The Anglophone Teachers’ Association (ATA) has welcomed the recent budget hike for education, however, they have cautioned that it may not be enough.
The ATA’s President, John Smith, praised the government’s commitment to the sector but stated that more needs to be done.
“It’s a huge step forward,” Smith said, “but there are still some significant gaps that need to be addressed.”
Smith highlighted the shortage of teachers in the English-language system and the need for adequate resources to help them meet the demands of a rapidly changing curriculum.
“We need to ensure that teachers have the necessary resources to teach difficult and technical English,” he said. “That means investing in professional development and providing the necessary tools to ensure teachers are able to deliver.”
The ATA has also called for more investment in the support of students struggling with English as a second language, as well as those with learning disabilities.
“We must ensure that all students have access to a quality education, regardless of their language level or learning ability,” Smith said.
The ATA’s stance echoes the sentiments of many educators in the sector, who are concerned that the current budget is not enough to meet the demands of an increasingly diverse student population.
“We need to invest more in our education system to ensure that all students have access to the same quality of education, no matter their background,” Smith concluded.