Teachers at the nursery through secondary levels are in agreement with the recent requirement by the Ministry of Education, that all untrained teachers be trained through the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE).
DPI on Wednesday, spoke to several teachers who noted that college training is important for the delivery of quality education.
Hardi Ramsaroop, a trained teacher for the past 20 years assigned at the Turkeyen Nursery School said, “I think it is a good initiative by the minister because going to college helps you to guide the children in the right direction, use different teaching strategies, deliver the curriculum in a more effective way.
“It will impact the students because they will have a child friendly classroom when they come to school, and that will motivate them. A trained teacher will be able to assist the slow learner, and while she is doing that, she can manage her classroom and everybody can be at the same pace, so being a trained teacher is very important.”
Stella Maris Primary School teacher, Renee Perry-Clarke, a trained educator for the past 21 years noted that training helps teachers to be more competent, and harness skills that can only be acquired through college training.
She lauded the move by the ministry as a step in the right direction, as it will benefit both teachers and students.
“I find the trained teachers are more impactful because they would have been garnered what skills that they need to deal with children at all levels whether it be socially, academically… at the college they are trained in all spheres of education. They have what it takes to take on the challenge of moulding the nation’s children, preparing them to the best of their ability.”