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– no overseas hiring until full consultationsA plan to hire Maths and Science teachers from overseas will not be implemented until consultations with stakeholders are held, government has insisted. Additionally, reports that Cabinet is getting ready to review a draft plan on the hiring process are not true. This is according to Education Minister, Shaik Baksh.Last month,Air Max 90 Essential White And Black Womens, government announced that based on severe needs, it was mulling the possibility of hiring teachers out of Guyana for the two key subjects. Falling pass rates have been worrying policy makers for sometime now, coupled with migration and the reluctance by teachers to follow Mathematics and Science.The Minister, during a press conference at his Brickdam office on Monday,Cheap Jerseys USA, pointed out that President Bharrat Jagdeo had assured that there will be no hiring of overseas teachers until consultations have been held with the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) and the Teaching Service Commission (TSC), along with other stakeholders.A recent newspaper report that suggested that Cabinet, one of the highest decision-making bodies of the administration, is set to consider a document that may greenlight the hiring is a total “fabrication”, Baksh stressed.According to the Minister, there is a clear need for teachers of the two subjects…needs that cannot be readily met by Guyana.To highlight the serious shortage, Baksh pointed to the fact that only 11% of the teachers in Mathematics are graduates, with 42% trained by the Cyril Potter College of College. That means a whopping 47% are “underqualified”.The pass rate is only 35% with the major constraint in the subject being quality.Across the country, regions one, eight and nine are the most affected. Citing an example,Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping, Baksh disclosed that a Maths teacher had to be sent from the city to Annai, in region nine.Even a two-year non-graduate course in Science, Maths and English is failing to bridge the gap.The situation, the Minister argued,Jordan Shoes For Sale Cheap, is so dire that 33 schools remain without a Head of Department in Maths.Government has not ruled out offering incentives to attract teachers to pursue Maths and Science, he said.Last month, government spokesman, Dr. Roger Luncheon, made the surprise announcement of the hiring of overseas teachers for Maths and Science, with the GTU immediately expressing worry whether these would be better paid than locals and raising other key questions.It was disclosed that the Ministry of Education approached Cabinet on the need for more teachers in the two critical subject areas.According to Luncheon, there are also needs in other subject areas, but Maths and Science are of greatest importance at this time.Guyana had previously gone this way, hiring teachers from Sri Lanka and Sudan, with a number of them even staying on and becoming citizens.“The urgency in responding to the created need for Mathematics and Science teachers now has… more or less outstripped what national production levels can provide, and this is why a decision has had to be examined and looked at to return to an older model of addressing the human resource needs of the teaching profession,” Luncheon had stressed.It was pointed out that a number of countries like Montserrat and Grenada,Wholesale China Jerseys, and members within the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS),Cheap Air Max 95 Sale, have already been advertising for professionals to fill vacancies within their respective public sectors, targeting Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and North America.Government will not be ruling out using professionals within the region under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CMSE) arrangements which allows for the free movement of skills.It is an established fact that many of the country’s trained teachers have been leaving Guyana to take up more lucrative posts abroad, creating a headache for policy makers.Officials have said that Guyana may need more than 100 teachers for the two subjects.
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