President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Garth Anderson says a qualified teacher means more than paper qualifications.
Dr Anderson expressed those sentiments in his message marking World Teachers Day. Friday October 5. The theme for this year is ‘The Right to Education means the Right to a Qualified Teacher.’
The JTA President said: “A qualified teacher as noted in the theme for this year, is not limited to our paper qualification, as important as that is, but must be seen on a broader scale to include the passion, sense of care and feel of community, positive values, attitudes and the nurturing spirit that the teacher must radiate.”
He said one of the hallmarks of professionalism is not to settle for mediocre performance. He said teachers “continue to do more than simply teach students but rather engage their creative talents so that undoubtedly, they will become critical thinkers who will be revered as globally competitive citizens.”
He said: “On this your day, may you continue to be inspired to serve so that at the end of your teaching careers, so great should be your contribution to the youth of this nation have been, that the hosts of heaven and earth will say, “Here lived a great teacher who did his/her job well!”
By Franklin McKnight