A call for applications for the vacancy of ‘Primary Education Teacher (General)’ by the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) which was posted on Facebook two days ago has instigated a heated discussion on social media… mainly by those already working in the teaching profession.
Many educators are wondering how come the vacancy was advertised only a few days before the scholastic year starts.
What does it mean when these vacancies are advertised only a week before school starts? What does it mean when, if one clicks on the page to apply, one finds vacancies for teachers at every subject and every level? What happens if the posts are not filled? What does it mean to be a teacher in this time of confusion, or – as it is being called – ‘time of development’?
In the meantime, on Thursday afternoon, the Ministry posted on Facebook once again, this time inviting applications for the posts of secondary / post-secondary teachers for the following subjects: chemistry, design and technology, English, German, music, physical education and physics.
Applications for all the posts (including the primary school one) are open until noon on Monday, 1st October 2018… which is after most schools open their doors for the first day of school.
Meanwhile, another Facebook post (written by a man) lamented the fact that, in this day and age, the advert featured a female, not a male, teacher.