General Secretary's Speech at the National Delegates Congress on the 28th of August 2014 at The Paradise Suites Hotel.


Formal education started in The Gambia in 1823 and recruitment of teachers during this period was monopolised by Christian Missionaries mainly the Methodist, Anglican and the Catholic Missions. During this period the Colonial Government showed little or no interest in education.

Therefore, no machinery was created during the period to protect the interest and welfare of teachers. Low salaries and poor conditions of service became the order of the day.

These circumstances compelled some teachers to form a cohesive body that would represent the interest of its members, then the formation of the Gambia Teachers’ Union (GTU) on February 9th 1937.

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