Academic Expert Suggests 25-Year Feeder Programme to Solve STEM Teacher Deficiency

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Former Principal in the school District of Philadelphia, Dr. Karren Dunkley says a strategic training plan from the primary school level over a 25-year period could help to solve the attrition rate of STEM teachers in the country. 

She made the suggestion while speaking on Nationwide this morning.

There’ve been heightened conversations recently about whether or not STEM teachers should receive additional incentives following more reports that they’re leaving in large numbers.

Opposition Spokesman on Education, Reverend Ronald Thwaites says more than 120 teachers have left Jamaica since January this year to fill vacancies overseas.

Reverend Thwaites says the government should start paying specialized Mathematics and Science teachers at a higher rate, as an incentive to have them remain in Jamaica.

Dr. Dunkley says while she supports the need for STEM teachers to be incentivised, increasing their salary shouldn’t be the only option. 

Dr. Karren Dunkley, Principal in the school District of Philadelphia.

Vice Dean of the Faculty of Education & Liberal Studies at the University of  Technology, UTECH, Dr. Gareth Phillips also says the working conditions of teachers need to improve.

Dr. Gareth Phillips, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Education & Liberal Studies at the University of  Technology.

They were speaking on Nationwide this morning with Dennis Brooks and Patria-Kaye Aarons.

Meanwhile, Dr. Phillips is suggesting that through a partnership, recruiters could pay the government to train additional STEM teachers to meet their needs.

Dr. Gareth Phillips, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Education & Liberal Studies at the University of  Technology.



In 2018, Tauna won the UNICEF Media Award for Excellence in Reporting on Children’s Rights. She graduated from CARIMAC in 2015 and joined NNN in 2016. Since then, she’s covered several high-profile court cases including the X6 murder trial, the police death squad trial and is currently covering the Uchence Wilson Gang trial. Thomas is the Producer of Talking History heard on Nationwide Radio every Saturday.


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