Education official admits specialized teacher shortage ahead of new school term

Marcellus Taylor

Education Director Marcellus Taylor on Tuesday reiterated the need for more specialized teachers in the country. His comments came as 230 new teachers were welcomed into the public school system in an orientation exercise yesterday.

Taylor told Eyewitness News the public school system is experiencing challenges in getting specialized teachers, especially in the technical field.

He said most persons who have the skills do not have the necessary credentials, and that those who qualify, the Ministry of Education just cannot afford to pay.

There is also a shortage of special education teachers, according to Taylor.

Earlier this week, Education Minister Jeffery Lloyd said, the government is seeking to make it mandatory for students pursing a degree in education to have a year of training in special education.

He said any child could have some learning disability and it is not fair that they be separated from their peers, because their teachers do not know how to teach them.