Prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves has announced that an additional 40 relief teaching positions will be filled this week to buttress the overall teaching capacity.
According to a release from the Agency for Public Information (API), Gonsalves said due to the late departure of some teachers on pre-retirement leave, as well as study leave granted to another 25 teachers, there is a void within the system that must be filled.
“There were budgeted number of relief teachers and, indeed, there were numbers budgeted above what was anticipated at the time …. but 25 teachers granted study leave pretty late clearly creates a void and we have to fill those,” the prime minister explained on NBC Radio on Wednesday.
He indicated that the formal instruments are being put in place to have these positions filled before the end of the week.