TTUTA to get a female president

His­to­ry will be cre­at­ed to­day when a woman is se­lect­ed to lead the Trinidad and To­ba­go Uni­fied Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (TTUTA) as the elec­tion of a new ex­ec­u­tive got un­der­way this morn­ing.

Vy­ing for the post of Pres­i­dent is Up­per Cara­pichaima Pres­by­ter­ian Pri­ma­ry School Prin­ci­pal Nir­mala Chinebas-Din­di­al; East­ern Boys’ Gov­ern­ment School Prin­ci­pal Jemi­ma Ri­ley; and se­nior teacher at Tu­na­puna Girls’ RC School An­to­nia De Fre­itas.

The elec­tion process which is held every three years, be­gan at 7 am to­day and is ex­pect­ed to close at 5 pm.

The oth­er posts be­ing con­test­ed by 11 can­di­dates in­cludes first vice-pres­i­dent; sec­ond vice-pres­i­dent; third vice-pres­i­dent; trea­sur­er; and gen­er­al sec­re­tary.

Out­go­ing Pres­i­dent Lyns­ley Doo­d­hai ex­plained while there is a base school in each of the eight ed­u­ca­tion dis­tricts where mem­bers can go to cast their votes - there will be rov­ing bal­lot box­es through­out each area to ac­com­mo­date teach­ers un­able to leave their re­spec­tive schools.

He said this is to en­sure all mem­bers at pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary schools through­out T&T will have the op­por­tu­ni­ty to cast their vote.

Mean­while, Doo­d­hai said it was on­ly mem­bers that are in good fi­nan­cial stand­ing with TTUTA that would be able to vote.

Spe­cial­ly trained teach­ers are as­sist­ing with the elec­tion process.

With TTUTA’s mem­ber­ship stand­ing at 11,500 - Doo­d­hai said based on pre­vi­ous vot­ing pat­terns - they are ex­pect­ing be­tween 7,000 and 8,000 per­sons to vote.

And al­though pre­lim­i­nary re­sults will be an­nounced late this evening af­ter the bal­lots are count­ed, the fi­nal re­sults would on­ly be of­fi­cial­ly an­nounced with­in the next 48 hours.

This, Doo­d­hai said was to ac­com­mo­date any can­di­dates want­i­ng a re­count.

The bal­lot box­es are to be brought to TTUTA’s head of­fice in Curepe af­ter the elec­tion clos­es at 5 pm, where they will then be tal­lied.

Doo­d­hai, who has served two con­sec­u­tive terms on TTUTA’s ex­ec­u­tive was statute-barred from con­test­ing to­day’s elec­tion.

He served as sec­ond vice-pres­i­dent from 2013 to 2016; and then as pres­i­dent from 2016 to 2019.

Re­veal­ing he was sat­is­fied with the strides made dur­ing his tenure, Doo­d­hai said, “I have no am­bi­tion to re­turn again, I am glad to move on.”

Hav­ing re­cent­ly com­plet­ed his law stud­ies, Doo­d­hai said he was ea­ger to pur­sue oth­er in­ter­ests such as pub­lish­ing ma­te­r­i­al for use by stu­dents writ­ing the Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) ex­am and oth­er pro­fes­sion­al op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Reporter: Anna-Lisa Paul

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