President of the Jamaica Teachers Association, JTA, Dr. Garth Anderson, says high schools across the country could be short of specialist mathematics and science teachers come the new school year, in 3 weeks.
Dr. Anderson says school administrators are indicating that math and science teachers are moving to North America and Japan.
He’s calling on the government to incentivise teachers to remain in Jamaica.
In a statement yesterday, the Education Ministry said secondary school principals who’re facing challenges identifying Mathematics and Science teachers are encouraged to contact with The Mico University College and the Church Teachers’ College for support.
This as 176 students completed a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education under a scholarship programme initiated by the Ministry in 2015.
Students specialized in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Technical and Vocation Education.
But, Dr. Anderson says the rate at which teachers are entering the system isn’t enough to compensate for the rate at which they are leaving.