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Don't focus on sprinting alone

Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2015 | 9:00 AM


A number of recent graduates from The Mico University College are becoming frustrated with the long period our degrees are taking to be accredited.

Our programmes have been assessed almost two years now by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), the body in charge of accreditation. But until now, our degrees have not been granted accreditation. What is keeping up the process? Why our degrees are not yet accredited?

In the interim, we have to survive on a pretrained teachers' salary, which is about $48,000 after GCT. Some of us have been teaching in the public sector for almost three years. I am starting to believe that we, as young graduates, are being sabotaged by the UCJ.

Many of us have student loans that we cannot start repaying on our meagre, pretrained teachers' salary, leaving some of us with a guilty conscience. In addition, we have to contend with the ingratitude and abuse in the classroom. This is very disheartening and discouraging.

We are beginning to lose our enthusiasm and energy. The drive we had to inspire, guide and transform lives.

I am beseeching the UCJ to speed up the process of accreditation.