The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers has been following the developments in the saga being lived by our peripatetic educators. The difficulties with which these educators are being confronted are not only significant but untenable, as they are being put in a position where, without any form of preparation, they may be subjected to scrutiny on work they have never done, or been trained to do, before.
To begin with, these educators are being pulled out of the roles they are qualified for to fill in vacancies which require preparation they are completely out of touch with. How much of the developments in curriculum can a Music teacher, for example, know if that teacher has never taught main classes, or if they have been away from the main classes for years? How can anyone even fathom the possibility of educators taking on a role which they have little, or no, training in?
Furthermore, these educators, who are now being expected to fulfil the role of a class teacher, will also be expected to abide by the terms and conditions dictated by their imposed role. First of all, they will be expected to write whole schemes of work based on a curriculum they are unfamiliar with: something which is time consuming even for those who have been in the practice for years, let alone for these educators who are not familiar with the syllabi. To rub salt into the wound, these educators might even have to subject this work they are not confident with, to scrutiny by Education Officers for Quality Assurance. So, not only are these educators being told to quickly create a scheme of work from scratch in record time, but they are also risking that this work, which will surely have taken up a great deal of their private time, will be scrutinized for flaws which will inevitably result in endless finger-pointing targeting these, already overly-stressed, educators.
With all of the above in mind, the UPE is issuing the following directives to its members who are peripatetic teachers, complementary teachers and teachers who offered other services, and who were recently deployed in the primary sector to take up the role of class-teachers or replacement teachers.
Peripatetic teachers, complementary teachers and teachers who offered other services, who have been deployed in the primary sector, and who are members of the UPE are not to forward any schemes of work to their SMT until further notice.
Peripatetic teachers, complementary teachers and teachers who offered other services, who have been deployed in the primary sector, and who are members of the UPE are not to accept visits from Education Officers, Quality Assurance Officers, Supervisors or other superiors as long as they are deployed to take up a class-teacher or replacement role.
Should any of our members have any further queries, or be coerced into complying with requests going against the above directives, are invited to contact the union via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our offices on 2590 5400.