Persons who are interested in becoming educators should be made to meet a higher standard before being allowed to do so.
According to regional online news media, iNews Guyana, Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley made that comment while delivering remarks at a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) consultation exercise in Guyana last week.
“We cannot expect students who are not properly learned to properly teach, so it is imperative to set a high threshold for those seeking to enter the profession; as is the case with law and medicine,” Dr Wheatley reportedly said at the event geared at reviewing existing teaching standards in the region.
“If one would not want a C student operating on their body, one should not tolerate a C student operating on the young minds of the nation,” Dr Wheatley added.
The Guyanese news media reported that Dr Wheatley said persons interested in pursuing the profession should be made to possess a diversified skillset.
This skillset, he said, should include the ability to educate with the use of technology.
“Teachers must be equipped to teach students who are not only visual learners but who learn through doing, who are tactile and auditory. Teachers must learn to use technology to enhance the learning experience. Teachers must be trained in identifying students who have learning disabilities and recommend them for support services as necessary,” said the minister who is a scholar and former educator.
The CARICOM education meeting consisted of an estimated 100 participants, including education officials in the region, teachers, representatives from teacher organisations, academics, parent-teacher association representatives, pre-service educators, teacher trainees, among other education stakeholders.
According to CARICOM, the event was held on July 17 and was facilitated through a partnership with the CARICOM Secretariat, UNESCO and others.
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