New primary school teachers receive training

Participants at the training

The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development on Friday held a training workshop for thirty new primary school teachers in effective teaching techniques and classroom management.

Chief Education Officer Steve Hyacinth told teachers that as new members of staff of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, their attitude in the classroom should reflect the vision and mission of the ministry.

“One of the things we pride ourselves on at the ministry is the vision we have outlined which is the provision of high quality education for all. That is the premise upon which we build our education system.

“As a teacher you need to know it and be inspired by the vision because that is what is going to guide what you do in the classroom,” Hyacinth said.

Hyacinth also encouraged the new teachers to report to classes always prepared and to see themselves as managers of their classrooms.

“You are a leader in the classroom and you need to ensure that you take students on a journey of learning. Therein lies your responsibility,” he said.

The teachers participated in orientation sessions including classroom management and assessment strategies. Facilitators, which included education officers and learning support advisors from the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, also presented on Ethnic Diversity, Lesson Planning, Teaching Strategies and Teacher Appraisal.

Teachers were given an introduction to the laws guiding the profession according to the Education Act, Regulations and Code of Ethics for schools.

Assistant Chief Education Officer Jeffrey Blaize PhD also presented on the topic, “Personnel Matters.”

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    November 27, 2011

    I’m not against anyone getting ‘a job’ but all those speaking against ‘teacher’ what do you know ..really? Imagine you spend your money to get a degree in edu. and u sitting at your home cannot get a job..while certain ppl putting their family members and friends in the position instead while they are untrained…i’m not saying that the untrained teachers can’t be put in the classroom..some of the do a good job for real. But trained teachers should be considered first..i’m just saying..

    • k
      November 28, 2011

      d ppl comin fr d state college have to apply n take d interview like everybody else..teachin is al about reachin out to ppl n not wat u have written on paper..wat if those person kno their stuff yet cant bring it to effectively to others, would it make sense to put dat person in a classroom?

  2. ?????
    November 27, 2011

    I have said it already,and i will say it again,”Its the worst Ministry”..Can principals stay home when thy want,and come to school when they want?

  3. WHY
    November 27, 2011

    I don’t understand the negativity. Isn’t it a positive move by the ministry to hold an orientation session for young teachers entering the service?

    And I will be the first to say a qualified teacher does not necessarily make a good teacher. I know young teachers who come straight off the State College and perform at an extremely high level and are very effective.

  4. teacher
    November 26, 2011

    hello people i wasn’t hitting at untrained teachers. I was stating the fact that the ministry and the teacher’s college are working against each other when they are supposed to be working hand in gloves. the ministry stated some years ago that all teachers in the schools would be trained by a certain year. However there are many trained teachers who graduated from the Dominica State College and are still at their homes whilst untrained teachers are filling vacant positions. Why is that so? Plus some of the teachers who graduated from the college have to go and sit CXC English. Why is that so. Everybody knows that to work in the public service you must have English and Mathematics yet the college are accepting the trainees and training them and then sending them to do CXC after they graduate from the teachers program of the DSC. This shouldn’t be. When i speak about some teachers sitting on their laurels i am not categorizing them into trained and untrained. I am categorizing them as TEACHERS. many of the things that are happening in our schools today I blame the MINISTRY officials for it because they know what is going on but do nothing about it. When you place a person in leadership role and they are not performing what should you do as the policy maker? Leave the person to cripple the institution till they retire? One year of inactivity can cause a lifetime of damage to any institution much less to have individuals year in and year out not doing what is required of them. Teaching is not a job. It is not for a salary. It is a committment and love of children regardless where they come from. Why work just to get appointed for the next term. So what happen when the appointment comes do you stop work?
    we as teachers should work because we are accountable to the children we teach but most of all to God.

    • ?????
      November 27, 2011


  5. former teacher
    November 26, 2011

    As a fellow Dominican and former teacher I must first applaud the Ministry of Ed for at least doing an orientation for new teachers now. When I was sent to teach I was a high school grad looking for work and did not have a clue as to what I was getting myself into. I was scared and nervous like a preschool age child first day in school. Whether one is considered qualified or unqualified what matters most is that the ones who have been in the field for decades should be willing to help new comers to the fold. Thanks to a few of the staff at the school I started teaching at, who helped me overcome my fears and enabled me to educate the young minds who were in my classrooms. It was a great experience and made me appreciate the really great teachers out there. So instead of being negative and non supportive my fellow d/cans…let’s do our best to support and help our teachers be the best they can be. For our children’s sake. One love. One people. Under one God.

