The chronic shortage of mathematics and science teachers in the secondary school system should be eased for the upcoming school year, the Ministry of Education has announced.
The development comes as 176 of 240 students who took part in a programme that was backed by the Ministry in 2015 have now completed a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education degree and are ready for placement in the school system.
Under the programme, students specialised in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology or technical and vocation education.
A statement from the Ministry on Monday explained that at the start of the programme, 240 scholarships were awarded to students preparing to enter teacher-training institutions to pursue the BEd. degree. Under the special initiative, some institutions engaged students in an accelerated programme which included two summer semesters.
“As a result, 176 students who have completed their programme of study are ready for employment,” the statement said.
Among those ready for employment are 129 mathematics teachers, 14 physics teachers, eight chemistry teachers, and 25 biology teachers.
Beneficiaries of the scholarship programme are bonded to serve the Jamaican education system for a period of five years.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education is encouraging secondary school principals who are facing challenges identifying mathematics and science teachers to make contact with The Mico University College and the Church Teachers’ College for support in identifying graduates who are available for employment.
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