Members of the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) will converge in Carriacou next week for two days to hold their their 54th annual conference at which one of the highlights will be an address by Economist, Lennox Andrews, the former No.2 man in the Ministry of Finance.
GUT has invited Andrews to explain to teachers how the state of the economy will impact upon them.
Another highlight of the conference will be the installation of the newly elected GUT Executive, and an open session for teachers to air their views on the way forward for the union in the ensuing year.
Another major issue that will be addressed is the regularisation of teachers who are yet to be appointed, and the delay in the payment of increments.
Outgoing President, Lydon Lewis was retained as President General during the recently held GUT election in which he easily defeated former union boss, Marvin Andall.
Lewis will now serve a second consecutive two-year term as GUT President. He was first elected at the helm of the Union on March 12, 2013.
The other members on the Executive are Davis Adams who is the Principal of South St. George Government School as first Vice President, second Vice President is Findley (Scholar) Jeffery, a teacher at McDonald College in Sauteurs St. Patrick’s.
Tessa McQuilkin retained the position as General Secretary. A teacher at the St. David’s Catholic Secondary School, McQuilkin was unopposed.
The Assistant General Secretary is Diane Abel Jeffery who teaches at McDonald College, and is the wife of the second Vice President.
The trustees are Kelly Calliste, Vice-Principal of St. David’s Catholic Secondary School, as well as Delores La Qua, Magdalene Carmichael and Jude Bartholomew.
The re-elected GUT President-General has already expressed confidence in the other members of the executive with which he has to work.
He spoke of each member of the team bringing to the table a wealth of experience and expertise which can serve well for the GUT.
He said Adams who is the second in command of GUT has managerial skills which undoubtedly is manifested at the school he leads which can be considered as one of the most outstanding primary schools in St. George’s.
Lewis indicated that Jeffery, the second Vice President has a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management and will bring the experience he has of being in the public domain as a calypsonian to the table.
He said Calliste who is now in charge of GUT finances has a deep financial background, and has also chaired the credit committee of the GUT Credit Union.
The President-General also indicated that the Assistant Secretary Abel Jeffery also has a Master’s Degree and can bring a lot of technical skills to the union.
“It is a good combination and we believe that it could work well,” Lewis said.
Lewis who defeated Andall by 431 votes has already extended the olive branch as he believes the former president has a wealth of experience and knowledge which he can use to contribute to the development to the union.
Following his defeat Andall, through social media extended congratulation to Lewis and offered him best of luck in his second term in Office.
Lewis gave a commitment to have those persons who contested the election and lost such as another former President Kenny James to play a part in the activities of GUT.