16 January 2010

Local Teachers............

Local teachers are good. They can explain better. They will take more care of students. Locals will have more talents.

I use to hear this story since I joined Hithadhoo School back in 2005 after my A' Level. Now, the noise is well loud enough that the whole society can hear it. All schools wants to get local teachers. Faculty of Education (FE) of MCHE seems to be busy training the very much demanded locals. I too happened to be under the umbrella of FE.

As someone who got a chance to study from both locals and expatriates I do agree that locals could better teach the Maldivian students. Yet, a mere could will not do the magic. The question is will it happen? Will it be as fruitful as we hope? I doubt.

Though I myself is a student of FE, it is true that there is a lot more attention given to quantity than quality. Many student teachers who are presently studying and many who already finished asks questions about the quality. This is something to be considered.

Also, a very large majority of trainee teachers are ladies. I am not saying they can not cope with the present school situations, indeed they can. However, it is true that due to our ways of life, very often ladies stay at home often after getting kids. This could lead to frequent changes in teachers which does not sound good for students.

Moreover, there is a lot of divisions in our society. These divisions, regardless of we want or not, will penetrate to our schools as well. Can a didvided team of teachers really cater for a school and bring out what the society looks forward?

At last it is also true that some though with a lot of training, fails to work even up to the level of many expatriate teachers. Moreover, some, with the skills and potential with them, don't use it.

You may ask me if this is a suicide attempt:) or whatever, but, I just have one question. Will it be OK to anyone as long as he or she is a local? Wonder how this new experiment will end.


  1. There is more to this than issue of local vs expats. There is the whole big question of unemployment in our society. There shall be a concerted effort by everyone, ie govt, media to create awareness to reverse this unemployment issue which seems to be the bigger problem here. Expats or no expats we are all humans we have humans feelings and failings. So its not uncommon that frequently when someone gets a good job say an influential one, he or she would very likely do someone back home a favour and bring him hither exerberating our unemployment problem. This happens quite a lot in tourism industry with expats. So its not that the locals are lazy and unwilling to work, they are simply squeezed out from job markets by the sheer number of eligible expats. So our politiians has to be made aware of this situation. We have to protect the vulnerable and this time its our small workforce which needs protection. Remember, India our bigger neighbor for years protected their bossinesses from foreign competition till they can compete. So we also have to give some protection for our workers be they teachers or resort workers etc..

  2. i know of a local teacher who was terminated from a well established school because she didn't work up to the standard expected.

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