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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Chronic Lack of Trained School Teachers Challenges Education for All Goal

The education system in many countries, the Philippines included, is facing a major problem that’s bigger than the shortage of teachers.  It is the chronic lack of trained teachers.
In a policy paper that will be published tomorrow to mark World Teachers’ Day (WTD) 2014, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) showed that “chronic lack of trained teachers” remains a challenge in achieving the Education For All (EFA) goals. “Without action, it will be impossible to get all children into school by 2030.”
UNESCO said that in the rush to fill the “chronic, global shortage of teachers,” many countries – including the Philippines – are “sacrificing standards and undermining progress by hiring people with little or no training.”
The new policy paper is prepared by UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the EFA Global Monitoring Report (GMR).  It pointed out that “at least 93 countries have an acute teacher shortage.” Thus, there is a “need to recruit some four million teachers to achieve universal primary education by 2015.”
Pressured to fill gaps, UNESCO said many countries are recruiting teachers “who lack the most basic training.” In one-third of countries with data, the study also showed that “fewer than 75 percent of primary school teachers were trained according to national standards in 2012.”
According to UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, “a quality universal primary education will remain a distant dream for millions of children living in countries without enough trained teachers in classrooms.” She added that teachers are the core of any “education system” and “hiring and training new and already established teachers is fundamental to protecting children’s ability to learn in school.”
If the deadline of the EFA goal is extended to 2030, there is a need to hire “more than 27 million teachers,” and 24 million of them will be required to “compensate for natural attrition.”  However, at present rates, 28 (or 30 percent) of these 93 countries are found incapable of meeting these needs, UNESCO said.
Kate Redman, UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report Communications and Advocacy Specialist, told the Manila Bulletin that the Philippines is among the countries that lack trained teachers. 

“In the Philippines, like in many other countries of the region, the lack of trained teachers, especially in critical early grades and in disadvantaged areas remains a problem,” Redman said.
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