One week after the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) issued a pre-action protocol letter to the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) and the Ministry of Education for allegedly making an “unlawful and unconstitutional change to the method of recruiting primary school teachers, the TSC is now inviting the heads of all denominational boards to a meeting on Thursday.
In a press release on Monday, the TSC said it seeks to “reaffirm its commitment” to filling vacant offices in TT’s schools.
And when it comes to denominational schools, it said, it set out an open and transparent process.
“This process allows all eligible and qualified persons of the various denominations and faiths to apply for offices as a consequence of an advertisement in the public domain.
“This process is consistent with legal and constitutional provisions and with the Concordat of 1960.”
It said the process respects the role of denominational boards in the selection of “suitably qualified and eligible people of their faith.
“The commission is pleased that through this process, opportunities are open to all persons of the various denominations and faiths who are interested in teaching in government-assisted schools.
“The commission reiterates its commitment to a recruitment process that resides within the law and is both transparent and equitable.”
It said it is aware of the need for schools to be “capably resourced” in the shortest possible time, “and will continue to act within its constitutional remit to achieve this goal, while observing all legal, administrative and financial constraints.”
The meeting is set to begin at 3 pm at the TSC’s Service Commissions Department’s conference room.