Wednesday 24 April, 2019

Ministry, TTUTA discuss pension benefits for teachers

Funding for schools, housing for teachers and the processing of pension benefits were high on the agenda when senior executives of the Ministry of Education met with the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) for discussions on a number of issues.

The meeting took place on Friday.

Among the issues discussed were - funding for schools, housing for teachers, status of processing for Superannuation Benefits, Performance Management Appraisals, school transportation issues and arrangements for pursuing the Diploma in Education.

In a statement issued by the Education Ministry, Minister of Education Anthony Garcia said both sides are pleased with the existing relationship and pledged to continue to hold hands and work together for the improvement of the education sector.

Garcia highlighted two issues on the agenda where progress was made in the discussions.  

“First of all, the status of processing teachers’ pension benefits. When a teacher retires, the fact that, in many instances before, a teacher had to wait two, three and four years, the Union recognises that there has been tremendous progress where this is concerned and they congratulated the Ministry of Education for speeding up the process,” he said.

In the area of Performance Management and Appraisal Process, Minister Garcia said the TTUTA delegation expressed satisfaction with the progress of these talks between the Ministry of Education and the Union.

TTUTA President Lynsley Doodhai is reportedly in agreement with the view expressed by the Minister and is quoted to have said that the meeting was very constructive and productive and was conducted in a very amicable manner.

The Ministry said Doodhai also expressed similar sentiments that both sides have made progress on some of the issues discussed and this will have a positive impact on the education system.

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