FORMER PRINCIPAL SAYS STUDENTS REAL VICTIMS OF SICKOUT BY TEACHERS

A former Principal is concerned about the impact of this week’s sickout by teachers on students- especially those preparing for exams.

The Department of Education suspended classes Monday to facilitate an emergency meeting by the St. Lucia Teachers Union to discuss salary negotiations.

Monday’s meeting ended with the SLTU giving the government Negotiating Team till Thursday this week to meet with them to discuss the way forward but on Tuesday, a number of teachers called in sick forcing the closure of several schools

Teachers stayed away from school on Tuesday, in apparent statement of their dissatisfaction with the pace of salary negotiations with the government.

Mr Rowan Seon former Principal of St. Mary’s College, says the action is designed to draw attention to unaddressed issues.

While he says it may be an effective means of getting the attention of the relevant authorities, the  real victims are the students.

According to the former educator, the teachers have proven their point by raising awareness of their plight.

Education officials were not available for comment on the matter and it was unclear how long the alleged sick out would last.

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