Cuban University Students to Take on Teaching Duties

Camagüey, May 14 .- The Federation of University Students (FEU) is encouraging its members today to join teaching duties in elementary, secondary and technological schools in order to cover the shortfall of teachers, a move that will contribute to their rounded education as future university graduates.

So, all college students with high academic performance in Cuba (third year students or older) are being summoned to be hired by the Ministry of Education to work as teachers when necessary.

FEU Chairman Yosvany Montano told that they will be primarily hired in secondary schools, and in technological institutions. Apart from being paid for the work they will do, these university students will receive training on teaching methods and other subjects.

For her part, Mercedes Escudero Olazábal, representative of the Ministry of Education in Camagüey province, said that this program is already underway in this province and it has been applauded by both the schoolchildren and their parents.

According to Alba Rosa Hernández, official of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, the provinces with the worst situation regarding the poorest number of teachers employed are Havana, Matanzas, Villa Clara, Ciego de Avila and Camagüey.

A contingent of teachers which bears the name of Leonela Relyz Díaz -Camaguey-born teacher and author of the Yo Si Puedo literacy method- was already founded in this province, which has historically been in short supply of teachers. This group is comprised of 80 young people. (AIN/Radio Cadena Agramonte).

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