President still to engage teachers’ union to resolve impasse

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In light of the ongoing conflict between the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) and the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), the President is still to have discussions to ascertain the way forward in resolving the impasse.

This is according to the General Secretary of the Union, Coretta McDonald, who told a section of the media yesterday that the Union is still awaiting word from President David Granger on the way forward in relation to the numerous concerns which the body has raised.

teachersThe Union had reported that it had sent several letters to President Granger appealing for the Government’s urgent intervention in the matter. INews understands that the President had replied to the Union stating that in order for a solution to be formulated, there needs to be an assessment of the issue. He indicated that such an assessment would be done through discussions with the Education Ministry and himself.

According to the Union’s General Secretary, the President had indicated that the Union would be notified on the way forward. However, McDonald said the Union is yet to hear from the President as it has been some time now since he had given this undertaken.

Additionally, she said the Union is also uncertain about when there will be the determination of an effective solution, since a precise date was not indicated.

Meanwhile, the GTU in an attempt to voice its concerns and stimulate solutions at a faster pace, had been holding picketing exercises outside of the TSC building. The Union said it holds the wellbeing and state of its represented teachers at heart, and so it will ensure that they are adequately catered for and their rights are not violated.

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