Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION
Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION RESPONDS TO COMMENTS BY THE TEACHING SERVICE COMMISSION BEFORE THE JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE
The Ministry of Education wishes to place on record its position with respect to the filling of vacant administrative positions in primary and secondary schools across the country.
The Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, gives the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) the sole responsibility to appoint, promote and transfer offices in the Teaching Service.
The responsibility of the Ministry of Education lies in forwarding all the necessary information to the TSC with the quickest dispatch. The Ministry takes its responsibility seriously.
It should be noted, that the Ministry of Education, is proactive and advertises all vacant administrative positions at the commencement of the year for all vacancies due to occur up to the end of that calendar year. All applications with the necessary attachments are forwarded to the TSC upon receipt.
The Ministry of Education has and continues to collaborate with the TSC with respect to any requests for additional information or queries on applications submitted for consideration.
The following table shows clearly the positions to be filled by the TSC as the Ministry of Education awaits the pleasure of the Commission’s appointments.
Name of PositionNos. of Vacant Positions
|Name of Position||Nos. of Vacant Positions|
|Vice Principal (Secondary)||45|
|Head of Department (Secondary)||240|
|Vice Principal (Primary)||53|
|Senior Teacher (Primary)||189|
|Head of Department (Primary)||103|
The Ministry of Education is awaiting the publication of the TSC’s Recruitment Plan for the filling of administrative vacancies in the Teaching Service, and is ready and willing to collaborate, to ensure that all posts are filled within a reasonable time to the benefit of the children of our nation.
The Ministry of Education has recommended the utilization of Selection Boards for the filling of vacancies, which yielded successful results in the past. The Ministry is awaiting a response from the TSC on all counts.
In the final analysis the acting, promotion and permanent appointment of persons to all positions rests with the TSC. The constitution of our Republic keeps this area out of the hands of the Ministry of Education.