Minister for Education and Human Resource Development Honourable Petter Saint Jean has commended the island’s teachers for their contribution to national development.
Honourable Saint Jean was addressing a ceremony at the North East Comprehensive Secondary School last Friday to observe World Teachers Day under the theme “Young Teachers-The Future of the Profession”.
The Minister stated that the teachers are widely responsible for the development of the country’s youth into well rounded citizens, who can assist in the development of the country.
“Anybody who has worked as a teacher or a school administrator knows and understands that the role of a teacher is not limited merely to imparting knowledge to students. Teachers have always served as a source of knowledge, a source of strength and inspiration for students. In fact you motivate, inspire and journey alongside students to help them realize their dreams and their goals and fulfil those dreams. This I believe is the most important professional function within our society. A teacher’s place is indispensable in moulding of citizens who can make invaluable contributions to their country’s development,” Minister Saint Jean stated.
The Education Minister encouraged teachers to take their responsibilities seriously particularly now in an ever changing global environment.
“Every day you have the opportunity to shape your students’ character, to develop and affect a positive perception of themselves, and to influence the direction that their lives will take, this is no small task. It is both a privilege and a responsibility and you must discharge it to the best of your ability. This responsibility now takes on even greater significance. The word is changing rapidly and both of our students and teachers will inevitably take on more prominent roles,” he noted.
Meantime, in keeping with the theme “Young Teachers, The Future of the Profession”, the Honourable Saint Jean announced that Government continues to take action geared at the advancement of the island’s teachers.
“At the start of the school year we took a deliberate decision to ensure that all untrained teachers were mandated to begin teacher certification at the Dominica State College. This of course falls under the Government’s policy of free tuition at the State College. While this is largely about ensuring that we provide quality teaching and learning in the Dominican classroom, it is also empowering you, the young teachers, who we expect will eventually lead our schools and the education system,” he went on to say.
He then encourage the teachers to take advantage of the opportunities that the Government of Dominica has afforded to them.
“I urge all of you therefore, who are part of this program to take full advantage of the opportunity to take personal and professional advancement,” Minister Saint Jean further added.