Saint Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU) President, Julian Monrose has praised the work of teachers at the official launch of Teachers Week today.
Monrose asserted that teachers are doing a wonderful job under difficult circumstances, continuing to work hard while putting their own resources into educating children.
“If teachers had to withdraw their own resources – the monies they take from their pockets to help this education system then we would be in a lot of trouble,” he declared.
Monrose observed that teachers are helping the society.
He said there was need for the society to recognize that.
According to the SLTU President, education is what is needed to propel Saint Lucia forward.
He said if Saint Lucians are going to be competitive and succeed in a globalized environment, they must be properly educated.
Monrose asserted that in improving the status of teachers, education will also improve.
During Teachers Week, the SLTU will also be celebrating International Teachers Day on October 5.
The celebration is being held under the theme: Valuing Teachers, Improving Their Status.
Monrose said during the special week of activities the SLTU wil be encouraging teachers to value themselves and their profession.
He stated that employers and others are being encouraged to recognize that the work being done by teachers is in effect, national development.
“The students that we have in our classrooms will be the persons who must take this country forward in the near future,” Monrose noted.
As a result he said that the teaching profession must be given the status that it deserves.
The SLTU President explained that the international community is observing the 50th anniversary of the recommendations put in place by UNESCO and the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the status of the teacher.
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the recommendations put in place by the ILO for teachers in higher education, Monrose disclosed.
Monrose said Teachers Week provides an opportunity for reflection.
The SLTU President spoke following an ecumenical service held yesterday morning at the Gros Islet Secondary School to launch Teachers Week.