The education system in Jamaica is facing a crisis just ahead of the start of the new school year.
Reports are that many of the island’s schools are grappling with an acute shortage of staff as a large number of teachers have resigned to take up teaching opportunities overseas.
Former president of the Association of Principals and Vice Principals, Linton Weir, has disclosed that based on the level of resignations, his school, Old Harbour High, is short by more than 10 teachers with under a week before doors open.
He said teachers have resigned to take up work in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East.
“This is a major problem for school administrators who have to now seek replacements in a very short space of time. Many of the resignations were sudden and they have come from critical areas such as the STEM subjects, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” Mr. Weir lamented.