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"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength of the nation." ---John. F. Kennedy
The Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers extends deepest condolences to the family of our beloved sister, Ms. Shane Harris who was taken away from us so suddenly. Ms. Harris, who had been teaching for ten years, was a devoted teacher and her parting has left a great void in many lives. Let us continue to keep her family, as well as her fellow staff members and students at the Antigua Grammar School in our prayers. R.I. P. sister.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 21:32
A stakeholders meeting has been planned to deal with the vexing issue of upgrades and promotion in the teaching service. This meeting comes out of the insistence by the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers that the process of upgrading teachers who have successfully completed their teacher education training has been poorly managed, leading to widespread frustration among the affected group. Some of the issues to be discussed includes:
1. The timely upgrade of successful candidates
2. Equal value attached to each successful candidate ( appointment should be simultaneous,otherwise, retroactive pay should cover the entire period of entitlement upon appointment)
3. MOE to ensure proper planning to ensure that budgetary allocation are made to cover graduates in budget year.
4. Officers who are asked to act as Principals and Deputy Principals are properly remunerated for their period of engagement
It is hoped that this meeting will assist in creating a more efficient machinery within the education sector.
In the meanwhile, members who are currently awaiting upgrade following their successful completion of teacher training or other academic qualifications, are asked to register their information with the Secretariat so that the proper follow-up can be done.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 21:22
The Department of Teacher Education has released a document detailing its re-sit procedure as well as courses that will be offered during the first semester (Sept ember 2013). Teachers who are desirous of resitting courses are kindly asked to pay special attention to information provided or contact the department for additional information. [CLICK TO VIEW PROCEDURE AND COURSE LIST]
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 14:52
Teachers attending yesterday's planned General Meeting left with a feeling of great disappointment with the announcement that anticipated changes in salaries would no longer take effect at the end of January due to the late submission of required information from the Ministry of Education to the Establishment. This news followed a high level meeting between the Ministry of Finance, Establishment Department, Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers. Of significant note was the absence of representatives from the Ministry of Education. While we will not speculate about the reasons for the MOE's absence, it spoke volumes about the importance they attach to this phase of the reclassification exercise.
Despite this disappointment, the Union takes comfort in the commitment by the Establishment Department, that its staff will be working overtime to ensure that the process of applying the required changes to the files of each officer is effected in time for the processing of the February salaries.
Delayed Salaries and Retroactivity
As a result of the delay in the introduction of new salaries by the January 31th deadline, members can expect the amounts owing to be paid retroactively at the time when all documents are processed. For example, if the new salary comes into effect in March 2014, members should expect the increased amount to be paid for January and February along with their March salary.
Retroactivity for the Period January - December 2013
In our meetings with the Ministry of Finance last year, It was agreed that all teachers would receive retroactively, 50% of the the increased amount in February 2014. However, with the delay in processing personal files, this payment will also be delayed.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 20:57
From the www.caribbeanteachers.com
The Caribbean Union of Teachers will stage its 36th Biennial Conference in the Picturesque Georgetown, Guyana under the auspices of the Guyana Teachers' Union at the Princess International Hotel, East Bank Demerara from August 4-10, 2013. Held held every two years, the Biennial Conference is the ultimate governing body of the Caribbean Union of Teachers.
The Conference will be observed under the theme "Improving the Professional Status of Teachers in the Caribbean, " and will provide an opportunity for representatives of all CUT member units to meet and strengthen the bonds of solidarity between teachers of the region. Delegates to the conference will consider major issues affecting education in the Caribbean, and will also have an opportunity to select an Executive to run the affairs of the CUT for the next biennium.
Members who are desirous of travelling as camp followers may contact the secretariat for further information.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 19:18
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Since 1994, Education International (EI) works in close cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the field of health education and more specifically on HIV/AIDS prevention. Recognizing the urgency for a broad, strong school health response to HIV/AIDS, EI and WHO joined by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) work hand in hand with EI affiliates to prevent the further spread of the disease. This partnership led to the launch in 2001 of the EI/WHO/EDC Teachers Training Programme on HIV/AIDS prevention in schools and later on, in 2006, of the EFAIDS Programme. The EFAIDS Programme ended in June 2011 but most of the EI affiliates who have been involved in the programme will continue organising themselves to fight against HIV and AIDS and related stigma and discrimination. To learn more about the EFAIDS Programme click here.