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As the country observes World Teachers’ Day, Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, has lauded teachers island wide for their outstanding work in educating the nation’s children.
The Minister was speaking on (Oct. 5) at the Penwood High School in Kingston 11, where he delivered his World Teachers’ Day message during the institution’s devotional exercise.
“Today we join the rest of the world in recognizing the significant world wide efforts to raise the appreciation of teachers’ critical contribution to our nation’s future in moulding the lives of our children,” Mr. Holness said.
He added that the Ministry is “humbled to work with those who form our future.”
In addition, Mr. Holness noted that the Ministry continues to support the professional development of teachers through programmes and initiatives such as the teachers registration programme, the teachers revolving loan fund, the teachers 50 per cent tuition refund, and a motor vehicle loan programme.
“These programmes ensure that our teacher’s qualifications meet international standards and that they can achieve their personal development goals. Our nation is committed to creating adequate teaching learning resources, a safe school environment and elevating the teaching profession,” Mr. Holness said.
He however noted that “these can only be achieved through partnerships with key stakeholders such as the parents and the community.”
In the meantime, Mr. Holness informed teachers at Penwood High that he was aware of the various problems facing the teachers there, such as the physical environment, but there was a willingness on his part to deal with the various issues.
“I (will) use my resources available to me to help you to solve those problems. I know that these particular problems that you have had, certainly impacted the students and it is unfair that the students ought to loose your full support and attention because of such industrial relation problems,” he said.
“My job is to ensure that you as the teachers can give your full effort to the students. So anything that distract you from your work, anything that prevents you from giving your 100 per cent to the students, if it is in my powers to remove it, then I will remove it,” Mr. Holness added.
World Teachers’ Day is held annually on October 5 since 1994, commemorates teachers’ organisations worldwide. It aims to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

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