Va­lies: “Mi­nis­ter im­ple­ments Ram­bo­li­ke po­li­cy”

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

“The mi­nis­ter is im­ple­men­ting a Ram­bo-li­ke po­li­cy and the union must pro­test against this or el­se I am af­raid that we might as well clo­se up shop,” said Wil­go Va­lies, chair­man of the Te­a­chers’ As­so­ci­a­ti­on (BvL), said at an emer­g­en­cy mee­ting on Wed­nes­day. “We challenge the mi­nis­ter to ta­ke me­a­su­res against a sin­gle tea­cher,” said Va­lies who ad­ded that the mi­nis­ter is run­ning the mi­ni­stry in a dic­ta­to­ri­al man­ner and that his at­ti­tu­de could cau­se pro­blems at a ti­me when talks with the govern­ment are ta­king pla­ce. Va­lies poin­ted out that the govern­ment must call the mi­nis­ter to or­der. The press con­fe­ren­ce was held in res­pon­se to sta­te­ments ma­de by the mi­nis­ter of Edu­ca­ti­on, Scien­ce and Cul­tu­re, Ro­bert Pe­neux. The mi­nis­ter this week war­ned that me­a­su­res will be ta­ken against te­a­chers and stu­dents who do not re­port to their schools on Oc­to­ber 3, the first day of school. Mi­nis­ter Pe­neux told Ti­mes of Su­ri­na­me that he has do­ne his du­ty as Edu­ca­ti­on mi­nis­ter by an­noun­cing the new school year. “I do not un­der­stand why it was mis­in­ter­pre­ted. The im­por­tant thing is for me to sum­mon the te­a­chers,” said the mi­nis­ter. Va­lies poin­ted out that “the mi­nis­ter knows very well that what he is saying is non­sen­se.” “He is con­scious­ly in­ti­mi­da­ting te­a­chers to ma­ke them too sca­red to exer­ci­se their con­sti­tu­ti­o­nal right. Ac­cor­ding to the con­sti­tu­ti­on and the In­ter­na­ti­o­nal La­bor Or­ga­ni­za­ti­on (ILO), te­a­chers must not be hin­de­red when they are sum­mo­ned by their union. The mi­nis­ter is vi­o­la­ting the con­sti­tu­ti­o­nal rights of te­a­chers with his sta­te­ments. If the govern­ment does not cor­rect this, we will in­form the ILO. We will do eve­ry­thing we can to get a clear ans­wer from the govern­ment and that ans­wer will de­ter­mi­ne if we will fight in the pe­ri­od to co­me. It is the union’s opi­ni­on that stu­dents are en­tit­led to re­cei­ving edu­ca­ti­on but on the other hand te­a­chers ha­ve the right to exer­ci­se their con­sti­tu­ti­o­nal rights at any ti­me. The si­tu­a­ti­ons with which te­a­chers are being con­fron­ted are not ea­sy. The­re is so­me­thing very wrong at the mi­ni­stry. Te­a­chers are con­stant­ly being re­as­sig­ned and when they ex­plain why they can’t go to ano­ther school, they are ac­cu­sed of fai­lu­re to com­ply in­stead of being sup­por­ted. The­re are re­cor­dings of ans­wers that te­a­chers are gi­ven by cer­tain of­fi­ci­als at the mi­ni­stry. The use of the re­as­sign­ment me­a­su­re as a tool to in­ti­mi­da­te te­a­chers must end. Te­a­chers are seen as litt­le child­ren when they want to stand up for their rights. Te­a­chers work hard for the in­te­rests of edu­ca­ti­on and on the grounds of that they should be gi­ven res­pect. We do not want the mi­nis­ter to wa­ke up so­me­day and to start con­fron­ting te­a­chers with va­rious is­sues. We ha­ve ac­cep­ted this for far too long and will pre­sent the mi­nis­ter’s at­ti­tu­de as an is­sue to put an end to the ma­ni­pu­la­ti­on of te­a­chers for on­ce and for all. We ha­ve been at the sa­me le­vel for the past 5 ye­ars and we must sei­ze the op­por­tu­ni­ty to tell the govern­ment that en­ough is en­ough.”

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