Judging The Jamaican Teacher

In the Ministry of Education, there have been statements of plans to improve the education system, which sound excellent, but which are going to be difficult to implement.

For example, the idea of targeting ‘non-performing’ schools and teachers does sound laudable. So does the idea of performance-based pay. But when one speaks of more money for some teachers and of ‘separation’ from non-performing teachers, one is treading a dangerous path. I say this because every teacher knows how difficult it can be to truly determine which teacher is doing a better job than the other.

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