TTUTA's General Secretary, Kady Beckles.

The T&T Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) wants the Ministry of Education to consult with them before the Ministry embarks on any execution of a planned programme of online classes commencing in September.

Kady Beckles, TTUTA’s General Secretary, said it may not be possible for some teachers to conduct classes from home because of their living conditions, personal space, lack of devices and connectivity.

She said if teachers are to enter schools and conduct classes online the proper connectivity and equipment must be made available and all arrangements for sanitisation are in place and all safety protocols as outlined by the Ministry of Health, adhered to at all times.

Teachers operating from a secondary school in central Trinidad have indicated that a principal had already begun making demands without any official Circular Memorandum being issued by the Ministry of Education. The teacher said, “We are being directed by the Principal to teach from home starting September 1. Teachers are expected to:

(1) deliver the curriculum via Google Meet in a timetabled day of 50 minute blocks

(2) take roll

(3) sign for a government laptop to use at home

(4) come into the facilities to teach from classrooms

(5) teachers are to provide links to the school admin so their sessions can be monitored.

None of this has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Education yet teachers are being told by the Principal via their Head of Department that the new Minister is big on accountability and this time teachers have to prove they are teaching”.

Since March 13, teachers at the school have been told that they must send work to students because the school PTA would be upset if they did not as they work was to keep children occupied at home.