Pe­neux: “Man­da­to­ry tea­chers’ pre­sen­ce at school on Oc­to­ber 3”

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

“It is man­da­to­ry for prin­ci­pals, tea­chers and stu­dents to show up at school on Oc­to­ber 3,” said the mi­nis­ter of Edu­ca­ti­on, Scien­ce and Cul­tu­re, Ro­bert Pe­neux. The mi­nis­ter ma­de it clear that the govern­ment de­ci­des when to open the schools and when the sum­mer va­ca­ti­on starts and ends. “All pre­pa­ra­ti­ons ha­ve been ma­de so that the school year 2016-2017 can ha­ve a smooth start.” Mi­nis­ter Pe­neux poin­ted out that ma­ny things must still be or­ga­ni­zed on the first day of school. Class for­ma­ti­ons must be ta­ken ca­re of so that it can be­co­me clear how ma­ny and which stu­dents sit in a class. The mi­ni­stry ex­pects eve­ry­bo­dy to re­port for du­ty so that the­re aren’t any de­lays in the sche­du­le due to ab­sen­ce. The mi­nis­ter al­so poin­ted out that the shor­ta­ge of edu­ca­ti­o­nal tools at the schools will be ad­dres­sed. The mi­ni­stry has al­rea­dy ar­ran­ged for all tea­chers to be trans­por­ted to their posts in the hin­ter­land. “So the­re is no rea­son to de­lay the start of the new school year.”

Wil­go Va­lies, chair­man of the Tea­chers’ As­so­ci­a­ti­on (BvL) and the Tea­chers’ Al­li­an­ce Su­ri­na­me (ALS), on the other hand is sum­mo­ning tea­chers to at­tend an eva­lu­a­ti­on mee­ting on Oc­to­ber 3. The tea­chers’ uni­ons ha­ve met with govern­ment of­fi­ci­als se­ve­r­al ti­mes this week to dis­cuss the exe­cu­ti­on of the agree­ment that was in­ked in April 2016. Va­lies has pre­vious­ly an­noun­ced that re­gard­less of the out­co­me of the talks, the eva­lu­a­ti­on mee­ting will ta­ke pla­ce on Oc­to­ber 3. Pe­neux ma­de it clear that it is man­da­to­ry for tea­chers to re­port for du­ty which means that me­a­su­res could be ta­ken against tho­se who fail to com­ply.

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