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Qudsaya Residents Rail against Teacher Shortage, Substitution of UNRWA Staff

Published : 06-09-2018

Qudsaya Residents Rail against Teacher Shortage, Substitution of UNRWA Staff

Families of Palestinian students sheltered in Qudsaya town, in Rif Dimashq, spoke out against the shortage in teaching staff and the continuous replacement of instructors at educational facilities run by UNRWA.

In a letter emailed to AGPS, a student’s mother said: “I am from Yarmouk Camp but I am currently taking refuge in Qudsaya. Today I went to my son’s school but I was told that the teacher is leaving for Europe in a couple of months over wage concerns.”

“Over recent years, we have suffered from a severe shortage in teaching staff, which has wrought severe impacts on our children’s academic output. Every couple of months or so a teacher is replaced by another. It seems as if our children were Laboratory mice,” she added.

“We call on the directors of education and of the refugee agency to immediately step in and work on recruiting permanent tutors that should neither be laid off nor substituted until the end of the school year”, the mother stated.

A student’s father also expressed seething anger over the decline in the students’ academic performance and skill-development at UNRWA schools due to the absence of qualified instructors.

The father denounced the propagation of private tutoring among UNRWA staff members, which he said has added fuel to fire.

The devastating impact of the war in Syria has diminished the academic achievement of students in UN-run schools as educational facilities had come under heavy shelling by the Syrian and Russian forces. Several schools have gone out of operation as a result.

In 2015, 75% of persons in Syria had access to education, down from 95% prior to the outbreak of the warfare.

UNRWA figures have shown that 70% of all the Agency’s schools in Syria have gone inoperative. This is due to school buildings being destroyed, damaged, rendered inaccessible by fighting, or because they have been turned into shelters housing the displaced.

65,479 Palestinian schoolchildren have received academic courses at 118 UNRWA schools operating on a two-shift basis.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/7658

Families of Palestinian students sheltered in Qudsaya town, in Rif Dimashq, spoke out against the shortage in teaching staff and the continuous replacement of instructors at educational facilities run by UNRWA.

In a letter emailed to AGPS, a student’s mother said: “I am from Yarmouk Camp but I am currently taking refuge in Qudsaya. Today I went to my son’s school but I was told that the teacher is leaving for Europe in a couple of months over wage concerns.”

“Over recent years, we have suffered from a severe shortage in teaching staff, which has wrought severe impacts on our children’s academic output. Every couple of months or so a teacher is replaced by another. It seems as if our children were Laboratory mice,” she added.

“We call on the directors of education and of the refugee agency to immediately step in and work on recruiting permanent tutors that should neither be laid off nor substituted until the end of the school year”, the mother stated.

A student’s father also expressed seething anger over the decline in the students’ academic performance and skill-development at UNRWA schools due to the absence of qualified instructors.

The father denounced the propagation of private tutoring among UNRWA staff members, which he said has added fuel to fire.

The devastating impact of the war in Syria has diminished the academic achievement of students in UN-run schools as educational facilities had come under heavy shelling by the Syrian and Russian forces. Several schools have gone out of operation as a result.

In 2015, 75% of persons in Syria had access to education, down from 95% prior to the outbreak of the warfare.

UNRWA figures have shown that 70% of all the Agency’s schools in Syria have gone inoperative. This is due to school buildings being destroyed, damaged, rendered inaccessible by fighting, or because they have been turned into shelters housing the displaced.

65,479 Palestinian schoolchildren have received academic courses at 118 UNRWA schools operating on a two-shift basis.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/7658