Parents and students protesting last year

Many schools were shut in the island of Tobago on Tuesday when teachers protested about poor conditions in some schools and too many of them being on temporary contracts and earning less than their permanent colleagues.

The protest was led by the President of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA), who said: 'Teachers can’t get their increments, can’t get their upgrade, promotions, contracts, resources, they are working in unsafe and unsecure schools.'

300 teachers protested outside the Department of Education, saying they were tired of the government making promises which were not kept and demanding that money be spent on new schools, school furniture, improved infrastructure and decent pay. 

This time last year parents and students mounted protests against the dangerous conditions in some schools.