Parent voices concern about lack of teachers

A concerned parent who has children at various schools is making an appeal to the Ministry of Education to correct the situation regarding teachers who are missing from a number of schools.

The parent who does not wish to be identified said while time is being wasted by Education Minister Anthony Boatswain who constantly blames his predecessor, Senator Franka Bernadine for not having proper structures at the ministry, he needs to ensure that systems are put in place to guide the children in the classrooms.

The parent referred this newspaper to the MacDonald College in St. Patrick’s that is without an Integrated Science and Geography Teacher for Form 5.

He said it is critical that the matter is addressed urgently since early preparations for the students writing CXC Subjects need to take place.

The parent indicated that with seven weeks having already gone in the school term and the children have to prepare their School-Based Assessment (SBA) for the Integrated Science, they are left without any guidance.

According to the parent, there is a teacher at Boca Secondary School who, for a long time now, has been requesting to have a transfer to MacDonald College but that is being resisted.

The parent said he is amazed that the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) and other parents have seemingly gone silent on the absence of teachers in the classrooms.

Recently, Minister Boatswain announced that the cash-strapped government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has placed a freeze on the hiring of teachers.


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