Low teacher, student attendance for school reopening


On Monday, teachers responded to the call of the Trinidad and Tobago United Teachers Association (TTUTA) not to attend school on the first day of the 2022-2023 school year.

TTUTA called for observance of a day of rest and reflection in light of an offer of a four per cent salary increase by the personnel manager.

The Ministry of Education noted that the teacher participation rate was 27% in primary schools and 31% in secondary schools.

Student participation was comparable in government and faith-based schools at the primary and secondary levels.

Overall, the student participation rate at the primary level was 17% compared to 39% among secondary level students.

In faith-based primary schools, teacher and student attendance was 28% and 20% respectively, while the corresponding attendance in public schools was 24% and 12% respectively.

In denominational secondary schools, attendance of teachers and students was 47% and 68% respectively, while the corresponding attendance in public schools was 25% and 26% respectively.

The ministry noted that the results of the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEE) in particular proved the importance of students returning to physical classes.

A statement read: “The results of our standardized terminal exams, SEA to a greater extent than CSEC and CAPE, show that there is a lot of work to be done at all levels during this academic year, which continues until to July 7, 2023, and a lot of ground to catch up. »

To this end, the ministry said that the collaboration and cooperation of parents, students, teachers and all stakeholders are key to recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education system.

“As our students continue their educational journey tomorrow, Tuesday, September 6, 2022, let us all work towards one goal: the development of citizens who will lead Trinidad and Tobago on a successful trajectory towards achieving Vision 2030,” said the Ministry. concluded.


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