The vacancies advertised by the Teaching Service Commission in the Sunday papers of January 16, 2011 total 620, identified as follows:
a) Nursery – 85
b) Primary – 237
c) Secondary – 77
d) Heads of Department (Primary and Secondary) – 203
e) Practical Instruction Centres – 18
Examination of the various texts reveal some interesting, if not wholly disturbing, indicators of the extent to which some regions are bereft of relevant qualified human resources.
The letter by my old friend and comrade Navin Chandarpal, ‘A voter has the right to secrecy,’ (SN, Jan 21), and the response of President Bharat Jagdeo as reported by Demerarawaves.com, ‘Jagdeo calls Navin Chandrapal vindictive, bitter because he was fired for non-performance,’ are important for several reasons.
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the anonymous author who penned the letter captioned ‘The TRIPS system tripping us up; goods are left on the wharf for months,’ published in the January 15 edition of the Stabroek News.
I noted the contents in Stabroek News of January 18, ‘Budget fails to deliver to poor, jobless – Greenidge.’
In the article Mr Greenidge was reported as speaking of widespread poverty and unemployment which the budget does not address; making a number of political statements many of which have no connection with reality; claiming that the last ten years were the worst for security and public accountability; accusing the staff of Parliament of destroying or removing parliamentary records for the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and parliamentary sittings; and criticizing the use of supplementaries, saying they abuse the total picture and can be inflationary.
The PPP presidential hopefuls for 2011 should not air their dirty laundry in public. Whatever their differences with the selection process are, they must be ironed out behind closed doors.
Member of the PPP’s Central Com-mittee and Executive Committee, Presi-dent Jagdeo, at a press conference said: “But more importantly, there is a danger we have always been worried that people could promise other things to get them to vote for them and this is the danger of secret balloting…”
This view is an insult to the large majority of the Central Committee (CC) of the PPP in terms of what would influence the way in which they would vote in order to choose the presidential candidate for the PPP/C.