DAT to actively seek appointment of teachers

DAT president, Mervin Alexander

President of the Dominica Association of Teachers (DAT), Mervin Alexander, has announced that the organization is set to actively campaign for the appointment of teachers.

The lack of appointment has been a long-standing concern among teachers.

In an interview with DBS Radio, on Wednesday, Alexander stated that DAT hopes to address the matter “this year.”

“One of the things we are looking at is the whole question of appointment of teachers in positions, because we have many, many teachers who have been working for years and are not appointed. Some of them are trained teachers, and they are not appointed in their positions— they are in vacant positions…” he explained. “That is very unfair to the teachers.”

Alexander went on to say, “What we’re doing now is trying to get a sort of database as to how many teachers we have like that, and from the results that are coming in, we are seeing that many, many teachers—trained teachers, teachers with degrees, for that matter— are not appointed.”

In September 2018, in its message to teachers at the beginning of the new school year, DAT stated that it would “continue to pursue” the matter of acting appointment of teachers and Senior Education Officials.

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  1. Anonymous
    January 2, 2019

    Finally, after I’m long gone someone has a wake up call. Nice

  2. Ibo France
    January 2, 2019

    This situation with the non-appointments of teachers is ridiculous. You get the best from civil servants and your employees when they are comfortable and satisfied with their terms and conditions of work. How does one expect the best from any worker when he/she is disgruntled over salary, appointment or the general unsatisfactory terms of employment? The nurses, the port workers, the teachers , the lawyers, the post workers, the majority of public servants, the advocates of electoral reforms, the local contractors, the labor unions, the pensioners, the motorists, the pedestrians, the overseas travelers, all have serious concerns and problems with the atrocious performance of the Skerrit-led DLP concoction. The teachers, public servants and all citizens deserve much better working and living conditions. It’s full time for the citizens and residents to stand in unity and demand corrective changes. The Ship of State is badly off course.

  3. Mother
    January 2, 2019

    Melvin, this is a very good initiative but please, don’t say you are trying to get some sort of a data base. Just do it! That can not be too difficult in our little country and will stand you in good stead in your talks with the government if you are at least as well informed about your members, if not better, than they are.

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