Teachers attend CSME workshop
May 19, 2006
Teachers attend CSME workshop

Teachers were on Tuesday, May 16, informed of the many challenges and opportunities that may present themselves with the implementation of the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) at a workshop organised by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers Union (SVGTU).

Addressing the gathering, member of the SVGTU, Denniston Douglas, pointed out that concern may arise when employment positions for educators are no longer advertised in just one country, but in all the Caricom States.{{more}}

He noted that while this provided opportunities for all Caricom citizens, it could be disadvantageous to people living in that country.

He explained, “The most competent person will be appointed…If the appointment of a Vincentian principal or senior qualified teacher generates the level of debate it does and the amount of calls to the Union, then one can imagine what will happen if a few Guyanese or St. Lucians are appointed principals in our schools.”

Douglas commended the teachers for participating in the workshop and noted that the only way that the Union could assist them was if they worked together.

He pointed out that while many teachers receive benefits because of the hard work of the Union, only a few show their support by attending their activities.

“Sad to say as a Union our response is to slaughter the Joye Browne and the Joy Matthews and other stalwarts who have devoted their life to ensure that the SVGTU survived today.”

Douglas went on, “We need to redirect our anger at those teachers who are first in line to receive their duty allowances but are not prepared to contribute a dime to keep the Union’s door open.”

President of the Union Otto Sam, who also addressed the teachers, called on them not only to gain the knowledge, but also to use it with impact.

Besides the CSME, the teachers at the workshop were also educated on the Value Added Tax (VAT).