presbyterian Church while others are being accommodated at the Longdenville Government School. Marshall said this has been so for more than a decade. “The situations is unsuitable,” she said.
“There is no room to do the new programmes instituted by the Ministry of Education...the classrooms are too small and unsafe.” Gopeesingh said he was looking forward to working with new TTUTA president Devanand Sinanan to raise the level of the Teaching Service. “We have worked together in the past when he was secretary of TTUTA and we had cordial and progressive discussions in relation to career development and benefits for teachers and students as a whole,” he said.
“I look forward to a collaborative and progressive working relationship for the development of the education system.”
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