As the countdown begins to the reopening of schools across the country on Monday, the Ministry of Education is continuing its outreach across the country to meet with teachers and parents.
This morning, the Education Minister met with parents and teachers at the Hope School on the East Coast of Demerara and assured them that the Government intends to go all the way to resolve the salary dispute with the teachers.
Minister Nicolette Henry said “I want to put this issue to rest. We will go all the way to resolve it and we will resolve it amicably in the interest of the people of this country”.
Henry is set to attend tomorrow’s conciliation meeting with the union, which has been called by the Department of Labour.
She said the Government’s position is that it has to put the people first although it finds itself in a tough situation.
Minister Henry said although the union did not turn up to the two previously planned conciliation meetings, the Ministry of Education and the Government is still committed to meeting the union and working to ensure that the situation is resolved.
She said with the negotiations, there were eight matters that were presented to the Government and the Government has agreed to seven of the eight requests by the GTU. The outstanding one remains the salary and allowances issue.
“How can any rational human being say that represents disrespect or lack of care”, she questioned.