Teachers across the country will be left with no other choice but to resort to a massive nation-wide protest in an effort to reinforce their demands for better treatment and to have their concerns addressed with urgency, particularly those against the Teaching Services Commission (TSC).
They are also upset that the prisoners seem to be making headway in getting the Government to attend to their issues whereas those who dedicate their time towards moulding future generations are being sidelined.
The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) General Secretary Coretta McDonald, during another of the Union’s picketing exercises outside the TSC office on Brickdam, indicated that teachers would no longer be “putting up” with the continued injustices that have been meted out to them over the years.
“We are standing up for what we believe. We are saying that teachers should be treated as professionals. Over the years, we’ve had issues with the Teaching Services Commission and the manner in which they operate in appointing teachers, which is not in accordance with what is supposed to be happening. We’ve been given promises over and over that things are going to change; however, things have remained the same and it will not go on like this for another year,” she posited.
McDonald said a meeting was currently being arranged between the Union and the TSC; however, if the outcome was unfavourable, teachers would definitely take their actions up a notch.
The GTU has been staging small picketing exercises outside the TSC building for the past few months after it found the Commission guilty of breaching laws governing the promotion of teachers.
However, the quiet demonstrations have yielded little to no results, McDonald contended.
She explained that the Union was currently engaging President David Granger; Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine – all of whom were giving assurances in abundance.
According to the General Secretary, change is coming in little packages, but the main concern is not being addressed. “The huge change we want to see happening is the removal of the TSC, the members of the TSC and have a new Commission established,” she asserted.