Wednesday 14 November, 2018

TTUTA tells School Admins: Be fair to teachers affected by flooding

Archive footage of flooding in Chaguanas.

Archive footage of flooding in Chaguanas.

The Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) is encouraging its members to contact them if any unfair treatment is meted out to them, following two days of heavy rainfall across T&T.

According to a statement, TTUTA General Secretary Fitzroy Daniel says the union continues to receive calls from its members who have been affected by severe flooding that has inundated various parts of the country.

The Union said some of its members affected by flood waters have had unreasonable demands from their various school administrations.

TTUTA recalled that Education Minister Anthony Garcia held a recent radio broadcast in which he reminded Principals that they “have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of students and if any situation arises where the health or the safety of the student is compromised, the Prinicipal in this case will dismiss school”.

According to the TTUTA rep, there is also the leave provision that exists “Grant of Time Off in Extradoray Circumstances” with effect from October 1, 1997.

“ ...where Teachers are unable to report for duty or report on time by reason of a natural disaster (e.g storm, severe flooding etc.), this absence is to be treated as approved time off with pay by the Permanent Secretary.”

TTUTA, therefore, sought to remind school administrators of the rule and advised them to be mindful of how they respond to persons who seek to legitimately make use of these provisions.


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