No teacher short­age – Reid

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY - Jodi-Ann Gilpin Gleaner Writer jodi-ann.gilpin@glean­erjm.com

THE UN­CER­TAINTY sur­round­ing whether the new aca­demic year would be hit by teacher short­age has been put to rest. Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Ruel Reid said on Mon­day that so far, there have been no re­ports of ed­u­ca­tors leav­ing the sys­tem.

The ex­o­dus of teach­ers was among sev­eral fac­tors which he iden­ti­fied as rea­sons for the stark de­cline in the 2016 Caribbean Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Cer­tifi­cate (CSEC) math­e­mat­ics ex­am­i­na­tion.

“By the end of Oc­to­ber, we will have a gen­eral pic­ture of what is tak­ing place, be­cause as we speak, there are move­ments tak­ing place. Some schools are not even aware yet whether teach­ers are not re­turn­ing,” he said at the press con­fer­ence held in Au­gust.

MOVE­MENTS A CHAL­LENGE

“In my ex­pe­ri­ence, un­for­tu­nately, they do not tell you whether they are leav­ing or not. Even if you ask, the an­swer may not nec­es­sar­ily be ac­cu­rate, so it’s a chal­lenge. You are re­ally not go­ing to know un­til school re­sumes,” he con­tin­ued.

How­ever, in an in­ter­view with The Gleaner on Mon­day, Reid said that he has had no such re­ports, adding that work is un­der way to ad­dress gaps in the CSEC ex­am­i­na­tions.

“As I speak now, I have not re­ceived any ad­verse re­ports that there are any short­age of teach­ers. I have not been in­formed of

teacher spa­ces that are not be­ing filled. So it seems to me that the sys­tem has been able to re­plen­ish it­self,” he said.

Re­fer­ring to his plans to bring 50 math coaches into the sys­tem, Reid said, “That is hap­pen­ing apace, we have started the math con­sor­tium and we are to have a meet­ing

this week to stream­line those pro­grammes. Just to re­it­er­ate that the broad pro­gramme in terms of de­ploy­ment, the is­sues of fo­cused prepa­ra­tion, will oc­cur and will take place. More de­tails will be given shortly. But all the plans are com­ing to­gether.”

RU­DOLPH BROWN/PHOTOGRAPHER

Ruel Reid, min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion, and Re­becca Tortello, ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist, greet Rhys Green­land at the United Na­tion’s The World’s Largest Les­son ini­tia­tive at Cam­pion Col­lege, Hope Road, St An­drew, on Mon­day.

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