Teachers still waiting for official decrees

POSTED: 09/21/12 1:17 PM

GREAT BAY- The Windward Islands Teachers Union is mulling over its options in forcing the education ministry’s hand to serve public education workers with official decrees that they are working for the government of St.Maarten.

Union leader Claire Elshot said yesterday that the union is running out of patience especially since it has observed other ministries making progress in swearing in its staff and providing official resolutions.

“I think we are now going to step up to the plate and demand and give a deadline as to when this should happen because within the next three weeks we are going to be 2 years in our new country status and to me this is way beyond the time to have yourself without an official resolution from Country Sint Maarten that they are your employers.”

Elshot said the Department of Personnel Affairs under the Ministry of Education may be directly responsible for the lapse, adding that if they worked efficiently, then the resolutions would have already been sent to governor’s office for official signature.

“As of today, although I have complained several times, the workers in public education have not received theirs. They have not gone to a swearing in ceremony but I don’t really believe that it is important for us. What I do believe is important for the workers are their resolutions as teachers that they are working for Country Sint Maarten.”

Over the last month several other groups of civil servants complained about working in positions that offered no security since they were without official personnel documents to this effect. Police officers also decried the fact that they could not appeal their job functions properly since they were still without official resolutions confirming their status under this new nation.


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