30 January 2010

Not Enough Schools, Not Enough Teachers

"To respond to the [Millenium Development Goal] of ‘Education for All’ by 2015, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport needs to hire about 5,000 new teachers at all levels and must build 1,000 new schools,” In The*, spokesman for the Ministry of Education," said today.

1,000 new schools by 2015? That's never going to happen and the problem with the 5,000 new teachers target is that more than 2,000 teachers are being lost every year to retirement. And with a monthly salary often not much more than $50 per month it's not as if the profession is a financially attractive one.

*That's not a typo 'In The' is the man's name.

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