Stressed teachers seeking help

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Teachers are reaching out to the Ministry of Education for help coping with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as navigating the rigours of online learning.

That was revealed by senior psychologist in the Student Services Department at the ministry, Juanita Brathwaite-Wharton, on yesterday’s Brass Tacks Sunday call-in programme on Starcom Network’s VOB 92.9FM.

“In this last year we have had a number of teachers who have expressed significant concern and who have reached out to the ministry because they’re having, in particular, psychosocial and mental health challenges trying to grapple with all the dimensions of the pandemic just like everyone else. As you would imagine, it has to be extremely difficult trying to manage your home, your own children, as well as teach in the online environment,” she said.

Brathwaite-Wharton said the support available to teachers was the same as for all public sector workers under the Employment Assistance Programme through Network Services. They also had to expand their Psychological Assistance Programme. (RA)

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