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Retirement age teachers to be removed from classrooms

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2013 | 10:44 AM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio



Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, says teachers who have reached the age of retirement will be taken out of the classrooms this year as part of the government’s agreement with the International Monetary Fund.




He told the House yesterday that before those teachers are replaced efforts will be made to find underemployed persons already in the service to fill their places.



The Education Minister noted that the government is projected to save about $223 million over the next 2 years as a result of that move.



Speaking during the Sectoral Debate, Thwaites also announced that a careful assessment of the functioning of teachers’ colleges will be undertaken in this year.



He noted that the aim of such an assessment is to better align the institutions’ offerings to the national need.



The education minister also hinted that the 1980 Code of Regulations is to be reviewed to extend the probationary period for teachers.



He informed the House that a teacher who performs satisfactorily for one year in a clear vacancy becomes tenured for life in that school.



However, Thwaites said that practice is unsustainable.



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