Friday, December 15, 2017

Teach teachers to embrace change

 The only constant thing in this world is change. For many of us this can be a painful process whereas for others it can be second nature. 

Change to some union leaders seems to be a bad word, a course of action that should not be undertaken if it does not fit in with their agenda. At every twist and turn of events there is objection without meaningful counter suggestions. 

Take for example the Minister of Education’s remarks about the number of teaching days to which our school children are exposed as against the number of days off. What is the immediate reaction? Teachers need the vacation because they are very stressed out. Yeah, right! 

Anyone who is so inclined can take a drive around within a five-mile radius of their home and check the number of signs that signal extra lessons. Who performs these tasks? Stressed out teachers? 

Who gives lessons after school to stressed out students? Stressed out teachers? 

Who does lessons on Saturdays and Sundays?  Stressed out teachers? 

Who goes to teach in organised lesson sessions under homes and rented buildings? 

A simple check for this term will show there will be about seven days off! The present system as it obtains now must be subjected to change and all stakeholders need to come on board. 

Too many of our students are falling through the cracks and this is producing frustrated individuals who are turning to a life of crime. 

Add to this the fact that all it takes to become a “teacher” is a degree and the ability to pass an interview.

 To the many dedicated, hard working teachers I salute you; it’s just that I think we all have to do what is best for the future of our children and the apple cart needs to be upset.

 Sahadeo Ragoonanan

Princes Town