Let's honour the undeniable dedication of our teachers this Teachers' Day
I welcome this opportunity to join all Jamaicans in recognising the sterling service that our nation's teachers have rendered to the growth and development of our society. This special day presents a favourable occasion to continue to express our appreciation and respect for the undeniable dedication and devotion of our teachers to excellence in imparting knowledge to the nation's children.
Today, more than ever, teachers are called on to create an inspired future for every child, to be lifelong learners, with ingenuity, creativity, critical thinking, and good citizenship skills.
I think of early childhood practitioners who are earning less than their worth; the young graduates I met last week working in dark, hot, makeshift classrooms behind the workshop at Porus High, or the ones who in crisis at Penwood High last year stepped forward for training as social workers to better cope with the demands of the job; or the long-serving staff at Bethabara Primary and Junior High who I met recently. Let us salute the teachers who are embracing voluntary redeployment to serve more effectively; those who offer individualised and differentiated instruction suited to their students' special needs, thus adding value, rather than sticking slavishly to the curriculum.
Let us together contribute to securing our future and that of the nation by making the investment of time, talent and resources in education, today. I wish for all our teachers and their students, as well as educational institutions and organisations, a productive and meaningful day.
Happy Teachers' Day! May God keep you in his grace always and strengthen and bless you as you pursue your mission to shape and enrich the lives of others.
Rev Ronald Thwaites is the Minister of Education