80,000 Dominican teachers ‘poorly trained’
Santo Domingo.- The rector of the Open University for Adults, UAPA, Dr. Ángel Hernández, says that 80,000 teachers in the Dominican Republic are ‘poorly trained’ and that this is the main reason why the country’s education ranking is one of the lowest in Latin America.
“If we don’t have well-trained teachers, it’s impossible to have good students,” stressed the UAPA rector, during a television interview.
Dr. Hernández called on the higher education institutions to train specialized teachers.
The UAPA rector deplored that the main topic of debate in the country was the high cost of textbooks, saying there are other issues that are much more important. “The problem is not that a book is expensive, but the fact that the book being used for teaching Dominican children is out of date and without any regulation, every school chooses the one it likes the look of best and that’s where the price difference is reflected,” he said.
He declared that education in the country should be assessed on results and that it is impossible to see good results when the national educational curriculum has not been updated since 1995. Hernández concluded by saying that taking into consideration that we are in the era of educational democracy, which demands higher quality and competitiveness, the curriculum’s reformulation should be imminent.
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