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Whilst the government has announced pay increases for public sector workers, public school teachers have been ignored.
Public school teachers are also part of the public sector.
Guyanese professionals, namely from teaching and health, are leaving in droves to other countries who are recruiting them for the skills at competitive working conditions.
The teachers took to their social media to express how they feel about being excluded, pointing out that they are the backbone of society and should be valued.
President, Guyana Teachers Union, Mr. Mark Lyte expressed concern that even though teachers are the moulders of the nation and have moulded other professions they are not being treated like others.
The Union has submitted its proposal for wages/salary increases and other working conditions to the Irfaan Ali Government since 2020. According to the Union General Secretary, Ms. Coretta McDonald, they were advised the proposal is at the Office of the President and when the government is ready to engage the Union will be accordingly advised.
The constitutional Teaching Service Commission (TSC), which is responsible for promotion, is also yet to be established.