Kurupukari Primary without Teachers since term started -Parents blame Ministry

Parents of a Hinterland school are calling in the Ministry of  Education to provide their school with teachers to teach their children. The Kurupukari Primary School located in Region 9, Upper Takutu – Upper Essequibo, has been without teachers since the start of the new school term.

One parent, Stephanie Frederick, in a Facebook post yesterday stated “This is coming from a concerned parent of Kurupukari Primary School. It’s a new school term and I am not satisfied with the situation at this school. I want to know who is responsible for our school not getting teachers, she asked.

Stephanie further stated, “This has been the situation for a very long time. Can it be fixed? Does the Minister of Education (Priya Manickchand) or the Regional Education Officer and field officers know about this? I am calling on the relevant authorities to look into this.”

Another parent commented, “This is the sad reality. I don’t think we can continue to accept this in the village. Something needs to be done.” Eleanor Dorrick a resident of the area also shared her experience with shortage of teachers in the Region. She stated, “This is so sad. I pass tru the same situation without trs for years but today I have teachers for most of the classes. Am so happy.”

Dorrick said, “To get teachers will not happen easily. I had to look for ppl to apply, get them to apply, recommend them, take in their applications, following up with my officers if the application went to TSC (Teaching Services Commission), communicating with Region 9 Clerk at TSC to find out if they are appointed etc. and today, I have 4 new teachers started from May. Is HM not there? If there are ppl in the village who are interested in teaching…get them to apply. This is sad situation at Kurupukari Primary.”

Our publication Credible Sources has received many reports of teacher shortages in other Hinterland and Coastal Schools since September schools reopened.

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