Saint Lucia teachers Union (SLTU) President, Julian Monrose, has criticised the Ministry of Education, asserting that ministry officials disrespect teachers.
Monrose spoke at a ceremony Sunday in Soufriere that brought a close to Teachers’ Week activities.
He observed that at an event to honour 41 teachers for their outstanding contribution to the development of this country, no representative of the Ministry of Education was present.
Monrose told teachers that the 41 educators had contributed 1, 446 cumulative years to education in Saint Lucia.
“That is a tremendous contribution,” he declared.
The SLTU President said there was one embarrassing part to the honour ceremony.
“There was no ministry official, though they were invited,” Monrose noted
He said he felt bad, since he felt that the people who should have been honouring the teachers were their employers, the Ministry of Education.
“Everybody had an excuse – nobody could find somebody in the ministry. It could have been an Education Officer – they could have at least sent the messenger and we would say the ministry was represented,” Monrose told those in attendance.
“It is part of the disrespect that they have for teachers,” he declared.
“If it wasn’t for that, somebody in the ministry would have been present to say to these teachers ‘Thank you. Job well done’ and to wish them well,” the SLTU President observed to applause.
He disclosed that it was the second year running that the SLTU has had a dinner for retirees with a no show by representatives of the ministry.
“They lucky I am not the teachers’union because when I invite you once, you don’t come, twice you don’t come – then you’re crossed off the list,” Monrose stated.
However the SLTU President noted that teachers’ week began on a prayerful note with an ecumenical service and suggested that perhaps he needed to be more forgiving.