Teachers around the country whose license will expire in 2019 are advised that they have until Sunday, December 1, 2019 to submit their application for renewal. Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Dr Carol Babb, explained to Love News that while they have postponed the deadline for the submission of contracts, the deadline for license renewals remain.
Dr.Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer, Ministry of Education: “Renewal of licenses and contracts are tied. Yesterday we had a senior managers meeting with our minister Honorable Patrick Faber and he has instructed us that we will delay the submission of contracts, we are not going to give any deadline at this point in time about contracts until we’ve met with all stakeholders to hear their concerns and then move forward from there. What we have done, teachers who had their licenses from 2014 to 2019 we are not even checking if they did the 120 hours in CPDs; it’s an amnesty. We are saying to them if you have your licences from 2014 to 2019 we are not asking you to show any evidence that you did continuous professional development we’re asking you to submit your documents whether you have an associates degree or whatever it is for a renewal of your license.”
Renee Trujillo, Love FM News: Alright so that is for the renewal of the license. So you’re asking them to submit that by-
Dr.Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer, Ministry of Education: “The deadline is the first of December so that deadline stands so we’re asking them to still submit your documents for renewal of your license.”
According to Dr Babb, they will be sending out notices to the management of schools regarding the change in deadline for contracts.
Dr.Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer, Ministry of Education: “We are having a meeting on the 9th of December with all stakeholders to hear their concerns as it relates to contracts.”
Renee Trujillo, Love FM News: Stakeholders meaning union reps?
Dr.Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer, Ministry of Education: “Union reps, managing authorities, teachers. We’re meeting with a group called GMAS, General Managers of Grant Aided Schools and we’re also going to meet with BNTU. We will meet with the newly appointed NCE and NCT members to inform them of the delay, of the postponement and to hear their concerns. Every teacher should sign a contract when he or she is employed it’s just like if you come to work here at Love FM Mr.Rene will say ‘this is a contract to say we’ve employed you from when to when’, you know from this date to the other date. So we will delay that whole process because it’s creating a lot of issues, the Minister wants to hear the concerns.”
Renee Trujillo, Love FM News: Is this a new thing or is this something that every teacher should have been on contract ?
Dr.Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer, Ministry of Education: “It’s not a new thing, it’s in the education rule and every teacher should have a contract. It existed long even when I was a general manager so it’s not something new.”
Renee Trujillo, Love FM News: Do you know if all schools are abiding by that?
Dr.Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer, Ministry of Education: “In terms of the renewal of licenses and contracts a quite a large number of teachers have already submitted.”
A new deadline for submission of contracts will be set following the series of consultations.