Thursday 20 September, 2018

TTUTA outraged: Teachers under attack by parents and students

Teachers are under attack by parents and students.

So says the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA).

In a press release on Friday, TTUTA said it is outraged over recent attacks perpetrated against teachers in the nation’s schools by irate parents and even students.

It said it is concerned that these attacks are becoming increasingly violent.

TTUTA claimed many of these attacks are not highlighted.

However, the Association highlighted several attacks which it said gained the attention of the national community including an incident where a pregnant teacher at the Ste Madeleine Secondary School was threatened and subjected to obscene language by an irate parent.

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TTUTA added that in another incident the principal of the Signal Hill Secondary School was subjected to obscene language and was forced to seek refuge in her office after an irate parent jumped a counter and attempted to kick down her office door.

The Association also noted that a teacher was assaulted by Standard Five students at the Bon Accord Government Secondary School and also by a parent.

TTUTA is therefore advising parents that if they feel aggrieved about any aspect of their child’s education, there are established procedures to effectively deal with their concerns.

“Violence is totally acceptable. Parents set an extremely poor example to their children when they are aggressive or violent towards school officials. Parents should be reminded that they are their children’s first teachers and therefore are expected to model behaviour. Being violent, rude or aggressive towards school officials sends the wrong message not only to their own child but to the entire school community,” TTUTA advised.

The Association is also advising school officials to report all criminal acts committed by parents and students against teachers to the relevant authorities.

TTUTA further advises school officials to ensure that proper security measures are in place to ensure that irate parents to not have inhibited access unto the school’s compound.

In too many of our schools, security protocols are too lax and leaves much to be desired.”

It added that any act of violence against any teacher must be met with strong condemnation by fellow teachers, the Ministry of Education, the Division of Education in Tobago and the wider society. 

 

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