Two billion to be invested in teacher training
SD. The Ministry of Education (Minerd) will invest this year RD$2.333 billion in the training and preparation of the teachers at all levels of the national educational system. This announcement was made yesterday by the head of the ministry, Carlos Amarante Baret.
As he addressed the press conference carried out in his office at the Minerd headquarters, the official said that the preparation of the teachers is one of the indispensable requirements for achieving a quality education.
Amarante Baret noted that in-service training will benefit 20,495 teachers and will cost RD$1.39 billion, while in the teacher certification area they will invest RD$70 million which will benefit 3,500 teachers.
In a like manner, in the formation and certification of school administrators, they will invest RD$100 million and in professional and masters courses they expect to have 2,837 teachers with an investment of RD$642 million.
He pointed out in addition that in the programs for teacher training, the Superior Institute for Teacher Training Salome Urena (Isfodosu), which is a part of the Ministry of Education, will this year invest RD$100 million in the School Directors Program; RD$693 million in Degree, Post-Graduate and Diplomas and in institutional development, the Institute will make use of RD$144 million.
“With this investment we are taking another step in the training and preparation of the men and women teachers in the Dominican Republic, preparing them to be in a position to provide a quality education which will take the country out of the stagnation in which it finds itself in issues relating to education,” Amarante Baret reported.
He cited the fact that another institution which will play an important role in the training and preparation of the teachers will be the National Institute for Teacher Training, also is part of the ministry and which has prepared an executive report on the programs of teacher training and preparation.
The high school graduates that study Education will be selected among those with the highest academic average, through a rigorous process, which includes passing the POMA exam (The Test of Measurement and Academic Guidance) required by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.
The Minister of Education pointed out that traditionally the investment in teacher training has been very low, especially between 1971 and 1991, and “although later there was an increase in this spending, it did not produce the necessary levels.”
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