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More than 1,200 teachers could leave system this year but ministry not alarmed

Education Minister Fayval Williams
 
The Ministry of Education is anticipating that it will lose about 1,250 teachers this year. 
 
However, Education Minister Fayval Williams says she is not alarmed as this turnover rate has become a yearly occurrence.
 
She was reacting to Jamaica Teachers' Association President Winston Smith's warning for the country to brace for an exodus of teachers this year as already more than 400 have left the island to take up lucrative job opportunities in the United States.
 
Speaking Friday on the Morning Agenda on Power 106, Mrs Williams said the number is not alarming and there is a strategy to replace teachers who leave.
 
Mrs Williams said every year, about five per cent of the 25,000 teachers in Jamaica leave the profession for various reasons including job offers and retirement.
 
She admitted that it "takes effort to replace teachers", especially those who specialise in science and mathematics. 
 
However, the minister insisted that the country continually trains teachers to join the industry, so "there is exiting and entry into the profession, as you would expect with any other profession". 
 


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