Teachers agree to transfer
Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites says more than 100 teachers have voluntarily agreed to a transfer to other schools for the 2013-2014 school year.
The 1980 Education Regulations do not sanction or support the transfer of teachers.
This morning, Thwaites said the voluntary relocation begins a process which is expected to accelerate in coming years and is aimed at optimising the use of the education sector’s human resources.
Thwaites has also pointed out that the rationalisation of teachers is a part of the education programme under the deal with the International Monetary Fund.
Thwaites announced that many of the teachers have been moved from primary or junior high schools to the high school level.
The Jamaica Teachers’ Association has opposed a mandatory transfer of teachers.
Meanwhile, Education Ministry says over 2,000 teachers have been trained in primary school-level literacy instruction, special education, the health and family life curriculum and integration of technical and vocational education into the secondary school system.
The training took place over the summer.
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