TTUTA on a Tuesday
ON JANUARY 7, in an article entitled “Boys in crisis: It’s worse than expected,” Newsday columnist Debbie Jacob addressed an elephant in
the room of education, one that many social scientists and education theorists have seemingly been deliberately avoiding to publicly address.
SCHOOLS, and by extension communities and the wider society, continue to be plagued by the scourge of school violence. These incidents are being perpetrated by both male and female students and are becoming more and more belligerent.
It is heartening to know that no lesser person than the prime minister has finally and openly acknowledged the stark connection between our dysfunctional education system and the elevated level of crime and criminality plaguing the country. In admitting the significant deficiencies of the education system, the fundamental question ought to be, what is going to be done about it, given its detrimental impact on the overall economy and our quality of life.
From 2012 – 2015, the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) entered into a collaborative partnership with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) to provide a two-week in-service development training workshop for general education classroom teachers with an emphasis on children with special education needs in the mainstream classroom. Additional support for this initiative was provided by the Ministry of Education and the then Division of Education, Youth and Sports (DEYA) of the Tobago House of Assembly.
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