Five teachers, who will be graduating from the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), have decided that they want to be placed at the Kato Secondary School in Region Eight (Potaro – Siparuni) to begin their teaching career.
The school will be commissioned and officially opened for the new school year, the Ministry of Education has announced.
“The five friends which call themselves OKERA, (using the first letters of their first name) are Onicia Fredericks, Kieana Greene, Eion Adams, Rebbie Singh and Astrid English. They are all English majors,” the Education Ministry revealed in a statement Thursday.
The teachers met with the Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson; Assistant Chief Education Officer (Secondary), Ms. June-Ann Gonsalves and CEO’s Technical Assistant, Ms Francesca Vieira on Wednesday.
According to the release, Ms Vieira said the selfless idea by the teachers to begin their career in Kato was birthed at a CPCE enrichment week activity where students were exposed to an orientation exercise and informed about experiences that they may have during their teaching career and the opportunities that are available through the profession.
Ms Vieira advised the teachers that since they are going into a new environment they should use the manuals that are available to seek guidance so as to address the various issues that may arise.
CEO, Mr Hutson applauded the students for their willingness to leave the comfort of their homes to travel to the interior location to educate the nation’s children.
“This selfless spirit by the five teachers received acclamation by ACEO Ms. Gonsalves who informed the teachers that they will be housed in the teachers living quarters that are built on the school grounds.
“She assured the teachers that they will be supported in every way possible by the Ministry of Education during their transition period and thereafter,” the Education Ministry stated.