An appeal to school administrators
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I am not aware of the methods used in shortlisting applicants for teaching vacancies in this country, but it would be safe to assume that among the criteria is the meeting of the required educational qualifications. I am fully aware, however, that in many instances, for various reasons, institutions and companies may choose to hire someone who does not meet all the requirements for the advertised post. These rare opportunities, I believe, are to be regarded as grand blessings.
I have a problem though.
It may come as a surprise to many, but quite a great deal of unemployed Jamaican teachers have been reduced to mere beggars in the job-hunting process. Several of us are compelled, because of our financial situations, to beg or borrow money for bus fare to and from the interview, printing and photocopying of qualifications, taking passport-size photographs and the like. While we are grateful for the opportunity to be considered for a post and to do an interview, hope is not what we applied for. We seek Jesus for that.
There are schools that are merely following protocol by advertising 'vacant' positions in the print media and conducting interviews, knowing full well that the position is already filled. There is also the matter of shortlisting applicants who do not have the required basic educational qualifications then highlighting that in the interview as a factor that may result in an unfavourable response from the school. Really now? Spare us the costly embarrassment, please