In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent disruption of classes the Grenada Union of Teachers is celebrating its 107th anniversary.
It is being celebrated virtually this year as the teachers also observe Teachers Month.
June 20th will mark the 107th anniversary of the Grenada Union of Teachers and on that day a live programme will be hosted featuring the presidents.
This will form part of a virtual series of activities to celebrate teachers’ month in June under the theme “Leading in Challenging Times”.
GUT President Marvin Andall noting the issues faced daily says he is confident that teachers will overcome this challenging period.
Andall says he offer sincerest adoration to teachers and administrators for so admirably leading in the online learning process. He said that they are aware that there are many challenges with the process and they continue to dialogue with the ministry of education to find solutions and easement to some of these.
Andall says it is note worthy, that while government is yet to resolve the long standing dispute with their union, members have been making great sacrifices and using personal resources in the interest of the nations children.
He gives credit to the founding members while highlighting that the fight for betterment continues.
He says even as they focus on being safe during this pandemic, they are still very mindful that they must ensure that the hundreds of teachers who have done much more than the required years of temporary service be granted their permanent appointment. Andall says they must remain steadfast in their struggle for a reasonable pension to be provided to the hundreds of teachers who have done the required years of service and are being denied pension by the state. We must continue to advocate for all teachers, he says.
The GUT President is urging members that as they return to school to be mindful of self care first in order to care for others.