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    Tuesday, July 25, 2017-8:35:41A.M.

     

     

     

     

     

PSS resorts to online courses due to lack of teachers

DUE to lack of teachers, the Public School System has been offering online courses to teach students physics, science, math, geometry and chemistry, Education Commissioner Cynthia Deleon Guerrero told senators during a budget hearing last week.

Cynthia Deleon Guerrero
Sen. Paul A. Manglona told her that on Rota, there is a lack of qualified teachers, and by qualified he means someone who has a degree in the subjects he or she teaches.

He said it is a major concern to learn that teachers who don’t know anything about math, chemistry, physics, biology and science are teaching these subjects to students.

“The issue is that we don’t have qualified teachers in certain courses or subjects,” the senator said in an interview.

The education commissioner said they are trying to address this problem by offering these subjects online so the students can catch up.

“The students can register online and study for one hour,” she added. “It is similar to our regular classroom teaching. While we are continuing with our efforts to recruit teachers, this is our alternative to make sure the students are not deprived of their right to learn. For example, we need to have four teachers in math, but we only have three so we offer the subject online so the students can learn while we are still recruiting and trying to fill that vacancy.”

Deleon Guerrero said they want to hire more teachers because they want to expand their curriculum.

She said it’s really hard to recruit teachers nowadays because not a lot of students are pursuing education anymore. Salary is also an issue, she added. The salaries of PSS teachers are not that attractive or competitive, she said.

PSS currently offers a starting annual salary of $30,976 which the school system wants to increase to $33,000.