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Education minister urges teachers to take vacation leave outside of school days

Published:Sunday | August 17, 2014 | 10:57 AM
Education Minister Ronnie Thwaites - File

Education Minister Ronnie Thwaites is renewing his appeal for teachers to take their vacation leave outside the 190 days stipulated for instructional delivery in public schools each year.



According to Thwaites, this would reduce the extent to which the education ministry and school administrators are required to make alternative arrangements to fill temporary vacancies.



Thwaites explains that whenever a teacher who goes on vacation leave during a school term, if a substitute teacher is not recruited, that position has to be temporarily filled by a colleague who often has another class.



The education minister points out that the government’s Code of Regulation stipulates that, under normal circumstances, vacation leave should not be taken during instructional time.



But he says some teachers continue to disregard the code, resulting in a pattern of accumulated vacation leave by teachers being taken during instructional time.



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