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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, May 7, 2013
KALIFA SARAH CLYNE
Port-of-Spain Mayor Louis
Lee Sing says he will complete
his term, but Opposition Leader
Keith Rowley and the People s
National Movement must find
someone of good reputation to
replace him when he demits
"There are a lot of people in
public office in this country that
are not good or honest."
He said his term is scheduled
to end as soon as Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar calls the
local government elections.
In a telephone interview yes-
terday, Lee Sing said he was
ready to leave the past 36 "frus-
trating" months behind him.
Lee Sing became Mayor in
"I don t know that the country
is ready for the change that it
needs. I don t know that people
have a desire for law and order
in this country," Lee Sing said.
He said the desire in T&T was
for people to get richer and such
people were prepared to get rich-
er at the expense of others.
While Lee Sing said he was
prepared to leave office when
his term ended, he added that
he would regret not seeing some
of his plans, such as the glass-
bottle ban for Carnival, come
He said he hoped whoever was
chosen to replace him would
build on the plans his council
"We have not made progress
with the street vending, but this
is because we don t have all the
"I would give myself a three
out of ten points.
"We could have easily fixed
the problem by enforcing the
no-vending laws but I would not
do that. I recognise that many
people who vend do so to look
after themselves and their fam-
He said he had been managing
the issue but the interference of
Local Government Minister
Suruj Rambachan and Food Pro-
duction Minister Devant Maharaj
had been deterrents.
Lee Sing was more positive
about his effect on street
dwellers, though, rating his
efforts at seven out of ten.
"While I have not been able
to take all of the people off the
street, the city got the Govern-
ment s attention and forced them
to take decisive action to address
the growing problem."
Lee Sing felt that he was not
a very well-liked mayor, recalling
the no-confidence motion
brought against him in early 2012
by Rowley and the PNM.
Lee Sing has also been at log-
gerheads with the corporation s
CEO Winnifred David over mor-
tar placed on the wall of the
Lapeyrouse Cemetery and Ram-
bachan over unreleased funds to
But despite the hurdles, he
said, he remains passionate
about the city, particularly east
"The Lee Sings all originated
on Picton Street. I am supposed
to do right by the people of east
Lee Sing ready to leave
Port of Spain Mayor Louis Lee Sing plays a game of table tennis in Desperlie Cresent, Laventill, during a visit to east Port of Spain last
Thursday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
The T&T Unified Teachers Association
(TTUTA) has condemned the non-payment
of salaries to the majority of Early Childhood
Care and Education (ECCE) teachers.
In a release yesterday, the association s
general secretary Peter Wilson said salaries
were paid to other teachers on April 29 but
most ECCE teachers, who are employed on
a non-contract basis, did not received any
payment to date.
"It is totally unacceptable that ECCE teach-
ers should be treated differently from other
teachers and not paid on time, after having
performed duties in educating the young chil-
dren of the country and doing their part
towards national development," Wilson said
in the statement.
He said some of the teachers had been
working for the past 20 years and were being
paid $2,600 a month even though they met
qualifications of employment which required
a degree in ECCE.
"The MoE (Ministry of Education) does
not seem to see the payment of proper salaries
or the prompt payment of salaries as a priority.
It is showing scant regard for the property
and economic survival of these teachers and
their families," he said.
Wilson said the majority of the ECCE
teachers were women and should be treated
equitably or justly.
He said the ministry had been bullying the
non-contract ECCE teachers into accepting
inferior terms of service with no tenure,
through the lure of an increased salary after
years of exploiting their labour with $2,600
"TTUTA demands that all outstanding
salaries to ECCE teachers be paid immediately.
Further, the MoE must put all the necessary
systems in place to ensure that this pattern
of late payment of salaries is reversed," the
When contacted, Education Minister Dr
Tim Gopeesingh said teachers would have
received their money by yesterday.
"The ministry said there has been a late
release. I was advised by director that the
money will be in accounts from today (yes-
terday) and this was according to a late vote
from Ministry of Finance. We have to see
about working on that," he said.
After 36 'frustrating' months as city mayor...
for ECCE teachers
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