Dec 15, 2016 News
The Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) is not only prepared to react against what it perceives is a deliberate move to continue to stall senior teachers’ promotion, but it has shared its disappointment over reports that the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) has decided to proceed on a court-ordered review of teachers’ promotion lists on “humanitarian grounds.”
According to GTU President, Mark Lyte, “GTU rubbishes the ‘humanitarian grounds’ position taken by TSC as the reason for agreeing to review the applications for senior promotions of 2015.”
Chief Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, on November 10, last, ruled that the 2015/2016 senior promotions lists of the TSC and the Schools Board Secretariat (SBS) be reviewed.
But TSC Chairperson, Mrs. Leila Ramson, disclosed on Tuesday that the TSC, which is a Constitutional and Autonomous body, was strongly advised by three Senior Counsel to appeal the Court Order handed down by the Chief Justice.
She however noted that it was recognized that “since the pursuance of said appeal would result in a long and time-consuming process, TSC has decided not to do so, on humanitarian grounds. The TSC wishes to state that its decision not to appeal was primarily to avoid any further suffering of the affected teachers which would ultimately also affect the nation’s children.”
But Lyte is not at all convinced that the TSC is genuine in its approach to the review process. This he premised on the fact that a court had to rule that the review process was warranted.
The court proceeding, which was ruled upon last month, was initiated by an injunction filed by the GTU, which had reason to believe that the promotion processes of both the TSC and the SBS were flawed. The court matter had resulted in no senior teachers’ promotions for the past two years.
“We trusted the Guyana judicial system and we’re proven to be correct with the ruling of the Chief Justice. Is the TSC saying that the CJ’s ruling was inaccurate?”
An evidently irked Lyte added, “We believe that some members of TSC cannot have an appreciation for teachers and the sacrifice it takes on our part to become qualified. Some commissioners have never taught in a classroom, or attended a teacher’s college or university. There can be no empathy from some commissioners who never walked the walk.”
It is therefore the conviction of the GTU President that the decision to review the promotion lists can never be done on “humanitarian grounds” because “teachers earn their salt.”
“Most of our teachers have studied for at least seven years to qualify themselves specifically to become a teacher, while some commissioners only have school-leaving certificates. TSC is out of order to be making reckless statements like the one made yesterday (Tuesday),” insisted Lyte.
Moreover, he disclosed that the GTU is demanding that the TSC immediately withdraw its statement and urged that the body gives a definite start and end time for the process of review. Added to this, Lyte said that “we are not prepared to accept any other excuses from the TSC.”
Ramson related Tuesday that while the oral decision of the Chief Justice took approximately two years to be arrived at, a written decision has not yet been forthcoming.
“A modus operandi has to be worked out, but to date TSC has not received a written decision from the Chief Justice. Hopefully, we will receive the written decision from the Court by early January,” Ramson said.
According to Ramson, the decision to proceed with the review was made Tuesday during the TSC’s monthly statutory meeting. During the meeting, Commissioners agreed that the 2015/2016 Senior Promotion List for School Administrators be done during the course of the new school term.
According to Ramson, a Special Full Commission meeting will be held early January, 2017 to plan the review, even as it was underscored that “this exercise will definitely take a few months, since a thorough review of approximately 5,000 applications will be done.”
But the GTU is convinced that the process should be completed this year, thereby allowing teachers to commence the new school term in their promoted positions.
As such, Lyte said that “we also demand observer status during the process to ensure that fairness and transparency obtains. Let it be known that the GTU will not allow any ‘so-called’ review to take place,” the GTU President asserted.
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