By The Star Staff
The Department of Education has extended the contracts of some 3,479 temporary teachers for two years, Education Secretary Eliezer Ramos Parés said earlier this week.
“I am proud of the good work they have been doing. The joy that many of you reflected in having your students in the classroom again is an evident sign of the love and commitment you feel for them,” Ramos Parés said Wednesday afternoon. “Today, with this extension, we guarantee that more schools will have their teacher rosters completed by next August. At the same time, efforts are being made to hire the remaining teachers in the coming days, so that they are ready to return to school.”
The temporary educators are in addition to the 968 teachers who obtained permanence last May, after going through the probationary period and meeting the requirements of the positions. In addition to teachers, student service assistants, known as T1s, also received contract extensions.
Some of the categories extended by two years were business education teachers in the special education program, industrial education, marketing education, non-occupational agricultural education, and vocational program coordinators. In the technical area, appointments were made to teachers of specialized courses in aeronautical technical maintenance, post-secondary social work, master of engineering technology, master of information systems technology, and master of die-making and tooling.
Social workers, professional counselors, physical education teachers, bilingual education teachers, foreign language teachers and librarians, among other categories, were also included.
The contract extension also impacted the special education area by helping to retain educators in adaptive physical education; for the deaf and hard of hearing, autistic, and visually impaired; and in technology education principles.
The Montessori method retained teachers for infants and toddlers, Casa del Niño, and elementary Workshops 1 and 2, as well as Casa Joven.