President of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) Mark Lyte has promised to take sterner action in the new school year to ensure that issues related to the nation’s teachers are addressed.
In a video statement on the reopening of schools for full time face to face classes today, the GTU President said for too long, the welfare of teachers has been overlooked.
He said there are decades old problems which are still to be addressed and there appears to be no solution in sight.
“This academic year will not go down that way, as your leader, with the support branch representatives and with your support, enough is enough,” Lyte declared.
The GTU President said teachers are being treated as third-class citizens in Guyana and it is time that school administrators and teachers take a stand and send a clear message. He opined that there is a class case of discrimination against teachers here.
“Everybody getting a package $250,000, $150,000, $30,000 what was given to teachers? More work and nothing else,” Lyte noted.
And as the new school year commences, Mr. Lyte said teachers should not work in an environment that is unprepared.
He said in a number of schools across the country, there are still ongoing infrastructural work and in some instances, some schools remain in a state of unpreparedness.
“And if the condition of the school environment is not conducive, infrastructural work is still ongoing, the school is dirty because of the last-minute construction, I advised our educators to ensure that you sign in the time book and return home,” Lyte urged
Lyte said the GTU is opposed to the manner in which things are being done in the Education sector.
He took issue to the fact that the Ministry of Education has promised to provide clothing allowances to teachers in their September salary after school reopens.