Although female teachers in both primary and secondary schools in Barbados out number male teachers almost 70 per cent to 30 per cent, Minister of Education Ronald Jones is not worried.
He was speaking with teachers this morning at the opening of the first ever two-week special education workshop at the Deighton Griffith Secondary in Christ Church. Of the more than 80 participants present they were only five males.
Jones said that while the absence of male teachers within the school system was a concern in recent times he had seen an increase in men applying to teach. Of those accepted, he said, they were doing very well and as a result there was no need for concern.
“That is not the complaint; the object is for quality education for all of the children even though males are important as well within the school system.†We can’t discriminate, we can’t put a freeze on the adding of females… That is against the principals of equity that we try to promote within our democracy”.
The minister however added that he was hoping this year when more teachers were included into the system they would be a balance of the males to females.
The education minister, on behalf of the Government of Barbados, also took time to thank all the unions “for not pressurising the state in relation to an increase in salaries”.
“Teachers, like all public servants in Barbados, have not had a salary increase since 2010, the last increase was in 2009. Increments are being given to those who are not yet at the maximum of the scale but any pressure whatsoever in relation to rise in salaries would have a very detrimental effect on the fiscal policy of Barbados and possible would have an impact on your salaries.
“I am thankful for the support of the union in that particular effort, it takes two hands to clap,” he said. (KC)