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Meeting with Ministry was fruitful

CARLOS ATWELL, ​[email protected]

Meeting with Ministry was fruitful

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While some teachers expressed dissatisfaction with the levels of communication from the Ministry of Education, Wednesday’s meeting was hailed as fruitful.

Officials from the ministry met with primary school teachers after doing so with their secondary school counterparts Tuesday.

The teachers who spoke to Nation News as they exited the meeting did not want to be identified.

Some said they were upset there was no official notification concerning the beginning of the next school term which is scheduled for September 21, but others were happy to be part of the discussion.

“I’m glad I came; it wasn’t a waste of time. The one thing that was not fully addressed though was what teachers who were parents would do with the blended system if they were scheduled to be at work and their children are at home. Still, they said there would be further consultation,” one said.

The teacher praised the contribution of specially invited guest Cynthia Forde, a former teacher and current Minister of Elder Affairs, who was said to have a firm grasp of the issues.

Another said the ministry was “talking sense”.

“They spoke about the need for solidarity between the unions, teachers and the ministry. They also spoke about greater parent involvement and greater respect for teachers, especially from the ministry and the public. There were a lot of insightful comments,” the teacher said.

The Ministry will meet with teachers of nurseries and special schools on Friday at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology. (CA)