Guyana: About 10 percent of teachers on strike; Education Ministry deploys 500 substitutes

(DEMERARA WAVES) – The Ministry of Education on Monday night reported that about 10 percent of public school teachers across the country went on strike to pressure government to take a pay dispute to arbitration.

Authorities also signaled that steps were being taken to tap into a database of 2,500 persons to hire them temporarily to teach students in affected schools.

The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) did not provide its assessment of the impact of the strike which entered its second week, the first having been the pre-term week when orientations and other preparations are done.

Based on statistics released by the Education Ministry, at least 1,065 of the 10,615 government teachers stayed away from classrooms on Monday, the first day of the new school year. More than 500 persons were deployed under the contingency plan.