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  • Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is calling on schools to dedicate more time to teaching and learning.
  • He noted that nationally, only 61 per cent of classroom time is devoted to teaching, which is lower than the global figure of 85 per cent.
  • The Minister, who was addressing Glenmuir High School’s annual academic conference held on September 1, on the school grounds in May Pen, said he recognises that teachers often have to deal with non-academic issues, which reduces the time spent on classroom lessons.

Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is calling on schools to dedicate more time to teaching and learning.

He noted that nationally, only 61 per cent of classroom time is devoted to teaching, which is lower than the global figure of 85 per cent.

The Minister, who was addressing Glenmuir High School’s annual academic conference held on September 1, on the school grounds in May Pen, said he recognises that teachers often have to deal with non-academic issues, which reduces the time spent on classroom lessons.

“I know the challenge of many parents who bring (their children) to school at the start of the academic year, but…you don’t see them regularly, if at all, afterwards. (Consequently) the amount of time which should be devoted to teaching and learning, unfortunately, has to be spent doing other things,” he said.

He is encouraging schools to work with parents in order to address challenges that are affecting instruction time.

Rev. Thwaites noted that efforts to increase the national teaching time requires a “strong ethic” of discipline and understanding that the society’s youth will be at a disadvantage, if they are not afforded a sound education.

“These are vital lessons that we…have to take to heart, if we wish to do better… (and therefore) we have to use more of our time for…teaching and learning, which are critical,” he stressed.