System-wide teacher shortages negatively impacting students’ learning – A&BUT

General Secretary of Antigua &Barbuda Union of Teachers Annetta Alexander.

The recent transfer of at least 15 school principals and a number of teachers at the start of the academic year is having an adverse impact on the education system, the Antigua & Barbuda Union of Teachers (A&BUT) has said.

The union is of the view that the perennial problem of shortage of teachers has worsened as a result of the “mass transfers”.

General Secretary of A&BUT Annetta Alexander said there is a shortage of teachers for key subject areas to include Mathematics, English Language and Modern Languages.

She said the All Saints Secondary school is without teachers for Industrial Arts, Agriculture Science, Mechanical Engineering, Technical Drawing, Chemistry, Information Technology, Visual Arts and Home Economics.

“Antigua Girls’ High School (needs teachers for) Spanish, Visual Arts, Home Economics’ Ottos Comprehensive — Modern Languages, English, Social Studies, and there is no deputy principal,” Alexander said.

She added that about 18 educators are missing in action at the Clare Hall Secondary School.

A fraction of that number was transferred while the others are enrolled in the Teacher Training Department at the Antigua State College (ASC).

She continued to list the deficiencies as follows: “Glanvilles Secondary — History and Music; St Mary’s Secondary — Science, Social Studies, English Language, Chemistry, Physics, Library Skills and they are now out of a counsellor.”

The Princess Margaret School is also short of 12 teachers.

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