    • Natural
      March 9, 2012

      Well…..give thanks to people like yourself. I taught for three years on the Island of Antigua and Barbuda, straight from America, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Service. I must say it turned out to be the best three years of my life and I would do it again if GOD allowed me. It’s really why I am visiting the website. Do you think the Ministry would accept me if I flew over an applied? I’m just a Teacher who loves Caribbean liviing.


      Teacher Natural, B.S.

  6. November 26, 2011

    My honest opinion! I am taking a back when certain persons become teachers. By the way; there are teachers and educators. A teacher teaches a lesson but an educator makes you understand.These same persons are part of families and do not help them. I always had the desire to educate. I done my share( not done yet).I have taught persons Maths, yes Mathematics, and have done better than the qualified teachers. I’m no qualified and do not have the intention of going to the Dominica State College although I believe that teachers are born; then refined.

    • ok
      November 26, 2011

      u said this to say?

  7. November 25, 2011

    sometimes the untrained teachers are doing a beter job than the so called trained teachers,too many times they attend the Teachers’ college then go back into the classroom and do the same old same old.some go to the college just to get appointed and get more money.going to the Teachers’ college does not make you a trained can only be considered a good trained teacher when one put into practice what they were taught by the excellent teachers at the Teachers college.I am an example of and a manifestation of that great Training from the best teachers’training college in the [email protected] teachers,digest what you have been taught ,welcome to this noble proffession.

    • ok
      November 26, 2011

      there is nothing noble about it> br truthful ,u qualified yourself for more money. you couldnt survive on 1400 a month>……..for that noble profession

  8. joy
    November 25, 2011

    i can remember in 2007 that the then minister for education said that come 2009 no untrained teacher will be in the classroom
    now there is workshop?

    and what about the teachers who completed the course at the teacher’s college and are yet to be placed in school for teaching practice
    much more should be done

  9. eee
    November 25, 2011

    While some teachers are catching hell in the classroom, there are some principals,who only sit their butt in an office and give directives..With a lot of verbage they are time and time tricking and fooling the fools at the Ministry of Education,making them believe that they are efficient and hard working…Friends in high places is destroying Dominica..

  10. ....................
    November 25, 2011

    When these workshops are being conducted,the resource persons/facilitators are people who in their days,were

    the worse teachers ever…They have a lot of talk,but they are just empty barrels. !

  11. kib
    November 25, 2011

    way to go! good initiative

  12. teacher
    November 25, 2011

    How many of these new teachers attended the Dominica State College? I want to know why the ministry is still hiring untrained teachers when there are so many teacher who graduated from the Dominica State College and they are still at their homes. I am a teacher for almost 20yrs and the only thing I can say is that the Ministry of Education is the most devant/derrier ministry. They are more concerned about fighting for power amongst themselves than they are in the welfare of the schools. They don’t know anything that happening at some schools and just sitting in the office pulling string to get their nene and pawe to work. Teaching is not just work it is a committment and too many time we see people come into the teaching service to get a salary and the children are suffering. It hurts me when i see i working hard to help people children do well and others just sitting on their backside and just waiting for month-end.
    Lord i long for that day when we can be true professionals from captain down to crew

    • %
      November 25, 2011

      I support this blogger 100 000 000%.. That’s the reason why this Ministry is the worst and most backward of all the Ministries.

    • Sarah
      November 25, 2011

      Teacher, are you really a teacher? It is very hard to believe! your grammar and sentence structure is very poor. If you have been teaching for 20 years, I wonder what you have been teaching the children.

      • Anonymous
        November 26, 2011

        Is???????? :lol:

      • forreal
        November 26, 2011

        if your grammar is so high,why are not a teacher,why the thought that the children she taught after twenty years have gone places hit you,no,its obvious negativity,some of us love to feed on it,dominicans write how they speak,like every other country,we have our own accents and dialect.

    • k
      November 26, 2011

      99.9% of d teachers that sit there butt down n do noting to help ppl’s children r d qualified, well trained teachers, cuz they r d ones who r fully employed by d ministry..d untrained teachers hav to work ur butt to get good results on their appraisal inorder to b appointed for d next teacher i beg to deffer!

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