Adjustments on the COVID-19 front as they relate to education will also have to be made by teachers. The Ministry of Education will be facilitating teachers and principals with online courses that would assist them in the accumulation of their professional development hours.
Minister Faber went on to applaud the teachers who are doing their part while he spoke on what the expectations are for them during the non-school days.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture: “The role of the teacher in all of this is very key and I want to say that we appreciate very much our teachers and we value their contributions in this very difficult time. To fully do their part we are requiring that teachers do the following; for the preschool and primary school teachers we expect that teachers inform and encourage parents to use the resources made available through the Ministry of Education or from other professional or pedagogical sources. We expect that teachers will periodically check on students’ progress and we expect that teachers will engage in relevant online professional development courses offered by the Ministry of Education or other approved providers. At the high school level we expect that high school teachers and ITVET instructors will develop or identify learning resources. We expect that they will engage students in online and other forms of distance education, we expect that they will provide students with varied and multiple opportunities to learn content and develop skills and we expect that teachers at this level will engage also in relevant online professional development courses offered by the Ministry of Education or other approved providers. I’d like to stress at this point that while continued learning is the goal that expectations and requirements should not create any undue burden on students or their families. If as a parent you have concerns kindly share them with your child’s teacher or report them to the school’s principal. If concerns are not resolved or if for some reason the principal cannot be reached parents or students can call the National Ministry of Education Hotline telephone numbers which are 615-7579 or 615-7402 for assistance.”