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Principal Joseph Wallace (left) and teacher Annette Vaughn (right) from Sir John A Cumber Primary School watch as the Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP signs the new teachers standards.

Published 12th January 2012, 5:10pm

Teachers have the greatest impact on students’ learning and performance, and now, to ensure consistency and promote excellence throughout the government school system, there are national professional standards for teachers.

On Friday, 16 December 2011, Minister of Education, Training and Employment the Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP handed over the Cayman Islands National Professional Standards for Teachers that were created for government school teachers throughout the islands. The introduction of this document sets a milestone in further developing educational standards for the Cayman Islands.

The standards for teachers define the professionalism, attributes and skills that are expected from educators in our communities. Since Cayman has a multicultural set of teachers from around the world, it is important that each teacher has a clear understanding of the system’s expectations.

The Hon. Rolston Anglin presented the document to teacher representatives stating, “I want to express my gratitude and thanks to all of the teachers and consultative boards for making these standards a reality. When the national standards development came under construction, our hope was that it would become a key feature in the education system, and we would like teachers and educators to see it as a critical piece in their everyday work.”

Upon receiving the new teaching standards, Ms Lyneth Monteith, principal of John Gray High School, stated, “Over the years we have had some verbal standards; however, with the development of the new standards in black and white, it makes it easier for teachers to know where they stand and where they can go throughout the education system.”

Praising their development, Mr. Joseph Wallace, principal of the Sir John A Cumber Primary School, said, “The new standards are integral in terms of setting guidelines. We have teachers that come from different areas, and it will be good to provide them with a set of guidelines and expectations for teaching in the Cayman Islands.”