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Directives – UPE Calls for Review of School Projects

Concerns over Workload and Relevance for Kindergarten Students

The Union of Professional Educators, representing the voices of dedicated educators, is directing its members to halt participation in certain activities due to a significant increase in workload and concerns regarding the suitability of the activities for kindergarten students.

In recent developments, educators working in state schools have reported a sharp rise in paperwork and additional responsibilities associated with the GENE project. The requirement to submit separate activity plans for these initiatives, coupled with the necessity to seek approval from the GENE project coordinator, has placed an excessive burden on educators, particularly those working with kindergarten students.

“Educators working in state schools have reported a sharp rise in paperwork and additional responsibilities associated with the GENE project.”

Moreover, educators have expressed reservations about the compatibility of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the developmental needs and understanding of kindergarten students. The intricate themes of the SDGs are deemed unsuitable for this age group, prompting valid concerns about the educational appropriateness of these topics.

Furthermore, educators have cited instances where they were involuntarily enrolled in competitions without prior consultation or consent. This has led to a lack of autonomy and professional input in deciding whether such involvements align with the best interests of both educators and their students.

Consequently, the Union of Professional Educators, aware of these challenges, is strongly advocating for a comprehensive review of these activities. The Union believes that educators should not be compelled to participate in initiatives that jeopardize their well-being and professionalism. The Union calls for a balanced and informed approach, ensuring that educators are respected as professionals and that the educational experiences of kindergarten students are enriched with age-appropriate and meaningful activities.

“Consequently, the Union of Professional Educators… is strongly advocating for a comprehensive review of these activities.”

The UPE has registered a trade dispute on the matter with the Ministry of Education, and will bbe issuing the following directive that Will be affective as from Wednesday 17th January 2024

All Kindergarten Educators (KGE’s) and Learning Support Educators (LSE’s) who are members of the UPE are advised not to participate in the GENE Project.

In conclusion, the Union emphasizes the need for open dialogue and collaboration between educators, school leadership, and relevant stakeholders to address these concerns. The Union remains committed to fostering an environment that upholds the well-being of educators and the educational interests of students.

For further updates and guidance, Union members are encouraged to engage with the Union’s official channels and stay informed about the ongoing developments regarding this matter.

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