Clarification on the Status of Student Aides at the Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education takes this opportunity to clarify the issues surrounding the engagement of Student Aides with the Ministry of Education. It should be noted that the Ministry of Education began the process of regularizing 68 student aides since November 2020. Interviews were held in February 2021 and as a result, 68 student aides will be hired on 3-year contracts, 50 of whom are from the batch of 78 presently on short term; therefore, 50 of the 78 will transition to longer contracted periods within the next 2 weeks. In addition, 10 of the 28 not transitioning to 3-year contracts have been re-engaged until the end of the school year up to this time.
Specific instructions have been issued that No Student Aide will be removed from the student they are assigned to before the end of the school year, and all arrangements are to be made by the Student Support Services Division (SSSD) to accommodate this, in the best interest of the students to which aides are assigned.
The Ministry also wishes to advise that the Student Support Services Division (SSSD), the Division under which Student Aides are employed, is currently being evaluated by Public Management Consulting Division (PMCD), and those recommendations for staffing etc. will be carried forward for consideration.
The Ministry assures that every effort will be made to leave no child behind as we continue to provide access to educational opportunities to all learners.