Online Teaching Programmes are to be introduced as one of the government’s plans to tackle the issue of teacher shortage in Barbuda.
In an official visit to the Sir McChesney George Secondary School and the Holy Trinity Primary School on Monday, the Education Minister Michael Browne was informed that there were not enough teachers being hired to accommodate the number of students enrolling in the schools on the sister isle.
Browne, along with the high level delegation who visited the island were also informed of the constant heat and poor ventilation being faced by teachers and students at the educational facilities.
In response, the Education Minister said that the government is working towards building capacity to address the issues, noting that the nation could very well move towards simulcast teaching in the near future.
“We can have one teacher teaching at a central location in Antigua and at the same time simultaneously teach in several classrooms in Barbuda”, he said.
For this to become possible, the Minister said the lack of proper internet access will have to be remedied. “That’s the only way professional development can take place,” he said.
He continues stating, they will also provide rooms that are much cooler for the students and staff with the installation of ceiling fans.
The issue surrounding the lack of infrastructure at the Sir McChesney George Secondary School was also addressed with the education Minister revealing plans that a Caribbean Development Fund Project, earmarked for January 2017, is in its final stages of planning before construction begins.
The delegation included Director of Education Clare Browne, Chairman of the Board of Education Leslie-ann Yearwood, and Deputy Director of Education with responsibility for Curriculum Beverly Allen.