Under-deployed teachers to get employment preference
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
The education minister Ronald Thwaites says the approximately 2,000 teachers who are currently under-deployed will be given preference when positions become available in the public school system.
The assurance from Thwaites follows his declaration on the weekend that there will be no further employment of teachers this year as it would affect Jamaica's deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Thwaites says teachers who will retire or leave the system this year, will be replaced by those teachers who are already in the system.
He says teachers-in-training should now consider specialising in areas where there is an early demand such as special and early childhood education, science, mathematics and information technology.
Thwaites is not expecting the policy of non-employment to negatively impact teacher-training colleges.
He says discussions are ongoing with the administrators of the teachers’ colleges.
The education minister says many of the institutions have multi-disciplinary curriculums which will allow them to now cater to areas in demand.
Thwaites has argued that if more teachers are hired, Jamaica could fail to pass the IMF target of having the public sector wages at nine per cent of Gross Domestic Product.
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