[lg policy] Cuban Teachers Recruited

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat Sep 1 14:58:28 EDT 2018


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August 29, 2018

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Twenty-four Cuban teachers have been recruited to teach at the primary,
secondary and tertiary levels for the 2018/2019 academic year, to boost the
teaching of the sciences, Spanish and other subjects.

The teachers were recruited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and
Information, in accordance with the cooperation agreement that was
initially signed in 1997.

They have joined 48 teachers who are currently serving within the education
sector, bringing the total to 72 teachers.

Speaking at the annual orientation session for the new cohort of Cuban
teachers held today (August 28) at the Alhambra Inn in St. Andrew,
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dean-Roy Bernard said the continuation
of the programme is indicative of its important contribution to the
education system

He noted that since the inception of the Cooperation Agreement, teachers
from Cuba have been assisting the Ministry, and Jamaicans overall, to
achieve the objectives outlined in the Language Policy.

“The Language Policy speaks to our objective of having Jamaicans being
bilingual and multilingual. Most critical among all the languages is
Spanish, because our neighbours are Spanish-speaking countries and for
cooperation, economic development and advancement, we must join our
neighbours, so this [the teaching of Spanish] is critical,” he said.

For her part, Acting Deputy Chief Education Officer, School Operations in
the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dasmine Kennedy, welcomed
the new cohort of Cuban teachers to the island.

She informed the gathering that since 1997, 369 Cuban nationals have been
recruited.

“The teachers have been employed to teach Spanish, mathematics, physical
education, agricultural science, chemistry, physics, biology and integrated
science. [They] were initially contracted to teach in Jamaican schools for
two years, but this was later increased to three years following the
revision of the Agreement in 2011,” Mrs. Kennedy said.

She informed that in 1997, 18 teachers were recruited predominantly to
teach mathematics and science subjects in secondary schools. She added that
due to the magnitude of the experience and expertise of the recruits, a
decision was taken in 2009 to include lecturers for tertiary institutions.

“A total of 72 teachers will serve this year. Currently, there are 48
teachers who will be returning for the academic year 2018/2019 and one
coordinator. On their return, 28 of the 48 teachers will commence the final
year of their contracts. The remaining 20 will commence the second year of
their contracts. These teachers will be joined by the 24 teachers recruited
for September 2018,” Mrs. Kennedy said.


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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