Does the present administration not see what the striking teachers and the majority of Guyanese see? That the strike is about an apparent uncaring and disrespectful attitude by those in power toward those that are responsible for the moulding of the minds of our future. Are there no former teachers or educators within the Government hierarchy that can influence a positive attitude towards addressing the concerns of our teachers?
If the funds are not there for what is being asked, say with sincerity what can be afforded now and what can be possible in the near future. Being a teacher is not a 9 to 5 job. Being in charge of a class of developing minds on a typical school day is preceded by adequate preparation of lesson content, homework marking, and the ensuring of readiness of teaching aids, charts and other props etc.
To command respect in and out of the classroom, teachers must always appear to be neatly and professionally attired. They must always appear to be benefiting of adequate sustenance. There is no time in a teacher’s daily life for a side hustle to make ends meet. Teachers have families and expenses like everyone else. How are they expected to give their best, when apart from not being adequately compensated, they are also not being negotiated with, in good faith.
Editor, when I think about how all of the teachers of my generation could have gravitated to far more lucrative careers, such as law, medicine, engineering, foreign affairs, etc., but instead chose to be educators and disciplinarians, allowing us to choose more lucrative paths than theirs, I have no choice but to voice my utmost support for the teachers of today.
This government is forcing our teachers to fight for their dignity again, when they had already earned it by choosing the noble profession of teaching.
If any educated person believes that they can teach, and stay with it, I humbly suggest that they give it a try.
Nov 15, 2018On Sunday last, Head of the IKD 9th Dan Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-a-Tai, 8th Dan Shihan Maureen Woon-a-Tai (IKD Vice-Chief Instructor) and 8th Dan Shihan Bernice Hughes, assisted by Amir Khouri 7th...
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