New school term Monday and TTUTA says many teachers still without devices

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New school term Monday and TTUTA says many teachers still without devices

The Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) has revealed that many teachers are still without devices and connectivity.

This news comes just as the new school term is set to re-open virtually on Monday 4th January.

Although corporate TT has supported the Ministry of Education’s adopt-a-school initiative and has donated thousands of devices, TTUTA President Antonia DeFreitas says some teachers will be resuming classes on their cellphones as they are yet to receive any devices from the ministry.

Speaking on TV6 last night, DeFreitas said “We have not heard any word from the Ministry of Education in terms of any kind of support for teachers who are still working from home, because they have to work from home, and therefore there is the connectivity issue and the use of employer delivered devices.”

She added that teachers work around the clock to prepare material for remote learning but are not being supported by parents.

“When teachers prepared packages for those students who did not have devices and could not connect, in many instances those packages were not attended to, the work was not completed by the student, notwithstanding the best efforts of the teachers and principals,” DeFreitas said.

The TTUTA head said the preparation for online learning is also very time consuming and is affecting teachers’ family time.

With that in mind, TTUTA is now proposing that teachers deliver the curriculum during the day and have non-contact hours to plan and prepare their online classwork.