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A different voice for teachers

Senior writer Lara Pickford-Gordon speaks with the new president of the teachers’ union.

Antonia Tekah DeFreitas describes herself as a wife, mother, senior teacher at the Tunapuna Girls’ RC. In October she was elected President of the Trinidad & Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) becoming the first woman to head the 39-year-old organisation. But DeFreitas isn’t basking in this achievement.

“Yes, I made history, but history will forget. What will be remembered is the legacy I leave based on the work I will do and to me that is more significant. I am hopeful the work I will do for the next three years will redound to the benefit of teachers and the education system, that is more meaningful for me.” As the new TTUTA President she wants to show women in the teaching service and country that “we are capable of producing strong leadership”.

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