The Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association is voicing concern with what it describes as the inhumane treatment meted out by the Ministry of Education against ICT Technicians and the Student Support Services Division.
The union explains that both groups provide valuable support to teachers and students at schools across the country.
It says School Social Work, Special Educators, Guidance Officers and Student Aides help the system through counseling and interventions aimed at mitigating social problems and learning disabilities.
In a media release TTUTA points out that some of the ongoing issues facing the two groups are non-renewal of contracts , delayed payment of salaries, reduction of salaries, non-payment of contract gratuity, non-establishment of permanent positions giving rise to a large contract workforce and increasing workload outside of the job description of ICT Technicians.
TTUTA is calling on the Education Minister to meet with the Association by the end of the school terms to discuss the issues affecting these workers to ensure that quality education is not compromised.