Education supervisors called upon to provide support to teachers

Hyacinth said it is hard for teachers to implement ideas without support

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Chandler Hyacinth has called on supervisors in the education department to provide support to teachers.

She was speaking at the official launching of a one-week, ‘Teacher Professional Development’ summer training workshop held at the Newtown Primary School on Monday.

“I want to use this opportunity to encourage supervisors that are there to give our teachers support, all the support that they need to implement their new instructional practices that they are going to learn,” she encouraged.

According to Hyacinth, it is hard for teachers to implement ideas without ongoing support, and supervisors who are placed to do the necessary are the ones, “we expect to give the ongoing support so that teachers can do the work that they have to do.”

“We expect supervisors to visit their classes, we expect them to provide feedback, not just going and sitting in the class, but provide teachers with the feedback necessary so that new skills they learn can impact on student learning,” she said.

She added, “Our supervisors are to give our teachers every support and give them the feedback necessary so that they can impact the skills that they are going to learn and we will see the effect on our children learning.”

Hyacinth went on to say that the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development hopes that the sessions will offer the opportunity to raise their level of performance.

Meantime, she pointed out that continuous growth and development is critical in maintaining excellence in teachers.

“Professional development is how we build resilience in our education system, helping our teachers to address the varying situations that exists or they will be exposed to, to increase competence in the face of adverse conditions,” she explained.

Hyacinth believes that the classroom environment is challenging and as teachers should serve as a source of inspiration and a coach to the students under their care.

“When the Ministry of Education invest in professional development of our teachers we contribute in maintaining and further improving the quality of our education,” she noted.

She mentioned however, professional development can be ineffective when it neither changes teaching practices nor improve students learning.

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5 Comments

  1. marie-claire R Skerrit
    July 17, 2018

    miss what are you all doing for autistic kids on island. Dominica school system has a large population and nothing is being done my dear.

  2. Nyaaba
    July 17, 2018

    A very selfless and practical Dominican – Thanks for the opportunity at PSS. It was delight working under and with you.
    Good day ahead.
    Nyaaba

  3. JOSH SHAW
    July 16, 2018

    We want the government to pay teachers a fitting salary! Not the pocket change that they presently get while you all the do not a thing obtain such attractive salaries!

  4. Stupes
    July 16, 2018

    The ministry of education including yourself should show support for teacher who are bringing their all in the class room and have to deal with all kind of issues. No materials provided for teachers yet it is expected that we use all kind of materials to enhance students learning. Invest in teachers and see how the education environment and learning will improve. Case in point provide teacher with laptops or tablets to do their emis. Manila papers markers crayons etc. That penniless salary can’t do anything much.

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