Mala Morton-Gittens is an educator with 34 years’ experience in the areas of language, literature and literacy education. At present she is the appointed Curriculum Coordinator, English, at the Curriculum Planning and Development Division of the Ministry of Education, Trinidad and Tobago. Among her responsibilities are the development, monitoring and evaluation of national English curricula for Primary and Secondary schools. Mrs Morton-Gittens advises the Ministry on policy regarding language and literature education and assessments. She functions as a Chief Examiner/Examiner at the Service Commission Examinations Unit and as Subject Specialist-English with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) for the regional Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) and the national Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA).
Mrs Morton-Gittens has in the past, contributed as a member of the CSEC English Panel and continues to advise at the regional level. At the international level, in her capacity as curriculum specialist, she advised on the PIRLS 2006, 2011 and 2016 items. She also represented the Ministry at working sessions in preparation for implementation of the 2016 Progress in Reading Literacy Survey (PIRLS) in Trinidad and Tobago. Mrs Morton-Gittens taught Literatures in English to students of secondary school for twenty-one years and remains dedicated to the expansion of Literature among schools in the county.