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NPTA supports call for more male teachers

NEWS GRAPHIC 6A call for mechanisms to be put in place to hire more male teachers for the school system, has been made by the President of the National Parent Teachers’ Association (NPTA) Zena Ramatali.

She claimed that for years her group has made the call in vain.

Her comments came a day after President Anthony Carmona lamented the fact that more male teachers needed to be hired to address the 72 to 28 female to male teaching ratio imbalance.

Ramatali claimed that many female teachers could not teach boys how to be men because some female teachers could not understand the brain development of boys.

The NPTA recently met with the Ministry of Education to address this issue.

Antonia De Freitas, first vice president of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA), also agreed with the drive to hire more male teachers.

De Freitas said 15 to 20 years ago men did not become teachers because of the low salary teachers receive.

However, she said that theory was outdated as wages for teachers have increased.

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