“Why are parents so upset and concerned about school work during that period?! They do not want to admit it, but they have had enough of their own angels!
“And you know if there was school and no Covid-19, I bet you almost all of these same parents would not have done any revision work with their kids anyhow and left the burden on the teachers’ shoulders…”
The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by an anonymous teacher and claims to represent the view of teachers, as the Ministry of Education attempts to adjust its method of teaching during the Covid-19 crisis:
On the 13th March after 3pm, teachers were informed via the media that schools were closed. How on earth were we to plan for a closure we didn’t know was going to happen?!
From the 16th to the 20th March was supposed to be revision week, from the 23rd to the 27th March was supposed to be testing week, from the 31st March to the 3rd April was reporting, SEA preparation and SEA Examination, which meant the general population of a primary school would have been absent anyway!
Why are parents so upset and concerned about school work during that period?! They do not want to admit it, but they have had enough of their own angels! And you know if there was school and no Covid-19, I bet you almost all of these same parents would not have done any revision work with their kids anyhow and left the burden on the teachers’ shoulders!
Plain talk… They can’t handle them for 24 hours, even in this emergency!
Now from the 6th April to the 20th April, teachers are officially on Easter vacation—I don’t want to hear anything about school and teaching!
We will discuss this on the 20th April. Furthermore the Ministry is the one being combative, as it didn’t provide its employees with resources in the first place during this period and are asking us to be accountable and to use our own personal resources to teach in a virtual world.[Education Minister Anthony Garcia] is doing a survey to find our which students do not have resources to access learning. Has he done a survey to determine which teachers do not have the resources to deliver work to kids? No no no!
He hasn’t provided us with any, so why hold us accountable? There are teachers who do not own a personal computer or have internet service. What? All yuh so naive to think that the government gives teachers free resources?!
For years, we have been asking for a resource allowance and have been refused. Teaching is the only profession in which employees use their own money/salary to buy/provide resources for kids. But neither a parent nor the minister recognises this!
Parents and the Ministry are being too unfair in demanding this from us in this time! During this time, it is the Ministry of Education’s responsibility to provide services to the nation’s children.
So parents, hold them accountable—not us teachers!