Re­port on pro­posed wages for teach­ers handed over to Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter

Stabroek News Sunday - - NEWS -

The re­port of the task force es­tab­lished to ad­dress the salary pro­pos­als for teach­ers was handed over on Fri­day and Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Ni­co­lette Henry ex­pressed op­ti­mism that its rec­om­men­da­tions can be sat­is­fied and im­ple­mented.

The re­port was sub­mit­ted by Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion Vib­ert Welch in the pres­ence of mem­bers of the Guyana Teach­ers’ Union (GTU), in­clud­ing the Gen­er­alSec­re­tary Coretta McDon­ald, Fi­nance Sec­re­tary Hec­tor Butts, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ties, Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency and the Depart­ment of Public Ser­vice.

Ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Public In­for­ma­tion re­port, Welch noted that the task force, which was es­tab­lished in Novem­ber, de­lib­er­ated strongly for three months on salary and non-salary is­sues, such as al­lowances, de­bunch­ing and mat­ters high­lighted by the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry in to the Ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor. Sev­eral of these mat­ters orig­i­nated from the union’s mul­ti­year wages pro­posal. He was re­ported as say­ing that he along with other mem­bers of the task force are op­ti­mistic that Cabi­net would look favourably on the rec­om­men­da­tions put for­ward.

Henry ex­pressed the same hope, while not­ing that since a num­ber of gov­ern­ment agen­cies and the GTU were rep­re­sented on the task force, the rec­om­men­da­tions made should be achiev­able.

She said that she will present the doc­u­ment to Cabi­net, where it will be ex­am­ined in its en­tirety.

GTU President, Mark Lyte was re­ported as ex­press­ing sat­is­fac­tion with the pro­pos­als and rec­om­men­da­tions made.

He said that it is im­por­tant that the work of teach­ers in the class­room is recog­nised and stressed that the GTU looks for­ward to a favourable re­sponse from Cabi­net on the is­sues to be ad­dressed.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Nicolette Henry re­ceives the task force’s re­port from Per­ma­nent Secretary of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion Vib­ert Welch (Depart­ment of Public In­for­ma­tion Photo)

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