The Barbados Union of Teachers is on a mission to improve professionalism in the teaching profession.
This year the union’s 39th annual conference will be held from April 15 to 17 under the theme Improving the Professional Status of Teachers: A Necessary Imperative.
Public Relations Officer, Everton Briggs, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that the theme was to correspond with that of the Caribbean Union of Teachers’ annual meeting which would be held in Guyana from August 4 to 8.
He said the objective for the conference was to unify the teaching standards across the Caribbean, to improve the profession so that just as doctors or lawyers had certain characteristics that were easily identified, so would the teaching vocation. As it stood, Briggs added, there were no real uniform standards across the sector that made teaching a profession.
He noted further that when this occurred, teachers in Barbados, Trinidad or St. Lucia, for example, could then have the opportunity to go to other islands and teach.
The year’s conference will include the opening ceremony, which will be held at the Hugh Springer Auditorium at Solidarity House in St. Michael, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart would be the featured speaker. On April 16 there would be a business session and on April 17, a professional development workshop with presentations by Susan Remy-King on Improving Professionalism, Theckla Fitz of Walden University and a representative from Sagicor. (KC)††