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The Teaching Service Commission wishes to advise all stakeholders that a report on regu-
larity and punctuality among Secondary School Teachers in the Teaching Service for the
year ending 2012 has been obtained from the Ministry of Education.
From the data presented, the Commission was able to discern the following:
1. A total of 1,099 secondary school teachers have exceeded 14 days sick leave
or 14 days occasional leave or have been late more than 1,000 minutes for
2012. This number represents 19% of the secondary school teacher population.
2. 755 or 14% secondary school teachers have exceeded their sick leave
entitlement of 14 days in 2012.
3. 472 or 9% secondary school teachers have been late in excess of 1,000
minutes in 2012.
4. 149 or 3% secondary school teachers have exceeded the eligibility of 14 days
casual days in 2012
The Commission has expressed its concern to the Ministry of Education that it is yet to
receive a report with respect to what action has been taken against those teachers with
excessive levels of absences and latecoming. The Commission has asked the Ministry to
kindly provide the results of any investigation undertaken in respect of teachers who have
excessive latecoming and who have exceeded the sick leave and casual leave eligibility of
14 days for 2012 as well as its recommendation as to whether any teacher should be
charged with misconduct.
A report was also obtained with respect to regularity and punctuality among Primary School
Teachers for 2012. Similarly, the Commission requested the Ministry to investigate those
teachers with excessive regularity and punctuality levels and make recommendations with
respect to whether charges of misconduct should be laid against those offending teachers.
The Commission has reminded the Ministry that this information remains outstanding.
The Commission continues to work with the Ministry of Education and all stakeholders to
ensure that sick leave is utilised for the purpose for which it was intended and that teaching
time in the classroom is maximised.
The Commission will continue to keep its stakeholders apprised of developments pertinent
to the fulfilment of its mandate.
While Charlie King Junction in Fyzabad South
Trinidad was reliving the labour struggles of the
early 20th century that preceded Independence,
ambassadors, diplomats, their spouses and other
enthusiasts enjoyed a stimulating CiTTyscape LiT-
Tour---Journey Through the Landscapes of Fiction
of Trinidad---Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad
and Tobago by Kris Rampersad.
The tour, which began at the Lady Young Road,
circumvented through Barataria, the Beetham, Port-
of-Spain and the Queen s Park Savannah to give a
rare glimpse of the island and its capital through the
eyes of fiction writers and fictional characters.
The group explored the city landscapes, mindscapes,
institutions, festivals, and the island s history, politics,
economy, culture and society from the perspectives
of a range of writers and thinkers from as early as
1595 to present day.
The tour covered a range of fictional vision and
works of writers as Samuel Selvon, Lawrence Scott,
CLR James, Alfred Mendes, Michael Anthony, James
Isaiah Boodhoo, Earl Lovelace, VS Naipaul, Derek
Walcott, Ismith Khan, Lakshmi Persaud-Seetaram
and many of the some 60 writers and more than
100 works represented in LiTTscapes.
Among those who participated were Excellencies,
Ambassador of Japan Yoshimasa Tezuka and Mrs
Tezuka; Ambassador of the Republic of Korea
Wonkun Hwang and Mrs Kumdan Hwang; Jan Karls-
son spouse of the ambassador of the Netherlands;
Anke Kessler, spouse of the ambassador of Chile;
members of Alliance Francais, musicians Katy Gain-
ham and Eleanor Ryan; Ben Gilbert, son of the security
adviser to the UN Department of Safety and Security
for this region; artist Wendy Nanan and Alliance
Francais Marie and Frank Abdullah.
The tour was facilitated by author and educator
in Caribbean literature, culture and heritage, Dr Kris
Rampersad in conjunction with the Public Transport
Service Corporation Know Your Country Tours.
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DR KRIS RAMPERSAD
Custom-made LiTTours by request on any
theme, subject, author or district through e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. For details, see www.kris-
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