Seek court’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of ‘ap­point­ment’ ver­sus ‘nom­i­na­tion’

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL & WORLD NEWS -

Dear Ed­i­tor, I note the let­ter, cap­tioned ‘Ap­point­ment ver­sus nom­i­na­tion’ by E.B. John in the Satur­day, Septem­ber 29 edi­tion of Stabroek News, where he cas­ti­gates a Min­is­ter of the Gov­ern­ment for what he, E.B. John, con­sid­ers “the pal­pa­ble in­abil­ity to dis­tin­guish be­tween ‘ap­point­ment’ and ‘nom­i­na­tion’.”

Trade union­ist Lin­coln Lewis seems to hold a sim­i­lar/par­al­lel view in re­spect of the mat­ter.

Now, I have the high­est re­gard for the abil­i­ties of both th­ese gen­tle­men in their pro­fes­sional fields of en­deav­our, and I would not wish to break a lance with ei­ther of them pub­licly on this mat­ter.

How­ever, I have read and re-read (in some news­pa­per) a di­rect quote of the word­ing in the rel­e­vant part of the agree­ment be­tween the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Guyana Teach­ers’ Union, and I am not yet fully per­suaded - hav­ing re­gard to the to­tal con­text as I un­der­stand it - that the Min­is­ter is wrong.

Could I, with re­spect, sug­gest that some­one should ap­proach the Court to get a ju­di­cial in­ter­pre­ta­tion/rul­ing? That would help to save many of us and our rel­a­tives and friends and sib­lings at var­i­ous lev­els of the pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem - some relief, as the two sides move for­ward to the next stage, based on the pro­nounce­ment of the Court.

In the mean­time, I ab­so­lutely sup­port E.B. John’s sug­ges­tion that the gen­tle­man who has been “ap­pointed” should tell both sides: “Thanks, but No Thanks.”

The game just isn’t worth the can­dle.

Yours faith­fully, Ge­orge N. Cave

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