Teachers say they have been operating at a disadvantage using the online teaching platform.
Since the closing of schools in March, educators have been utilizing various online platforms to deliver lessons to their students, who remain at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this year’s State of the Union address, the Acting President of the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers, Tasheba Frederick, says teachers feel burdened by having to use this new teaching method without first receiving the proper training.
Further, she says, teachers initially had to use their own resources, such as Internet, to disseminate lessons.
Accordingly, Frederick says the Ministry of Education has inconvenienced teachers, who are often blamed when students perform poorly.
Since teachers are always being placed under the microscope, Frederick says that policy-makers should be held at a higher standard, and they should also be evaluated on the performance of their duties.
The Acting Union head says there needs to be a clear plan, going forward, that will allow teachers to function more efficiently.
Since the remote-learning initiative was launched, Ministry of Education officials have given the impression that the new methods of teaching were proceeding without major concerns by those tasked with delivery of the lessons.