Guyana's teachers and the Government are at loggerheads over a directive that they will be marked absent if they do not take a COVID-19 vaccine or produce a negative test once weekly when the new academic year begins next month.
The Education Ministry plans to reopen schools to face-to-face classes on September 6 following calls from parents and educators highlighting challenges with virtual teaching.
The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) on Monday night announced that it was pulling out of a school assessment exercise unless the Ministry of Education withdraws the directive.
The GTU said it was not opposed to teachers being vaccinated but they must not be forced to do so.
The authorities said the directive also applies to ancillary and administrative staff.