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Education Ministry Withdraws Sanctions Imposed On Teachers At Queens College

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Under pressure from the Guyana Teachers Union, the Education Ministry today withdrew those sanctions that it imposed last week on teachers at Queens College in wake of the probe into the handling of the Neesa Gopaul matter. Neesa Gopaul is the former Queens College student who was found murdered at a Linden Highway Creek a month back. Her mother and the mother’s boyfriend have since been charged for the murder.

It was teachers of Queens College who first took the girl’s plight of being abused at home to the police, the Education Ministry and Human Services and the same teachers found themselves facing demotion and promotion sanctions although they said they did all that they could do to protect the child. The Education Ministry’s move last week baffled many in the education sector, and the Teachers Union pulled out of the National Schools Championships which begins later this week in protest of the Education Ministry’s move.

Today the ministry pulled back its decision and late this afternoon the union and the ministry explained their positions.

The Neesa Gopaul case sparked national outrage since many believed the system failed the young woman. Though child protection services handled her case, following up on the case proved to be a big problem. 2 social workers were fired when an investigation was launched as to how that unit handled the same case.

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