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Teachers Across Guyana Stage Silent Protest Against Violence Against Teachers

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In this photo, teachers of Yupukari Primary in the Rupununi Savannahs pose for a photo in their black and white attires.

At the request of the Guyana’s Teacher Union, teachers all across Guyana dressed in black and white attire for the day of Monday, 20th of January 2020. This was done as an act of silent protest against a recent trend of violent attacks being perpetrated against teachers.

The move was summoned especially after the recent incident where two persons assaulted a teacher in the headteacher’s office of St. Agnes Primary School in Georgetown, Guyana, South America.

The teacher, after playing a role in the case of a school bully severely injuring another student, was accused by the parents of the bully of incurring excessive medical expenses by taking the child to a certain hospital. She was subsequently violently attacked and even kicked by the bully’s father. The incident was caught on camera.

Subsequently, the man who kicked the female teacher while she was lying on the ground was charged with assault and placed on $20,000 bail. Ironically, the teacher who was assaulted was given the same charge. Many people, including the GTU, are sorely disappointed with this ruling and express great dissatisfaction with the judiciary of Guyana.

In fact, on the day of the first court appearance, one woman was even caught on camera shouting that the judiciary system of Guyana is a total failure.

The Guyana Teacher’s Union has expressed its intention to challenge the court’s initial ruling on the matter.

Teachers of Central Corentyne Secondary School pose for a photo in their black and white attires.
Teachers of J.C Chandisingh Secondary at Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, Berbice pose for a photo in their black and white attire.
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