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GTU Pulls Out of National Schools Championships

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The Guyana Teachers Union earlier this evening announced that it was pulling out of the National School’s Championships in wake of the way the education ministry went about its investigation into the handling of the Neesa Gopaul matter by teachers of Queens College. The GTU says it intends to inform all sponsors, all teachers and the various districts of its decision. The schools championships are slated to begin next week, marking their 50th year.

The President of the GTU this evening told capitol news that the education ministry in its investigation into the role teachers played in dealing with the child complaints of abuse never made any contact with the union and did not involve the union in any part of the investigation.

The education ministry has since issued demotion letters to 2 of the teachers of Queens College and another teacher has been blocked for promotion for the next 3 years. The GTU sees the move as a grave case of injustice especially taking into consideration the fact that the teachers were never given the opportunity to appear before the investigating panel and tell their side of the story. The GTU president said the ministry cannot want to cooperate for the national championships and not involve the same union in serious matters involving teachers of the country’s premiere secondary school.

Last Friday the government released the findings of the education ministry’s investigation into the Neesa Gopaul matter. The 16 year old former QC student was found dead in a creek along the Linden Soesdyke Highway. Her mother and her mother’s boyfriend have both been charged for the murder. The girl had complained about abuse at her home and the issue was first taken to the attention of the education ministry and child protection by teachers of the school, the same teachers who now find themselves being demoted and blocked for promotion. The girl did not return to Queens College when school reopened in September. She was murdered in October. Her complaints of abuse were taken to the Child Care and Protection and the Education Ministry months before.

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