TTUTA on a Tuesday
FROM 2012 to 2015, the TT 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 of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA).
IN FEBRUARY 1995, Justice Gopeesingh and the Court of Appeal of TT handed down a landmark judgement in the matter of Sumayyah Mohammed (minor) versus Moraine et al, wherein a Muslim pupil challenged the refusal of the school, Holy Name Convent, to allow her to vary the school’s uniform code to include the wearing of a hijab.
IT IS noteworthy that following the recent Labour Day observances there have been calls, out of genuine concerns and not for the first time, for union leaders to undertake a serious review of the labour agenda and the role labour and by extension trade unions should be playing in a technology-driven knowledge economy where the nature of work has undergone significant evolution, especially in the past decade.
It is heartening to know that no less a 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.
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