Teachers in Antigua and Barbuda are required to play a crucial role in the educations system, as the Ministry of Education takes transformative action, says Director Clare Browne.
The Director’s comments were made on the occasion of the 28th annual World Teachers’ Day, being celebrated today, October 5, and form part of his 2022 message to local educators.
This year’s theme is, “The transformation of education begins with teachers,” which, Browne says, acknowledges the global call for the transformation of education.
However, more significantly, it suggests that teachers are not just an integral part of the revolution, but are the agents of such critical far-reaching changes.
Browne says that educators have to modify their teaching practices in order to meet the increasingly complex needs of students. He adds that teachers must be willing and ready to embrace new technologies, even as they hold onto the core principles of professionalism.
However, the Education Director expressed his trust and confidence that the teaching fraternity will be capable of meeting the challenges of this mammoth task.
Meanwhile, Browne says this year’s theme also encourages ministries of education and governments everywhere to recognize that the demands placed on teachers must be supported by greater investments in the education system.
World Teachers’ Day 2022 comes at a time when teachers are disgruntled about the break-ins and vandalism of public school and the Government’s inability to curb these problems.
The educators had threatened industrial action this week if 24-hour security services were not provided in all public schools. However, this was averted after the Government promised to step up Police and Army patrols in school districts.