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Central Andros Students Protest Teacher Shortage

The shortage of teachers throughout the country is an issue that has long been talked about and it appears that this tradition continues as teachers and students at the Central Andros High School are up in arms following an announcement from the Ministry of Education to relocate one of the school’s core subject teachers.

Students and faculty at Central Andros High School are not at all pleased with the ministry’s decision to relocate one of its Mathematics teachers Dwanesha Dean to north Andros High School; in fact the students are prepared to launch a protest.

One member of staff, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the Bahama Journal on Tuesday that this will be a great loss to students.

“I think our greatest concern is that obviously there is a shortage of teachers on all the Family Islands, our needs are not addressed as they are in New Providence and Grand Bahama,” she said.

“We are also short a Science, Carpentry, Technical Drawing and Music teacher also which have not been filled this year so our greatest concern is really knowing that if they take this Math teacher we will be left without this core subject teacher and we’re already missing teachers.”

Last week the Ministry of Education informed the school of its intention to relocate the school’s Math teacher who has been with the school for 2 years.

Central Andros High with some 200 plus students will soon be left with only two mathematics teachers.

An emergency Parent Teachers Association (PTA) meeting was held yesterday evening to update parents on what is happening.

The Member of Parliament for Central and South Andros Picewell Forbes was expected to attend that meeting.

“They are waiting until this meeting has come to a close and ultimately they are discussing a student sit out in protest to this teacher going because of the great relationship with her, in addition to their need for Math so in one sense the ministry is telling us about the new national requirements for the National Diploma and that students will receive so many sessions per week in Math and in the next breath they’re taking away our Math teachers,” the faculty member said.

Our calls to the Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald and Director of Education Lionel Sands were not returned up to press time.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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