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Teachers lose lawsuit concerning school based assessments


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PORT OF SPAIN – A High Court judge has dismissed a motion by the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) that sought to prevent teachers from marking school-based assessments (SBA) as set by the Barbados-based Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).

Justice Vasheist Kokaram late Wednesday dismissed he motion in which TTUTA had been seeking to get the Ministry of Education here to pay teachers extra for the marking of SBA papers, a situation that has also been challenged by teachers in several other Caribbean countries.

Last Thursday, the association asked the court to determine if members should be compensated for their continued work on CXC’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) exams.

According to the filings, the association claimed that the issue has been in contention since it agreed job descriptions with the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO) and the Ministry of Education in 2000.

“TTUTA’s view was that CSEC SBAs form part of an examination created by CXC, not the employer; CXC pays teachers who mark the CSEC external examinations; the marking of SBAs was not part of the duties of teachers and if teachers were required to do same they should be remunerated,” the fixed date claim form stated.

In addition to their claim of not being contractually required to perform the work, TTUTA was also contending that its members are forced to complete marking outside of working hours as they do not have sufficient noncontact time.

TTUTA also alleged that the situation is exacerbated by an inefficient online registration system which was introduced by the Barbados-based body in 2012.

The association also claimed that the system has led to inequality among teachers as those teach­ing foreign languages have a smaller workload as SBAs are not required.

It noted that in May, last year, the Jamaican Government struck a deal with its teachers for them to receive JMD$300 per SBA script.

TTUTA decided to file the claim after the Minister of Education and Registrar of CXC ignored its calls to revamp the system, last year. (CMC)


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