Teachers’ union wants to resume monthly meetings

POSTED: 10/11/11 1:24 PM

St. Maarten – President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union Claire Elshot says she’s been waiting since before the summer vacation to pick up meetings with Minister of Education Dr. Rhoda Arrindell. The union and the minister typically meet once a month, but have not done so for some time.
One of the union’s priorities is Secondary Vocational Education (SBO), but Elshot says she is not aware of a legal framework for the system.
“If they do (have a system), we as unions need to see what the qualifications that are needed are and the salary scale of the teachers. As far as we are concerned the salary scale should go up to the VSBO level salary scale because we have members working in that field,” Elshot said.

The union leader also wants to discuss early childhood education. She’s particularly concerned with the lack of a legal framework, the fact that day care centers are charging parents monthly fees and there is no formal salary scale for the teachers. Elshot also believes that the courses in Early Childhood Education, such as those offered by Sifma, should be mandatory for the teachers at day care centers.
“Early childhood education must be properly funded and the qualification of the teachers must be properly legislated since the rights and privileges of the teachers must be regulated,” Elshot said.
The union will be contacting people who work in the day care centers soon, so that they can become formal members of the union.

Did you like this? Share it:
Teachers’ union wants to resume monthly meetings by

Comments are closed.