DAT President Celia Nicholas asks government to review the process of recruiting teachers in Dominica
President of the Dominica Association of Teachers (DAT), Celia Nicholas, has made a strong appeal to the government, to review the ways in which teachers are being recruited on the island. She said teaching has to do with passion for the profession, and should not be based on likes, or receiving votes, and individuals should not be placed in the classrooms if they are not ready to be there.
“The way we are recruiting our teachers, again I ask the Ministry of Education and the Chief Establishment Department to review the way we are doing our recruiting,” she said at the Convent High School on Monday. “We are also telling the Minister for Education, as a politician, that we must stop putting individuals in the classrooms who are not ready to be in the classroom. It’s not who we like, who we don’t like, who will vote for us, or who will not vote for us; it is about who has the passion for the profession.”
She said once a teacher has the passion for the profession, he or she will do what they have to do to get students to learn. She noted that some people have the notion that teaching is so easy that anyone can do it, but that is not the case. Nicholas added “If we are really and truly teaching, we cannot say that teaching is an easy job. We need the training, we need the support and we need the right individuals in the teaching profession.”
She advised teachers who do not intend to remain in the teaching profession, to start looking elsewhere. “If you intend to remain in the teaching profession, let us get trained to do the job which we have to do,” Nicholas said.
She continued, “We know by research and by economic analysis, what happens to the economy of the country, if we do not have a well trained and a well-tutored population. The growth and the wealth of any country are linked to the level of education of its individuals.”
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