by Shirley Bahadur (Trinidad Guardian) The Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) is set and ready to boycott school reopening today as it called on its members to use the day to rest and reflect.
There had been calls by several other stakeholders in the education sector for teachers to have a change of heart and not disappoint the children on the first day of school, but the TTUTA president Antonia Tekah-De Freitas said yesterday—on the eve of the new academic school year—her membership is enthusiastic to make its stand today.
“Enough is enough. They are all ready. They’ve been waiting for a long time and this will just be the first of many courses of action,” Tekah-De Freitas said.
But the TTUTA president said the day is meant for more than just teachers.
“It’s about reflecting on what we as a country see as the value of educators and the value of education to Trinidad and Tobago. Is education an investment in human capital? Or is it something merely to be funded to allow children to be in a space while the parents work?” she said.
“Too often, we are glorified babysitters because the parents have to do this and the parents have to do that.”