Teachers need more than incentives
#TurksandCaicos, March 15, 2023 – As the debate about teacher retention continues Curriculum Development Officer Elsiann Delancy says the solution may be simpler than mountains of incentives. Speaking as part of a March 7 expert panel on Teacher Retention in the Turks and Caicos Delancy admitted that while incentives do make work sweeter, research and her own experience had proved that there was more to it.
“There are three (3) factors that really speak to teacher retention: Individual factors, work factors–” she continued “and what I think is the most important: socio organizational structure.”
Delancy explained that individual factors covered how the teacher was functioning on a personal level, whether they were burnt out or stressed; struggling with personal issues that could render them unable or unwilling to continue in the profession.
For work factors which can be influenced by the government include whether or not student to teacher ratios are manageable, teachers stress levels in the classroom. The state of the school and whether it was conducive to learning was another issue she quoted along with the availability of learning resources.
The Organizational structure of schools which the curriculum officer says is among the most critical of concerns, whether or not teachers are satisfied with the structure and whether the work environment is one that supports teachers’ free expression and creates an aura of ease.
“It’s also looking at the leadership of the school and whether the teacher has some kind of autonomy,” she said.
Delancy referenced a recent study which she said supported her arguments.
“It looked at teacher retention in the US, Bahamas and Jamaica and what they found was incentives played only 13 percent but the overarching factor for teacher and job satisfaction and retention spoke to whether the teacher was satisfied within the position and whether they had any kind of autonomy and control over what they taught.”
She encouraged the government to try to come up with different strategies to meet these fundamental needs before adding more incentives.
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
JAMAICA: 12,362 Seniors Registered Under New Social Pension Programme
#Kingston, March 28, 2023 – There are currently 12,362 seniors registered under the Government’s new Social Pension Programme.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, made the disclosure during the sitting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House on March 2, at Gordon House.
The initiative targets all Jamaican citizens 75 years and older who are not currently in receipt of a pension (overseas or local) or any other retirement, old-age or disability benefit or regular income, and are not living in a government institutionalised care facility.
“We are evaluating the manner in which we qualify persons to go on the programme. This is a discussion we will have to have, as some people fall through the cracks simply because they might have a refrigerator, or they might be lucky enough to have a television at home,” Mr. Samuda said.
“The direction in which we are heading, to have those things, does not move you from poverty to prosperity. So, the Government has an obligation to do everything possible to improve their quality of life, and so we will be looking at that,” the Minister added.
Mr. Samuda said between March 2022 and January 2023, the programme disbursed $446 million.
To register for the social pension programme, persons may visit any of the Ministry’s parish offices islandwide.
They will be required to complete a social pension application form, accompanied by their Tax Registration Number (TRN), National Insurance Scheme (NIS) card, and proof of age in the form of a birth certificate or a valid passport.
They should also take along a valid identification (ID), such as a driver’s licence, passport or voter’s ID, proof of bank account and any other document that may be required to process the application, for example, proof of citizenship.
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