The Gambia Teachers Union (GTU) has called on its members and students to desist from any industrial action and refrain from taking any undue risk that may jeopardise their profession and education.
The Union’s leadership said it has been keenly monitoring Gambia’s socio-political space in recent period and has now make their position very clear on the ubiquitous matter of a pending “demonstration” due in a couple of days or weeks.
General Secretary Marie Antoinette Corr urged members to continue with their normal teaching duties and desist from any industrial actions, unless otherwise sanctioned by the GTU.
She also urged school administrators to advise their students to refrain from taking any undue risk that may jeopardise their education. “Management has learnt with deep regret that some schools have allegedly favourably reacted to this scenario by altering their end of term exams timetable which is quite unfortunate”, it highlighted.
She said the Union will continue to observe the due processes, systems and mechanisms and should it warrant them to embark on any sort of industrial actions, the GTU will duly advise them accordingly.
“While we continue our quest to pursue our demands from MoBSE and PMO as regards the welfare and wellbeing of our general membership, we urge all members to exercise restraint”, she said.
Mrs Corr also urged the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to specify the closing and opening of schools for the incoming Terms for clarity purpose.
In conclusion the union assured members and students of their unreserved commitment and resolve to continue championing their interest.