Principals object to curriculum changes
By Cecily Asson Monday, October 7 2013
PRIMARY schools principals are experiencing difficulty at their respective schools due to the absence of teachers who they say are being taken out the classrooms by the Ministry of Education to attend training workshops for the curriculum rewrite, president of the National Primary Schools Principals Association Lynley Doodhai said yesterday.
The Ministry of Education introduced the curriculum re-write this academic term for pupils of the infant department to Standard One.
“Parents have been complaining,” Doodhai told Newsday, “but we can’t do anything about that, we are trying our best to manage the situation as best as we could.”
Having experienced similar problems at schools following what some stakeholders in the education system said was the “hasty implementation” of the Continuous Assessment Compo-nent (CAC) in primary schools, the recent reopening saw the educators faced with the problem again.
On Saturday at the Chaguanas South Secondary School, principals, teachers and officials of the Ministry of Education and Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) met to address some of the concerns and seek solutions. During the discussion teachers addressed the many challenges including training and planning of content for delivery and resource allocation.
Doodhai went on to say, “With the curriculum rewrite, principals are trying their best to manage the schools, as teachers are being taken out of the classroom for a number of days to go to these training workshops.”
We have been trying our best in terms of managing these schools with these classrooms with no teachers when they go to these workshops for this curriculum re write.”
He explained that in some instances where there are “three to four Standard One classes” all the teachers must attend the workshops and as a result the “entire Standard Ones are without teachers.”
We have to try to put things in place for when the students come to school because the teachers are not there, Doodhai said.
The training workshops are expected to be completed at the end of October.
TTUTA hopes to have further dialogue with the Ministry of Education on the concerns of principals and teachers..