Teachers should have to pay for their training
Stabroek News
January 25, 2002

Dear Editor,

The recruitment of Guyanese teachers by the Americans is another display of 'might is right.'

I find the statement by a member of the American recruitment team to the effect that West Indians should try to qualify themselves to meet job demands abroad barefaced. Are we then training our people merely to fill their vacancies? It was also mentioned by a member of that recruitment team that this exercise will make our teachers "super teachers". How laughable is this statement! They do not need to take our teachers beyond these shores to make them super teachers, given the state of present day communication technology.

To address the current situation I think that :

1. Teachers must pay for all their training so that if they migrate, Guyana would not have lost the money spent on training them. However, those who cannot afford to pay for their training should enter into a contractual agreement with the state.

2.The government must give more incentives to retain our trained people .

3. There must be a revival of patriotic feelings for our poor Guyana. It may be better to have a little less financially speaking and enjoy the feelings of being a first class Guyanese than to have a bit more financially but be treated as a second class in an adopted country. Many Guyanese and Asians had this experience in the aftermath of the September 11 attack .

Yours faithfully,

K. Sankar

Editor's note

Teachers do not pay to attend the Cyril Potter College of Education. On graduation they are required to enter into a contractual arrangement of between 3-5 years depending on whether they were In-service or Pre-service trainees. If they breach the contract they are required to repay the cost of their training.