Hinds: TTUTA recent protest action disappointing

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Hinds: TTUTA recent protest action disappointing

Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds has taken TTUTA to task for recent protest action.

He condemned what he described as the recent “unconscionable” protests taken by TTUTA to stay away from schools in light of the negative impact COVID-19 had on students’ academic performances.

He made the comment at the opening ceremony of The ARROW (Aural, Read, Respond, Oral, Write) Foundation Literacy Day Extravaganza at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port-of-Spain yesterday.

Hinds said the pandemic had disrupted students’ lives and had “an adverse impact” on learning “not just in Trinidad but in the region and the world.”

He said considering the regressions in students’ education, he “could not help but observe and take disaffection with some of the teachers.”

Following Hinds’ statements, Minister of Education Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said the Government has recognised the need to devote resources to T&T’s children and ensure they recuperate from “being on the brink” due to the pandemic. She said that this year’s budgetary allotments will account for this shortfall.