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THE TIMELY payment of superannuation benefits to public officers when they retire, after rendering yeoman service to their country, maintains a top advocacy item on TTUTA’s agenda, like a recurring decimal.

This issue continues to remain a major deficiency of the public service, whereby their own employees are routinely subjected to the indignity of being forced to wait years for their retirement benefits, some even dying without receiving their property. Even worse is the absence of any remorse form anyone along the bureaucracy chain for the obscene delay.

THE AFTERMATH of SEA is a good introductory point to address the issue of constitutional reform as it pertains to the education system. Many education experts and commentators over the years have identified the SEA as an irrelevant and unnecessary high-stakes examination that only serves to perpetuate a two-tiered secondary school system that significantly assists in the continuance of a socio-economic class differential; a social order that benefits sectoral interests.

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AS PART of the admissions process for public secondary schools, the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) has been aptly described as being a “very high-stakes” exam.

 

ON FEBRUARY 27, the Court of Appeal gave a significant and instructive decision for all trade unions in the country. The judgement reinforces the position of the High Court that any official of a trade union, acting on behalf of its members, as directed by the union, is clothed in immunity from defamation and slander, under section 6 of the Trade Disputes and Protection of Property Act.

 

IT HAS BEEN years since members of the teaching service have been able to receive reimbursement of medical expenses in a timely manner from the UNIMED Plan. This is the medical plan set up by the employer for which the employer deducts the premium every month. The problem with this plan is acute and has led to high levels of frustration. What used to be a six-week turnaround is now a 12-month delay. Of course, the employer would still deduct the UNIMED premium.