Barbadians seeking to enter the teaching service face long odds of finding employment as teachers.
Minister of Education Ronald Jones has told prospective teachers that their chances of finding employment at the moment was just two per cent, according to the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS).
However, Jones told the recent closing ceremony of the Teacher’s Introductory Programme at the Erdiston Teachers’ Training College’s Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programme that their odds would improve significantly if they complete the full-time programme, the BGIs said in a release Wednesday.
“For those of you who will not get into teaching this year . . . sign up if you have not already signed up to do the B. Ed. full-time . . . and your chances will move from two per cent by the conclusion of this programme, to 100 per cent in four years,” it quoted the minister as saying.
According to the BGIS release, the 75 graduates were further told that the programme was not just important but essential if they were going to find work as teachers within the coming year and that Jones stressed that until they completed the programme, “their chances were sure to stay at two per cent”.
Erdiston’s new B.Ed., which is scheduled to commence next month, is aimed primarily at persons interested in teaching at the primary level. While it targets all persons desirous of pursuing a teaching career, there is a particular emphasis on school leavers.