Some retired teachers who have returned to the classroom not happy

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Some retired educators who have returned to the classroom in a bid to ease a growing teacher shortage are reportedly turned off by the conditions of work.

In September some retired teachers responded to a call from the Ministry of Education for them to temporarily fill vacancies after a number of teachers resigned shortly before the start of the new academic year.

It appears however that this has not been an entirely smooth process as, according to Owen Speid, President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association, there have been challenges, “because when the teachers return to the classroom the conditions under which they work remain the same.”

This, he told RJR News, has become “a turn-off to some of them.”

Mr Speid suggested that, retirees returning to the job require more comfortable circumstances, physically and otherwise, in order for them to remain.

It will therefore be important to improve the working conditions in order to entice more retired teachers to return to the classroom and remain there long enough to make a difference, he said.

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