Parents Concerned About Teacher Shortage At West Ruimveldt Primary
The shortage of teachers from the West Ruimveldt Primary School is now a major concern to some parents. Their children are left unattended and in some cases are forced to join another classroom that is already crowded.
All of the grades from one to six are affected except grades two and four by the shortfall in the teaching complement. Teachers are no longer there for various reasons including medical or annual leave, resignations or relocations.
Several parents said they just can’t understand why efforts are not being made to have the teachers replaced since the children are too young to be left unattended.
Parents also expressed concern over the school’s present condition as it relates to the surroundings and toilet facilities. They believe these conditions pose a threat to their children’s health.
And the school’s Parent Teacher’s Association president, Eric Benjamin said the children are the ones who are being affected and is calling on the relevant authorities to address the problem.
Head teacher of the school during an off camera comment said she is in no position to speak with the media on the matter but assures this newscast that efforts were made to have the current situation resolved and the school is awaiting the arrival of replacement teachers.
West Ruimveldt Primary School has over 1000 pupils and some 37 teachers and is one of the country’s leading primary school and was recently awarded the most Improved Primary School at this year’s National Awards Ceremony.