The Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers (A&BUT) delivered a stark message during a Teachers Union Rally held on World Teachers Day 2023.
They issued a warning about the escalating global trend of teachers leaving their positions and how it could potentially lead to a crisis in Antigua’s education system.
Under the theme “The Teachers We Need for the Education We Want: The Global Imperative to Address the Teacher Shortage,” educators and union leaders highlighted concerns like inadequate classroom resources, insufficient compensation, the necessity for professional development opportunities, and security issues in schools.
The Union’s General Secretary, Sharon Kelsick, stressed the urgency of tackling the chronic teacher shortage and the threat posed by global teacher migration.
1st Vice President Robyn Joseph Nathaniel also cited statistics from the United States, emphasizing the gravity of the situation.
The Union called for proactive measures to protect the teaching profession and encouraged members to persevere despite the challenges.