Teachers’ Union holds General Meeting
November 12, 2004
Teachers’ Union holds General Meeting

With the theme, “Reaffirming our Commitment and Dedication to Quality Education” in mind, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union (SVGTU) held their annual general meeting (AGM) at the Calliaqua Anglican School last Tuesday.

In a document prepared by Gen-eral Secretary Joy Matthews, teachers were urged to, “recommit amidst the many complex challenges that we are facing today.” {{more}}

Matthews noted that the revolution in education is a welcomed one, but with it comes an increased workload, low student morale, increased violence, ill-discipline and management issues among other things.

Teachers were also encouraged to band together as the national executive would be continuing their fight towards ensuring improved working conditions and quality education.

Commenting on the meeting, President of the SVGTU Otto Sam said he was satisfied with the turnout. He said that over the years it was hard to get teachers to attend the AGMs but things have been looking up. An estimated 130 persons attended yesterday’s gathering where among the issues discussed were vandalism in schools and Common Entrance.

The AGM formed part of a week of celebrations to mark Teachers’ Solidarity Week 2004, which runs from November 7 to 14.

Other activities included a church service, the C.W. Prescod Memorial Lecture by Dr. Julian Ferdinand and a march and rally and games evening at the Arnos Vale Sporting Complex, which took place yesterday.

The week of activities culminate on Sunday with a call-in programme on WE FM and a candle light vigil at SVGTU’s headquarters at 6 p.m.