Ministry begins training of substitute teachers


The Ministry of Education, Sports and Creative Industries commenced a three-day Pre-Service Teacher Preparation Programme this morning with fifty prospective educators.

The men and women selected have all applied for teaching positions and were interviewed and shortlisted.

Facilitated by technical officers from within the ministry, participants of the hybrid training will be educated on key topics including The Teacher as a Professional, The Teacher in Practice- Classroom Management and Preparation and The Teacher Technologist.

During a brief opening ceremony this morning, Director of Education, Clare Browne challenged participants to ask themselves why they believe they are capable of becoming teachers.

“Other professions are jobs; teaching is a calling, were you called to be a teacher?” Mr. Browne asked rhetorically. He advised, “A teacher has this God given responsibility of shaping lives. A teacher determines who a person becomes not just professionally but also generally.”

According to the Director, students learn more from the hidden than the written curriculum and it is therefore imperative for those entering the profession to be prepared for shaping human life.

Deputy Director of Education, E. Jonah Greene, explained the three-day engagement is in preparation for any void that will be created in the public school system as a result of government’s vaccine mandate. She said an assessment is currently underway and if necessary, participants of the Teacher Preparation Programme will serve in the first instance as substitute teachers, with the possibility of securing full time employment within the Civil Service.

The Deputy Director of Education stated the cohort possesses all skill sets that will be critical to increasing the country’s human capital, but must first acquire pre-requisite skills before entering classrooms as teachers and role models.

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  1. I guess you are pushing on but have you considered the Statistics on teacher vaccination status. Have the ministry reached out to the unvaccinated teachers. Did you ask your substitute teachers if they are all vaccinated? Now Mr.Director you are full of talk and a big buff. You do things for a show and to play up to the politicians. As director of education in general you are doing a poor job.
    Next you spoke of teaching as the only profession that is a calling. You call the others a Job. That is so disrespectful to our nurses, doctors, counselors, health care providers in general and I can go on and on .
    if that is the case then you have failed and probably one of the reasons for our country to be where it is today. Mark you I do believe that teaching is a special profession but far from being the only.

  2. What happen to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education. What’s her take on the state of play surrounding the crisis in her Ministry. I always heard the ministries are run by the Permanent Secretaries however there seems to be dereliction of duties at the MoE. I am tired of Claire Brown and the constant failures from e books to distance learning to replacement teachers. Ms. Christian is not the sharpest knife in the kitchen. The Education Ministry needs a competent P.S to curtail the arrogance of the Director

    • Yes, The Education Ministry needs a competent P.S to curtail the arrogance of the Direct-OR, as he refers to himself.The one there now is afraid even of her own shadow, and cries at the drop of a hat.
      BTW, anybody concern about the children are getting massive headaches from staring at the little screens all day? Even phone screens? And some of the teachers are checking into the classes very late?
      And especially, some of the children not even bothering to sign into the class?
      Chew on that.

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