New CUT General Secretary appointed after controversy

New CUT General Secretary appointed after controversy

A new General Secretary of the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT), Don Howell, has been appointed following the resignation of Doctor Virginia Albert-Poyotte who previously held the post.

Albert-Poyotte, a veteran teacher and former President of the Saint Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU), quit amid a controversy over her tenure.

The  current President of  the SLTU, Julian Monrose, told a news conference this morning that when Albert Poyotte was elected in 2013, it did not go down well with about four of the CUT member unions, with the legitimacy of her position being questioned two years after at a conference in Dominica.

“Despite the noise made by some units the majority expressed confidence in Doctor Poyotte and reelected her General Secretary/ Treasurer,” Monrose said.

However he disclosed that that the minority units seemed not to have been happy and attempted to influence a boycott of a CUT meeting in Saint Kitts, which the vast majority attended.

“While at the meeting elements outside of Saint Lucia put  in the Saint Lucia media matters concerning Doctor Poyott’s appointment; in fact those persons who did so knew very well that the  executive meeting in Saint Kitts would deal with the issue, reopen it and discuss it,” Monrose recalled.

He asserted that the very persons who used the local media knew that those who were in a position to respond to their story were not here.

Monrose revealed that before a position could be reached at the Saint Kitts meeting, Albert-Poyotte chose the moral high ground and decided to resign, feeling that her presence as General Secretary was being used by a minority to create problems in the CUT.

He asserted that Doctor Adolph Cameron of Jamaica who held the position of General Secretary for 14 years had not taught for more than ten years in his entire life.

“He was not a teacher so the argument of the minority group that Doctor Poyotte is not a teacher does not hold,” Monrose declared.

Albert-Poyotte was not a teacher at the time of her appointment.

He also dismissed the argument that as a member of the Teaching Service Commission (TSC), Albert-Poyotte should not have held the office of CUT General Secretary.

“The fact is that being a member of the TSC is not a job; you don’t get a salary; it is a voluntary service so she is not appointed by TSC and it does not conflict with her role in CUT,” Monrose told the news conference.

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  1. Modeste Downes
    December 16, 2015 at 3:45 pm Reply

    A good article. In fact I must say thanks for clarifying an issue I wanted the details of—why Dr. Albert-Poyotte resigned—as I could not associate her with dishonesty, corruption, ineptitude, or any of the usual negatives. However it would have been helpful to tell which territory the new GS hails from, and his background/qualifications.

  2. Historic
    December 16, 2015 at 9:24 pm Reply


  3. Anonymous
    December 16, 2015 at 9:44 pm Reply

    OK so u guys especially Ethelbert so it’s uwp that complain. How quickly we forget. Why you’ll don’t stop talking crap on fbook

  4. Philozoff
    December 17, 2015 at 10:39 am Reply

    Some of the member territories of the CUT thought it is best for a practicing educator to head their regional body. While I believe that is fair it is also wise and prudent for the regional body to find a way to involve such persons who have given long, distinguished, and meritorious service to the profession whether it is in an advisory capacity or otherwise.

    I do not believe it was anything personal about the distinguished lady it was just opposition to her tenure as a matter of principle rightly or wrongly. I tip my hat off to her for recognizing that it would do her no good to fight for a position that many think she is no longer a candidate for based on their own constitution.

    So rather than being accused of a thirst for power/position and to bring unnecessary negative media attention to the regional body she did the right thing.

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