MP Maureen Philadelphia apologises for false claims on teacher training

APNU/AFC Member of Parliament Ms. Maureen Philadelphia has retracted a statement she had made in regard to teachers, and has issued an apology therefor on Thursday in the National Assembly. Her statement, issued in January, had asserted that teachers who had dropped out of training college and those who hadn’t received grades were still graduating and teaching in schools.
Despite facing pressure in the National Assembly to substantiate her claim, and having a five-month window to do so, she had failed to produce any evidence in this regard. This morning, Philadelphia withdrew her statement and apologized for having made same.
Two other APNU-AFC Members of Parliament, Ms. Cathy Hughes and Ms. Juretha Fernandes, have also withdrawn statements made and apologised to the House for making wholly untrue claims regarding the education sector.
The Ministry of Education has achieved a historic milestone with 99 per cent of teachers being trained or are in training. This is in keeping with the MoE’s Education Sector Plan to have 100 per cent trained teachers in the classroom.
This achievement has also facilitated a significant decrease in the teacher-to-student ratio in classrooms, and is expected to produce a higher quality of education across levels.