…expressed frustration over teacher shortageParents of children attending the Whim Nursery School are calling on the Education Ministry to put mechanisms in place for the school to have its full complement of teachers.The school has suffered from a shortage of teachers for more than one year and parents are saying enough is enough.The school has been without its full complement of teachers since September 2016. The headteacher has reportedly been filling in the gap for one year. The parents say they were expecting things to change as from this school year.Jeney Sookraj, who is the mother of a first-year child attending the school, told Guyana Times that there is a need for another teacher for the first-year students. “Because the head teacher can’t teach year-one and then run the school when she also has to attend meetings, and she also has her work to do so the children can’t learn nothing.”She added that the development of the children depends on how much work the teacher puts in with them. “We try at home but they need the teacher. If they can get the new teacher as from Monday it would be good.”Sookraj said before school was reopened, they were told that the Ministry would have sent a teacher to the school for the new school term. They were later told by the headteacher that the teacher was due to arrive after the first week.The school had 77 children; with 36 being in the first year, which has two classes but only one class has a permanent teacher.Another parent, Malissa Seepersaud, is also of the opinion that the school cannot function efficiently with the current shortage. According to her, the class with a permanent teacher will eventually have students that are behind in the curriculum. “The headteacher told us that the Ministry will send a teacher, but up to now, none. It is three weeks in this school year. We are urging them to have a teacher sent to the school.”Officials at the school said they could not comment on the issue for fear of victimisation. Guyana Times was informed that the Teaching Service Commission is aware of the situation.
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Both NorthEast United and Kerala Blasters will be eager to start their campaign with a win todayA humdinger of a contest is on the cards as NorthEast United FC take on Sachin Tendulkar co-owned Kerala Blasters FC in the second match of the Indian Super League(ISL) on Monday.The Ricki Herbert-coached home side will bank on the support of a fanatical home following and a potent attack to help breach the Kerala citadel, which will be guarded by a hugely competent defence.Intrigue surrounds the Kerala Blasters goalkeeping spot, as it remains to be seen whether marquee player-manager and former England goalkeeper David James will play himself, or take up managerial duties on the sidelines.The home side will reap the cohesive benefits of its youthful, albeit relatively inexperienced, Indian contingent who hail from Shillong Lajong FC.The visitors will not be disadvantaged as their Indian players have been handpicked by assistant coach Trevor Morgan from among his former East Bengal wards. All eyes will on the mercurial attacking mid-fielder Mehtab Hossain, who was Morgan’s first pick during the domestic player draft.Kerala Blasters are banking on Mehtab to unleash his destructive potential on the opposition and try to nip all NorthEast attacks in the bud in the middle of the park. This is a great chance for Mehtab to show the world why he is hailed as India’s best defensive midfielder.For the home side the match to watch out for will be Cornell Glen. The former Trinidad & Tobago World Cupper, who has past Indian experience with Shillong Lajong, is expected to front an incisive attack which has Luis Padilla, James Keene, Sergio Pardo, and Seimenlen Doungel as the support options. Expect Colin Falvey, Cedric Hengbert, Jamie McAllister and other rocks in the Kerala defence to secure their fortress with great determination.advertisementAnother NorthEast United FC who will also have his share of spotlight is Alexandros Tzarvos, Greece’s 2010 World Cup goalkeeper. His presence under the bar will lend assurance to his teammates. A clean sheet will be his great contribution to the cause.Kerala Blasters will also rely on the season Penn Orji. Morgan may rely on his trusted former hand to unlock the home defence which will be helmed by marquee player Joan Capdevila. The wily Nigerian central midfielder is quite capable of providing a few moments of magic that can create the openings and enable the likes of Michael Chopra, Iain Hume, Andrew Barisic to take full advantage.