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Prime Minister Bruce Golding has asked teachers not to let their current pay dispute with the Government “shroud or cloud” today’s celebration of Teachers’ Day.
“Let us herald and praise our teachers who, over the years, have provided sterling service to our children and contributed to the advancement of our education system,” Mr. Golding said.
He also urged continued dialogue between the parties “with the hope of reaching a mutually beneficial resolution – not confrontation.”
The full text of Mr. Golding’s statement issued Tuesday (May 4) read:
Teachers’ Day 2010 sees us confronted by considerable challenges and some instability in our education sector. I urge us, however, not to let the problems which prevail, shroud or cloud this very significant Day; but let us herald and praise our teachers, who over the years, have provided sterling service to our children and contributed to the advancement of our education system.
I acknowledge and understand the concerns expressed by our nation’s teachers and the personal financial constraints with which they wrestle. The Government faces a similar constraint – a constraint which has compelled us to undertake a public sector reform process, in a bid to achieve fiscal discipline and manage our ‘out-of-control’ debt, which will augur well for us and the future of our country.
While I cannot allay all the concerns or make promises of an immediate resolution, I ask that we engage in continued dialogue, with the hope of reaching a mutually beneficial resolution – not confrontation. Let us do it for our children! Education is that ‘ladder’ upon which our children will climb, to reach a life of success and prosperity.
As the son of teachers, I grew up seeing the unstinting dedication to the education of our youths, displayed by my parents; and the immense satisfaction they gleaned from the success of their students – past students who went on to make invaluable contribution to nation building. I appeal to all of us, to give this generation similar opportunities.
The theme for this year’s Child’s Month, implores us to give our children “a chance to grow up” – grow up to become educated, productive and well-adjusted adults. Let us all collectively give them that chance!
As we mark another Teachers’ Day, let us all recommit to the cause of education – Government, teachers, parents, private sector, churches and communities, let us co-operate and collaborate – not isolate, in this very worthwhile national effort.